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Inspiration from the Life of Itzhak Perlman


Itzhak Perlman is a violinist, pedagogue, and conductor. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel on 31 August 1945, he is now one of the most renowned violin players worldwide. In fact, Perlman performed at a State Dinner in the US held in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. He also played the violin at Barack Obama’s first presidential inauguration. Moreover, Perlman won the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015 for his contribution towards the advancement of music. Here are some additional facts about this treasured violinist.


He Could Not Hold A Violin at Three Years Old

Perlman’s interest in the violin started after he heard a classical performance on the local radio station. His parents tried to enroll him into the Shulamit Conservatory, but the conservatory denied their application. The institution stated that Perlman could not hold a violin because he was too small. He was three years old at the time. Perlman did not give up hope. Instead, he got a toy fiddle and he used it to teach himself the violin.


He Contracted Polio at Four Years Old

Itzhak Perlman contracted polio when he was four years old. It affected him for a while, but he recovered from it. However, he had to walk with crutches. This condition did not kill his passion for music. In fact, Perlman gave a recital at the Academy of Music (Tel Aviv) when he was ten years. That was his first recital. Moreover, he made his debut at the Carnegie Hall when he was 18 years old.


Inspiration from the Life of Itzhak Perlman

Your passion for music matters. Never lose hope just because you have suffered a setback. Remember, Perlman’s first setback was when the Shulamit Conservatory denied him admission into their prestigious institution. He did not give up his desire to play the violin. Instead, he taught himself using a toy fiddle. His second setback was when he contracted polio. Still, he did not give up his desire to become a violinist.


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