Part of: Great Artists II
Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Evgeny Kissin, Piano
MOZART Violin Sonata in D Major, K. 306
BRAHMS Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100
BEETHOVEN Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major, Op. 47, "Kreutzer"
A reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as for his talent, he is treasured by audiences around the world for his remarkable artistry and irrepressible joy for making music.
Mr. Perlman has performed with every major orchestra and at concert halls around the world. He was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom—the highest civilian honor in the United States—by President Barack Obama in 2015; a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003; a National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton in 2000; and a Medal of Liberty by President Ronald Reagan in 1986. He has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Genesis Prize.
The 2018–2019 season marks the 60th anniversary of Mr. Perlman’s US debut and appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on November 2, 1958. This milestone was celebrated with a return to the Ed Sullivan Theater in November 2018 in a special guest appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Mr. Perlman also performed Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with Gustavo Dudamel at the Hollywood Bowl, and made season-opening gala appearances with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas, and with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Krzysztof Urbański.
This spring, Mr. Perlman performs duo concerts for the first time with celebrated pianist Evgeny Kissin in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. He has also made appearances with longtime collaborator Rohan De Silva throughout the season in recitals across North America. Mr. Perlman debuts a new program next month entitled Evening with Itzhak Perlman, which captures highlights of his career through narrative and multimedia elements intertwined with performance.
In addition to his engagements as violinist and conductor, Mr. Perlman also makes an increasing number of appearances as a speaker. In November 2018, he joined Alan Alda for a conversation at 92nd Street Y. An award-winning documentary about Mr. Perlman, Itzhak, premiered in October 2017 as the opening film at the Hamptons International Film Festival. The film was released theatrically in more than 100 cinemas nationwide in March 2018, with international releases following in the summer of 2018. Directed by filmmaker Alison Chernick, the documentary details the virtuoso’s struggles as a polio survivor and Jewish émigré, and serves as a reminder of art’s vitality. For more information, visit itzhakthefilm.com.
Evgeny Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past. He is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many great orchestras and conductors, including Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, Carlo Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Seiji Ozawa.
Mr. Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play piano by ear at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has been his only teacher. At the age of 10, Mr. Kissin made his concerto debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, and gave his first solo recital in Moscow one year later. He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of 12, he performed Chopin’s First and Second piano concertos in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko. This concert was recorded live by Melodiya, and a two-LP album was released the following year. Given the astounding success of this recording, Melodiya released five more LPs of Mr. Kissin’s live performances in Moscow.
During the 2018–2019 season, Mr. Kissin has given solo recitals in Vancouver and San Francisco before embarking on an extensive tour of Asia that included recitals in Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul, Yokohama, Tokyo, and Osaka, as well as a tour of Japan with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and an appearance with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. In Europe, he performs with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, and Berliner Philharmoniker, among others. In addition to touring major European and North American cities with a solo recital program of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, and Scriabin, Mr. Kissin partners with Itzhak Perlman for duo recitals in Boston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC.