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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Itzhak Perlman – an encouraging voice for Special Persons

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Itzhak Perlman, a well known American violinist, virtuoso and a musician, who was hit by a severe attack of Polio, when his age was just four years, consequently he became disabled person. Perlman is a brave, optimistic person, in the critical part of his life he did not show any frustration at all and prove himself as a great artist and a greater man.

Now he can also walk properly with the help of crutches and wheelchair during his performances. By taking support from these helpers he got a reasonable recovery. He also uses electric Amigo scooter for the activity and plays violin while being seated. He is known a marvelous Artist of the 20thcentury.

Itzhak Perlman was born on August 31, 1945 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Historically the city was the part of British Palestine. Earlier on he was attracted by the violin due to listen several classical music programs at Radio. Perlman learnt musical education from Shulamit Conservatory and the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before migrating to the US. Afterwards he went to the US for the study at Juilliard School from the great violin teacher Ivan Galamian and his assistant Dorothy DeLay.
Presently Perlman is completely resided in the US along with his five children. His wife Toby is also a skilled classical violinist.

Itzhak Perlman’s first performance was initiated at Carnegie Hall in 1963, where he won the impressive Leventritt Competition. In 1970 he gave a guest appearance in the American Television shows like “The Tonight Show” and “Sesame Street”. Perlman also performed on a different occasions at the White House events. In 1990 Perlman showed his talent in several musical concerts hosted by Soviet Union government and the shows were held at Masco and Leningrad. At the time of 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningard, Perlman jointly performed with the great artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Isaac Stern and Yuri Temirkanov. On June 2007, a US state dinner was arranged in the honor of Queen Elizabeth II, Perlman gave an unforgettable performance during the entertainment session.

He also performed at the inaugurating ceremony of President Barack Obama with the famous artists Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Gabriela Montero (piano) and Anthony McGill (clarinet).

Presently various students at a master level are taking musical classes from him at Perlman Music Program on Long island New York. Besides he is also teaching music classes at community centre in Be’er Sheba, Israel.

Perlman gains several awards, few are below:
Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance
The “Medal of Liberty” which was awarded by President Reagan in 1986
Grammy Award for best International Soloists performance (with orchestra)
Grammy Award for best International Soloists performance (without orchestra)
Grammy award for best Classical Album
“National Medal of Arts” by President Bill Clinton
Helping Activities
Perlman also takes part in great struggles which have been purely established for the disable and special persons. Perlman wants that some constitutional amendments should be formulated for the disable persons through this they can take easy approach to the buildings and transportation sources.
Perlman is the active member of the Rotary international Organization which is engaged in eliminating Polio disease from the whole world. Rotary International is providing great help to deliver the Polio vaccine on an international level. With the excellent struggles of Rotary International a notable decrease has been appeared in polio. Rotary is also endeavoring to eradicate the Polio completely in most the troubled countries like India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  


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