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Mendelssohn Piano Trios
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16 year old Journalist Interviews Itzhak Perlman
Posted Jun 10, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Recently Kriyana Reddy, an 11th-grader at International Baccalaureate school interviewed Itzhak Perlman for The Ledger in Lakeland, Florida. Below is Kriyana’s article, “A Music Career is a Passionate Choice”:

While many of today’s teens look to the music industry as a source of entertainment and gossip, few are able to “make it big” and hold onto success; to hold stable careers. Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato, for instance, had their fair share of fame. Now, they are known for their hairstyles, fashion choices, and relationship statuses, not for their music.

The new societal emphasis on STEM is also sidelining the possibility of stability in a music career. According to an article published in 2013 in The Atlantic, humanities and arts enrollment has decreased more than 11 percent in the last 40 years. Also, music degrees are perceived as impractical because of the recent decline of music programs in primary and secondary education. In fact, a study published by U.S. News and World Report states that funding for arts and music has been cut in 80 percent of U.S. school districts since 2008.

The statistics seem startling, but students should not be discouraged from pursuing music careers.

Teens, we must also recognize that pop and rap are not the only genres of music worth exploring. Classical music, for instance, is being redefined by contemporary styles and cultural fusions. It has become a lot more interesting than just lullabies and odes. To learn more, I spoke with Itzhak Perlman, world-renowned violinist and 2003 Kennedy Center honoree.

“The arts are not fluff. They are not on the political front burner … we must recognize that without them, we are a poor society,” he remarked. Perlman and his wife, Toby, established the Perlman Music Program (PMP) 21 years ago. The program provides students with intensive classical music education, summer camps, residencies, workshops and more. Perlman’s work with youth has allowed him to compare playing music to “speaking English in different accents.”

Young classical musicians are “adapting … playing in ways that were unimaginable 50 years ago.” In this sense, the genre is becoming just as innovative as Top 40 and dubstep.

Perlman encourages students to pursue music careers for several reasons. “Know where your passions lie, and just go with it … be a teacher and a learner … and the level of playing is increasing these days, so your potential to be great is higher,” he explained.

Teens, don’t be afraid to pursue your passions. Consider music as a valid career.

“A Music Career is a Passionate Choice” by Kriyana Reddy reprinted from the Ledger READ MORE:

Itzhak Performs with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Posted May 26, 2015 by itzhakperlman

Perlman-Conducting-WEB-795x454The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) proudly hosts Itzhak Perlman with pianist Daniil Trifonov in an all-romantic program from Tuesday, May 19 to Wednesday, May 27, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, Israel.

“It’s not like playing with any orchestra, it’s like playing with family,” says Itzhak Perlman on performing with the IPO.

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov has made a spectacular ascent to classical music stardom since winning First Prize of both the Tchaikovsky and Rubinstein competitions at the age of 20, and has since appeared worldwide with major orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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.