Itzhak Perlman (born August 31, 1945) is a violinist, conductor, and music instructor born in Israel. Perlman has performed worldwide, including in the United States, at a State Dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth II at the White House and President Barack Obama's inauguration. He's conducted the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra. Perlman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015. He also has 16 Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Perlman had two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, the first in 1958 and the second in 1964, on the same show as the Rolling Stones. In 1963, he made his Carnegie Hall debut, and in 1964, he won the Leventritt Competition.
Perlman began touring extensively soon after. He has made appearances on television shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, played at several White House gatherings, and has a considerable recording and performance career. Despite never being listed or promoted as a vocalist, Perlman sang the role of "Un carceriere" ("a jailer") on a 1981 EMI recording of Puccini's "Tosca" alongside Renata Scotto, Plácido Domingo, and Renato Bruson, conducted by James Levine. In a 1980 Pension Fund Benefit Concert aired as part of the Live from Lincoln Center series, he sang the role in an excerpt from the opera alongside Luciano Pavarotti as Cavaradossi and Zubin Mehta conducting the New York Philharmonic. Perlman performed at the New York Philharmonic's homage to the Statue of Liberty's 100th anniversary, which was telecast live on ABC on July 5, 1986. Mehta led the orchestra in a performance in Central Park. Perlman joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) in 1987 for concerts in Warsaw, Budapest, and other cities in the former Soviet Union. He went on tour with the IPO in the Soviet Union for the first time in 1990, performing in Moscow and Leningrad and again in 1994, touring in China and India.
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