Itzhak Perlman

Itzhak Perlman 4 © Used with permission.

Israeli-American Violinist, Conductor & Teacher • Born 1945 • European Classical & Klezmer Music

Fast Facts

  • Grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, with his parents who moved there from Poland
  • Spoke Yiddish as a child 
  • Wanted to learn violin after hearing it on the radio
  • Performs with major orchestras around the world
  • Also plays klezmer music, a style from Jewish people in Eastern Europe
  • Was the violin soloist in the soundtrack to the film Schindler’s List
  • Walks with crutches or rides a motorized scooter because of leg paralysis from the disease polio 
  • Speaks about the rights of people with disabilities

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