Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award
Itzhak Perlman overcame childhood polio, made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 18 and hasn’t looked back since, earning admiration from every corner of the classical music world and using his unique combination of personality and virtuosity to lure millions of novices into that world. The Israeli-born violinist has worked with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras — not to mention taking part in genre-bending forays into jazz and klezmer music — but the public has responded most appreciatively to his work as a solo artist. Whether as a touring musician or a mainstay on latenight talk shows, the 15-time Grammy winner has consistently captivated listeners with his alternately witty and winsome playing. In recent years, Perlman has added a number of other lines to his resume: directing the St. Louis Symphony, chairing the Violin Studies Department at Juilliard and, most recently, accepting the principal conductor role at New York’s Westchester Symphony. But Perlman remains, first and foremost, a violinist’s violinist, always ready to put zing into the strings of every listener’s heart.