Join Itzhak on Facebook
Join Itzhak on Facebook

Join the Itzhak Perlman Official Facebook group today!

Mendelssohn Piano Trios
Mendelssohn Piano Trios

Itzhak Perlman and Yo Yo Ma together again on this disc available now from amazon, iTunes and retail outlets.


Itzhak Perlman News
Yes, Itzhak Perlman Plays, but the Highlight of the Doc “Itzhak” Is How Much He Talks
Posted Mar 09, 2018 by itzhakperlman

Enjoy Simon Abrams’ wonderful review of the ‘Itzhak’ documentary for the Village Voice:

The makers of the irresistible character-study doc Itzhak capture Itzhak Perlman’s characteristic warmth and bravado through short, anecdote-centric scenes that make the Israeli American violinist sound like a big-hearted raconteur who’s just dying to tell you everything about himself.

Director Alison Chernick wisely suggests that it’s something in Perlman’s bubbly, imperious personality — rather than some singular biographical event, like the musician’s childhood struggles with polio — behind his rise to becoming the rock star of the classical music world. She lets him talk: Come for the soulful musical clips, stay for the great dad jokes about “Jewish Google” and “garbage pail soup.” And she employs pre-existing video and audio footage of Perlman performing to illustrate his abstract, even rambling theories about how he has grown as an artist by answering his Juilliard School students’ questions, or of what one admirer truly means when he compliments Perlman for “praying with the violin.”


‘Itzhak’ Hits Theaters This Week!
Posted Mar 07, 2018 by itzhakperlman

The mythology surrounding the Stradivarius and the quality of the sound it produces is legendary. Itzhak Perlman plays a ‘Soil’ Stradivarius, from 1714, formerly owned by Yehudi Menuhin and considered to be one of the finest violins from the Stradivari family’s “Golden Period.” He also plays a Guarneri del Gesu 1743 ‘Sauret’ and the Carlo Bergonzi 1740 ‘ex-Kreisler.’

‘ITZHAK’ is hitting the big screen in this week. GET TICKETS

Strings Magazine features Documentary of Itzhak Perlman
Posted Feb 16, 2018 by itzhakperlman

March’s String magazine features an article on the ‘Itzhak’ documentary by James C. Taylor.

Itzhak Perlman has been a household name for so long that it’s easy to lose perspective when it comes to his accomplishments: fame, countless awards and honors—plus, of course, his recordings and performances. But there’s a scene in the new documentary Itzhak (to be released in selected theaters this month and airing on PBS later this year), in which the fruits of his success become immediately tangible.

Over the course of its 82 minutes, the documentary, directed by Alison Chernick, reveals many facets of his personality and artistry, but in one of the scenes shot in Perlman’s Manhattan townhouse, viewers are shown a glimpse of his office, where you can see his 16 Grammy awards, four Emmy awards, and Presidential Medal of Freedom all lined up next to each other. The force of his triumphs hits you in a very physical way.


‘Itzhak’ Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion at JCC
Posted Feb 14, 2018 by itzhakperlman

Last night Itzhak Perlman, Toby Perlman and director Alison Chernick appeared on a panel after the screening of the ‘Itzhak’ documentary at the ReelAbilities Film Festival at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Manhattan in New York.

The ReelAbilities Festival is dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories, and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Award-winning films are presented in various locations throughout the NY metropolitan area. Discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.


‘ITZHAK’ Documentary Scheduled For Theatrical Release in NYC This March
Posted Jan 31, 2018 by itzhakperlman

‘ITZHAK’, a documentary centered around multi-talented musician Itzhak Perlman, will open in New York March 9th and roll out nationwide. The film, directed by Alison Chernick and presented by Greenwich Entertainment, is also scheduled to be released nationwide at a later date.

From Shubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to…Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life; “praying with the violin,” says renowned Tel Aviv violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously as a music student when schools saw only his disability. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years, Toby. Itzhak and Toby’s lives are dedicated to their large, loving, Jewish family in NYC and their continual support of young musicians