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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.


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Itzhak Perlman Celebrates 75th Birthday with Sony & Warner Releases
Posted Aug 04, 2020 by itzhakperlman

 Sony Classical releases the first-ever collection of Itzhak Perlman’s complete recordings for RCA and CBS/Sony in a single box set: 18 CDs spanning the years 1965 to 2012.

Itzhak Perlman has dominated the world of violin virtuosos for half a century. His TV appearances had already made him a household name in the US by the time he was 13. A few years later came his Carnegie Hall debut, then the prestigious Leventritt Award, followed by triumphant tours of Israel, North America and Europe between 1965 and 1968. By then he was an international celebrity and recognized “not just as the finest violinist of his generation but as one of the greatest musical talents to emerge since World War II” (leading string authority Tully Potter writing in the NEW GROVE).

New to Perlman CD editions are two complete soundtrack albums: John Williams’ “elegant and thoughtful score” for ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ in which the violinist is joined by Yo-Yo Ma and to which Perlman “brings a magical and peculiarly oriental sound to his violin-playing” (Gramophone), and the music for Yimou Zhang’s Hero by Tan Dun: “Few composers today write more effective melodies for bowed strings” (Gramophone). And to round off this uniquely wide-ranging survey of the violinist’s musical passions and triumphs, in its first appearance in a Perlman collection, the artist is joined by golden-voiced cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot in Eternal Echoes, a highly praised album of liturgical and traditional selections which the violinist has affectionately described as “Jewish comfort music – everything that I recognize from my childhood is in this program.”

The Sony Classical Box Set is available on CD and for download and streaming. Listen and order here.

On September 18, 2020, Warner Classics releases a 6 DVD box-set of important landmarks in Itzhak Perlman’s career with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I can actually see the sound in my head. I can actually see it… But each sound is different so this one has that sparkle, there is a sparkle to the sound.” (Itzhak Perlman)

With 16 Grammy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and four Emmy AwardsItzhak Perlman is one of the most important violinists of the second half of the 20th century. In celebration of his 75th birthday on 31 August, this 6 DVD box set highlights important landmarks in his career with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from six outstanding concerts, the box set also includes the moving portrait Virtuoso Violinist – I know I played every note – a closely-observed account of Perlman’s early life and career. 

The Itzhak Perlman Anniversary Box is available here.

Itzhak Perlman Performs at U.N.’s 75th Anniversary of Liberation at Auschwitz
Posted Jan 27, 2020 by itzhakperlman

Itzhak Perlman performed at the United Nation’s 2020 International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust ceremony on Monday, January 27, 2020.

The event’s theme “75 years after Auschwitz — Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice” focuses on the continued importance of collective action against anti-semitism and other forms of bias 75 years after the Holocaust, and seeks to ensure respect for the dignity and human rights of all people everywhere.

The 2020 United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony was held in the General Assembly Hall, 75 years to the day since the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration and extermination camp, in operation from 1940 until 1945.

Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications hosted the ceremony featuring António Guterres, Secretary-General; Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Nigeria), President of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly; Christoph Heusgen, Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations; Danny Danon, Permanent Representative of Israel; Vassily A. Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation; Cherith Norman-Chalet, Acting Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States; Castro Wesamba, Chief of Office, United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect; and Dan Pavel Doghi, Contact Point on Roma and Sinti Issues with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights.

The ceremony is available to view on at

Lord of the Strings: Itzhak Perlman shares music, memories at the Fox
Posted Jan 14, 2020 by itzhakperlman

The Spokesman Review

“Superstar” is practically an understatement when applied to Perlman. The renowned Israeli musician taught himself to play the violin using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study at the Shulamit Conservatory and the Academy of Music in his native Tel Aviv.

He gave his first recital at age 10 and moved to America at 13 to study at the Juilliard School.

After his studies, a career that has taken him around the world and back again has followed. He has released 11 albums, including 2015’s “The Perlman Sound,” as well as three with pianist Andre Previn and one with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. He also teaches and conducts.


Perlman Music Program · Celebrating 25 Years
Posted Jul 24, 2019 by itzhakperlman

Friends, neighbors and music lovers will be attending the Perlman Music Program gala 25th Anniversary celebration this weekend.

Festivities to honor founders Toby and Itzhak Perlman include a beachfront reception, celebration concert, and dinner with a silent auction on Friday, July 26 at the PMP campus on Shore Road in Shelter Island.

PMP’s story began in 1994 when Toby and Itzhak Perlman arranged a two-week summer program at their home in East Hampton. With the support of donors, Perlman Music Program purchased the former Peconic Lodge property on Shelter Island in 2000.

The Perlman Music Program has expanded to include a spring chamber music workshop, an alumni recital series and music residencies in Sarasota and Israel.

Events in honor of the 25th Anniversary are planned through the summer. PMP alumni are heading to Shelter Island this fall to take part in the Stires-Stark Recital Series.

Students enrolled this year in PMP’s signature Summer Music Program arrived on the Island in late June. They’ll offer free Works in Progress concerts weekly through mid-August.

“Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” Podcast with Itzhak Perlman Available on Demand
Posted Mar 07, 2019 by itzhakperlman

The legendary violinist talks about his difficult childhood, stricken by polio in the war-torn early days of Israeli statehood — and laughs about his early success, whisked away to the United States at 13 to perform on the Ed Sullivan Show. Plus, what makes a truly great instrumentalist? What makes a great teacher? Later, his wife Toby Perlman weighs in, too, so the interview becomes a family affair, topped with a spectacular Mendelssohn performance by eight students from the Perlman Music Program. Toby founded that summer school on idyllic Shelter Island to provide a safe space for young musical geniuses to develop their talents, and themselves. LISTEN NOW