Awarded: April 2000
(b. Aug. 31, 1945)
Itzhak Perlman was a child prodigy. He came to New York at the age of 13 and studied violin with the influential American teacher Ivan Galamian. Renowned for his brilliant technique and musicianship, his mentor, Isaac Stern, has called his talent “utterly limitless.” Perlman tours and records extensively. Crippled by polio at the age of 4, he is a strong proponent of equal rights for the disabled.
Related Library Resources
- View the online collection "Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1885."
- The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection at the Library of Congress
- Read a guide to the Library's collections of musical instruments.
- Read "Musical Acquisitions II: Violinist Louis Kaufman's Papers Acquired" from the November 2000 Library of Congress Information Bulletin.