“My dear dear friend Ivry Gitlis is gone. He was a virtuoso violinist, a true individual, and a larger than life personality. For more than 50 years I was lucky to be his friend. I shall miss you Ivry,” tweeted Itzhak Perlman on Twitter today.
As one of the modern greats of classical music, Ivry Gitlis not only performed with the best orchestras in the world but never stopped experimenting, seeking new fans far beyond the elite.
Ivry Gitlis was as comfortable playing with the Rolling Stones or jazzman Stephane Grapelli, with African storytellers or gypsies, as he was with classical repertoire.