in the LA Times

I’m delighted to be mentioned in this article in wonderful company. The article is a tribute to Itzhak Perlman. A huge talent and an entertainer’s rapport with a global audience (pre-internet!) In my NewMusicBox interview this year, I mentioned Perlman as one of the “ideals” or “heroes” that mean a lot to me. I know most of the recordings in this article. I loved his Glazunov, Lalo, Bruch Scottish Fantasy. I was fond of the film of his Beethoven concerto with Giulini, and his playing on Schindler’s List. I went to many recitals he gave at Avery Fisher and Carnegie, including the Mozart sonatas with Barenboim.

I actually don’t know him personally but for many years he felt like a nearby presence. I studied with his teacher and friend Dorothy DeLay atĀ Juilliard for 8 years, from 14-21, and 5 summers at Aspen. She spoke often of things she learned teaching him, aspects of his playing, favorite jokes of his. I was always moved by her steadfast belief in his ability to tour as a successful performer despite his handicap. The repertoire we worked on was almost all Baroque to early 20th-century. In 2005, Robert Mann was honored by the American Composers Orchestra at a benefit and I was asked to play a piece written by him. Perlman presented the award to Mr. Mann and introduced my performance – nice memory of finally crossing paths.

In my experience anyway, it has seemed to me that people these days know who Itzhak Perlman is. But they often don’t know who Szeryng was or Milstein or Elman or Grumiaux – the generation before.

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