Renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman awarded 2016 Genesis Prize

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Renowned Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman (70) has been awarded 2015 Genesis Prize which is also known as Jewish Nobel prize. Perlman has been bestowed with prestigious prize for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for the disabled and also for his commitment to his Jewish identity.

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu will present the award to Mr. Perlman on June 23, 2016 at a award ceremony to be held in Jerusalem. Just last month, Perlman received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

Facts about  Itzhak Perlman :

  • Itzhak Perlman was  born on August 31, 1945  in Tel Aviv, then British Mandate of Palestine, now Israel.
  • Perlman first became interested in the violin after hearing a classical music performance on the radio but he was denied admission to the training institute for learning violin for being too small to hold a violin. He instead taught himself how to play the instrument using a toy fiddle until he was old enough to study violin in a formal way.
  • Perlman contracted polio at age four. He made a good recovery, learning to walk with crutches. Today, he uses crutches or an electric Amigo scooter for mobility and plays the violin while seated.
  • Perlman has played the violin solo in John Williams’ Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Schindler’s List in 1993 and performed with the world’s top symphony orchestras, and has been a regular guest at White House events.

Awards and Honors :

Perlman has won 16 Grammys award including a lifetime achievement award in 2008. In November 2015 he was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour.

About Genesis Prize :

  • The Genesis Prize founded in 2012 is dubbed as Jewish Nobel prize given annually to an exceptional human being who has attained outstanding excellence and international renown in his or her chosen field, is a role model in the community and who can inspire the next generation of Jews worldwide. The Prize carries USD 1 million
  • The prize was founded by the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel, Genesis Philanthropy Group, and the Jewish Agency for Israel with the objective of inspiring and developing a sense of pride and belonging among young unaffiliated Jews throughout the world.
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