For 17 days at the end of each year, the world’s greatest living concert violinist makes his home in Sarasota.
But Itzhak Perlman doesn’t leave New York behind to sit on a beach. It’s not a vacation. He comes here to teach young musicians during the Perlman Music Program Sarasota Winter Residency.
With a resume that includes 16 Grammys, four Emmys, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Kennedy Center Honor, the 72-year-old Israeli-American icon is always in demand for concert performances. He’s played for presidents, heads of state and the Queen of England.
The thing is, he loves working with students.
“When you teach somebody else, you teach yourself,” Perlman tells Creative Loafing (CL). “And I always tell the kids, never miss an opportunity to teach, on any level. Because it really helps you with your own music-making.”
Reprinted from the article by reporter, Bill Deyoung for the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay website.