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Born in 1945


Inducted in 2001

Itzhak Perlman began to study the violin not long after being disabled by with poliomyelitis at age four. He began to give regular recitals, and by age 10, he had also played in concerts with the Israel Broadcasting Orchestra. In 1958 he won a competition that rewarded him with a trip to New York to appear on the Ed Sullivan television show in 1959. Perlman remained in New York, and was awarded scholarships that enabled him to study at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay. Perlman’s professional debut at Carnegie Hall on March 5, 1963, was followed a year later by his winning the prestigious Leventritt Competition. As a result of the Leventritt award, he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic and other major American orchestras. Between 1965 and 1967, he made concert tours of the United States, Israel and Europe, and made his British debut in 1968. Perlman has since appeared with every major orchestra, and in recitals and festivals throughout the world. Perlman is also renowned as a teacher. He initiated a master class at the Meadow Brook Music Festival in Rochester, Michigan in 1970, and has given master classes at the Aspen Music School. He is also on the faculty of The Juilliard School. He has received 16 Grammy awards, most recently in 1996 for The American Album with Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony. Another one of his remarkable achievements was performing the violin solos in John Williams’ score for Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award-winning film “Schindler’s List.” Perlman is also the recipient of honorary degrees from Harvard, Brown, Yale, Brandeis, Roosevelt, Yeshiva and Hebrew Universities. He was awarded a Medal of Liberty in 1986 by President Reagan.