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Happy Birthday Itzhak Perlman!

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Violinists Miri Ben-Ari & Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman is an Israeli-American violinist, conductor and pedagogue, one of the greatest violinist of all time. Perlman contracted polio at the age of four and had to learn how to walk with crutches. He always plays the violin while seated. I grew up in Israel listening to his classical violin recordings and have always been a big fan of his classical violin technique, rich sound and musical interpretation. Perlman makes the violin sing!
Itzhak Perlman was the host of AICF’s 75th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, December 14, 2014, where I was presented with the “Aviv Award”. I was humbled to share the stage with him and celebrate America-Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF) 75 years of supporting the best in Israeli culture. This amazing organization has supported my early music education when my parents could not afford my violin studies.
This picture was taken backstage at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, we were having a conversation about music (of course!)
I would like to wish Itzhak Perlman a very happy birthday, full of music, and for many more years of being an inspiration to violinists and music lovers like myself.

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