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Pauline Lerner

Happy 65th Birthday Itzhak Perlman

September 1, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Yesterday, August 31, was Itzhak Perlman's 65th birthday.  Today we can honor him by watching and listening to some of his work.

One of the most moving pieces Perlman ever recorded is the theme from Schindler's List. 


One of my personal favorites is Perlman playing Dvorak's Dumky Trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Rudolf Firkusny.  Of course, there are many, many more that I could add.


He is also a great musical comedian, as shown in this clip of him performing with Professor Schickele, aka PDQ Bach.  I think this will especially appeal to violin teachers.


Perlman is also a great teacher.  He answers questions that people send to him via his Facebook site, and his puts his answers on his Youtube channel.  Here is one of my favorites, about practicing.

 Thank you, Mr. Perlman.  I hope you had a great birthday.

From Terez Mertes
Posted on September 1, 2010 at 10:15 PM

 Oh, what fun to watch those links! Thanks, Pauline, and happy birthday (yesterday?), Mr. Perlman!

From Pauline Lerner
Posted on September 2, 2010 at 12:38 AM

I'm glad you liked it, Terez.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on September 2, 2010 at 2:22 AM

Thanks so much!!! I love his playing so much!  How true that he is not snob at all.  I (very ordinairy student) talked to him for about 10 min with two other persons because they were nobody else around for autographs.  Can you imagine, accept to talk to nowhere (compared to him...) for 10 min!    Meeting such a violin master was the most significant encounter in my whole life.   Simplicity and humble personality are very often the trademarks of the best musicians.  (although not always those of the best technicians.  Although Perlman is one of the rare good technician AND musician) 

And did you know that beeing born on August 31 could be a lucky sign?  Well perhaps it is because it is also Vadim Repin's birthday... ; )

Happy birthday to them!


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