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August 31

Itzhak Perlman

This 2003 Kennedy Center Honoree often plays the priceless 18th century Soil Stradivarius—one of the most famous violins in the world.

Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-129161

1945: A Violin Virtuoso
Itzhak Perlman is born in Tel Aviv, Israel
Violin superstar Itzhak Perlman’s musical genius has brought new appreciation of both the delicacy and power of the instrument to legions of listeners.

After studying violin at New York’s Julliard School, young Perlman made his Carnegie Hall debut at the tender age of 18. He often performs solo, other times in small ensembles—such as the group playing at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama in January 2009.

Either way, it is this virtuoso’s sheer love of music—be it classical, baroque, romantic, or modern—coupled with his flawless technique that caused a critic from The New Yorker to write that Perlman’s playing was “everything one wants a violin sound to be.”
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