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501. Creative Artists[X]
1Name:  Mr. Itzhak Perlman
 Year Elected:  1997
 Class:  5. The Arts, Professions, and Leaders in Public & Private Affairs
 Subdivision:  501. Creative Artists
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1945
Israeli-born violinist Itzhak Perlman is known worldwide for his flawless technique and warm stage presence. Propelled into the international arena with his 1958 appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" at age 13, Mr. Perlman has since gone on to tour internationally both in recital and with orchestra and earned 13 Grammy awards for his recordings. Among the few classical artists to be on the cover of Newsweek magazine, he has appeared on television shows as diverse as the Tonight Show and Sesame Street. As a performer, speaker, teacher, collaborator and friend to countless young musicians, he is an invaluable ambassador for the human spirit and has transcended the traditional bounds of musicianship. Mr. Perlman was appointed artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic, from 2008 to 2011. He will conduct the orchestra at three of its five programs for three seasons beginning in October 2008. In 2015 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2016 he was awarded the Genesis Prize.
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