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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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Upcoming Performances in Istanbul and Izmir
Posted May 13, 2015 by itzhakperlman

B9316666547Z.1_20150319221253_000_GTOA98J48.1-0Itzhak Perlman, heads to Istanbul for the third time in as many years, for a concert appearance at the Zorlu Center PSM on Thursday, May 28, 2015, 9 PM.

The Israeli-American virtuoso, who played two sold-out concerts in İstanbul in 2013 and 2014, will be joined onstage by pianist Rohan DeSilva.

“The wonderful, warm and responsive audiences make the trip worthwhile, says pianist Rohan DeSilva. “Itzhak and I are looking forward to the delicious cuisine and great Turkish delights.”

The 68-year old violinist’s upcoming concert hopes to equal his previous sold-out concerts in which he performed for more than 3,000 classical music lovers.

After their Istanbul concert, the pair head to Izmir to thrill audiences for the first-time on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Izmir is one of the fastest-growing cruise-ship ports of call on the Aegean and an excellent base for trips to nearby Ephesus and Pergamon.

Let’s hope Itzhak Perlman and Rohan DeSilva get to spend some time browsing the boulevards, enjoying the elegant seafront, riding a century-old cliff-face elevator and visiting some of the most extensive Roman ruins outside Pompeii.

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Midwest Tour Sells Out
Posted May 04, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Photo by Jonathan Kirn

Photo by Jonathan Kirn

Itzhak Perlman sold out all three of his Midwest tour dates in April. Perlman performed in recital with pianist Rohan DeSilva in East Lansing, MI and Carmel IN. The program included Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major, Op. 12. Additional works were announced from the stage.

In addition, Itzhak Perlman performed with the Milwaukee Symphony with conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong. The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, under the dynamic leadership of Music Director Edo de Waart, is among the finest orchestras in the nation. Since its inception in 1959, the MSO has found innovative ways to give music a home in the region, develop music appreciation and talent among area youth, and raise the national reputation of Milwaukee. Read more about Itzhak Perlman’s Milwaukee appearance in Milwaukee’s Journal Sentinel by Elaine Schmidt:

Play Trivial Perlsuit Now!
Posted Apr 27, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Trivial Perlsuit Puzzle

Trivial Perlsuit Puzzle

Can you figure out what these people have in common?

The answer might surprise you: they all appeared on the cover of Newsweek magazine.

Newsweek magazine called Itzhak Perlman the ”World’s Top Fiddle” when he was featured on the cover in 1980.

There he was – just past 30 – mentioned in the same breath with the century’s great line of solo performers: Joseph Joachim, Fritz Kreisler, Joseph Szigeti from the past, and more recently Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, and above all, Heifetz.

”It’s a silly title,” says Perlman of being called ”top fiddle.” ”The most important thing to me is what my colleagues and audience think of my music. All the money, glamour, and glitter that’s been associated with this is very, very nice, but I still feel I should not forget what I am dedicated to. I’m a musician first, and I hope to grow nicely old with music.”

Although Newsweek was never known for being as arts-friendly as its chief rival, Time, the magazine regularly featured an arts section with interviews, record reviews and critical commentaries.

Katrine Ames is an arts reporter who came to Newsweek in 1970 as a researcher, and worked her way up to senior editor before leaving in 1996. “When I started, there was music every week,” she recalled in a phone conversation. “This wasn’t just Newsweek, it was everywhere.”

Ames remembers an era when artists like Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta and Pierre Boulez would land on the cover, and the magazine featured a major cover story on Bach’s 300th birthday in December 1985.
“Editor Jack Kroll would fight tooth and nail,” to get classical music covered, said Aimes.

New 25 CD Box Set Coming In May
Posted Apr 20, 2015 by itzhakperlman

unnamedDeutsche Grammophon will release the first-ever Itzhak Perlman box set featuring 25 CD’s recorded from 1968 and 2001 – many of them classics – partnered by some of the greatest artists of his time.

Itzhak Perlman made his début on the “Yellow Label” (Deutsche Grammophon) with the much acclaimed Berg / Stravinsky Concerto coupling (with Ozawa) and won new fans for the Elgar Violin Concerto (with Barenboim) in the 1980s. Concerto recordings of Saint-Saëns and Wieniawski, Lalo, a ‘favorites’ CD and The Four Seasons with Perlman playing “Winter” also form part of the discography.

The box set also includes the highly-prized disc of Bach Arias featuring Kathleen Battle, with Itzhak Perlman playing obbligato violin; and there is also the disc of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Concertos, with Perlman conducting his young protégé Ilya Gringolts.

All recordings are presented in their original couplings with original jacket sleeves. A pleasant surprise was the “rediscovery” of two sets of Mozart Variations that didn’t find room in the current bestselling Collectors Edition Box of Mozart Violin Sonatas – now restored to the catalogue for the first time in many years! Restored to the catalogue are two delightful sets of Mozart Variations, not included in the current set of the Violin Sonatas in Collectors Edition.

With new liner notes by Tully Potter, a reminiscence by Itzhak Perlman himself and recording sessions’ photos, this set makes a fitting tribute to a great artist.

Behind The Scenes at New Album Shoot
Posted Apr 15, 2015 by itzhakperlman

IMG_20150310_114819169_HDRHere’s a behind-the-scenes look at pianist Emanuel Ax and violinist Itzhak Perlman’s photo shoot with New York photographer, Shervin Lainez for their upcoming Fauré/Strauss album scheduled for release on Friday, August 28, 2015.

“It is always a special experience to make music with good friends,” says Itzhak Perlman.

Lainez is known for capturing musicians’ personalities through colors and angles, postures and spacing. His portfolio boasts musicians from different backgrounds and genres (Regina Spektor, Amanda Palmer, Conor Oberst, Tegan and Sara, and Chromeo, to name a few). His array of work has its own unique signature, striding across major magazine and album covers with the identifying “Shervin” characteristics.

The two celebrated masters of the concert stage, Mr. Ax and Mr. Perlman will soon be performing together in major cities across the country this Fall. The new upcoming album marks their second recording collaboration. The pair first collaborated with multiple Grammy Award-winning cellist, Yo-Yo Ma on the Mendelssohn Piano Trios for Sony Masterworks in 2009.