Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman is coming to Atlanta Feb. 16 as part of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. Perlman’s highly anticipated recital is made possible through a partnership between the festival, the city of Sandy Springs and the Sandy Springs Society at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center.
“Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician,” according to the festival. “Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry but also his irrepressible joy of making music.”
Perlman will receive the AJFF Icon Award at the recital. The award honors exemplary artists who’ve upheld the tradition of artistic excellence in film, informed directly or indirectly by a Jewish subject or sensibility, and who inspire preeminence in filmmaking worldwide, the festival reports.
The award for contributions to the cinematic arts was first bestowed on writer-director Lawrence Kasdan of “The Big Chill” and “Star Wars” saga.
Born in Israel in 1945, Perlman was initially trained at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and entered the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following studies at the Juilliard School, 18-year-old Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a growing worldwide career. Since then, he has appeared with major orchestras and in recitals and festivals around the world.
He also has contributed to the world of film. Most recognized for his involvement with the Oscar-winning “Schindler’s List” score, he also contributed to the music of Disney’s “Fantasia 2000,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” and “Hero,” where he played the fiddle as well as his signature violin.
Perlman has performed worldwide for presidents, queens and heads of state. His awards from U.S. presidents include the Medal of Liberty, the Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is the recipient of 16 Grammys, four Emmys, a Kennedy Center honor and the Genesis Prize.
“To bring in talent the caliber of Itzhak Perlman and keep ticket prices affordable requires community support, and it is gratifying to see both community and business come together to make this performance available,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.
The program will include a variety of works for solo violin performed by Perlman along with acclaimed pianist Rohan De Silva. In recognition of 30 years of service to the community, The Sandy Springs Society will also be honored, as a presenting sponsor for the concert.