October 25, 2016

Violinist Itzhak Perlman honoured with prestigious German Record Critics' Award

The prize also pays tribute to conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt with a posthumous Life Achievement Award.

The German Record Critics' Award has bestowed a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on American violinist Itzhak Perlman in this year's accolades.

The German Record Critics' Award ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik") was established in 1980 to set the "most rigorous standards for supreme achievement and quality" in the field of music recording. The German Record Critics' Award Association consists of some 156 music critics, writers, musicologists and editors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The Awards Committee praised the American violinist, who turned 70 last year, for his decades as a "brilliant virtuoso, recital partner and chamber musician, as a master of the Romantic miniature and not least as a passionate pedagogue.

"Perlman opened the hearts of many listeners to the world of the violin through concerts and recordings, many of the latter becoming 'classics'. Despite his handicap, he has built up a grandiose international career, he motivates and encourages people - often with a wicked sense of humour!

"Perlman believes in the power of music as an international language, his art has always been a message and an appeal to humanity."

Warner Classics celebrated Perlman's recorded legacy in his 70th year with the 2015 boxed set of his Complete Warner Recordings.

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett was also among the 2016 German Record Critics' Award recipients. Sadly, the Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt passed away in March this year before he could receive his prize, which now becomes a posthumous tribute. "With his unconventional range of repertoire, but also with his extraordinary wit and his courageous attitude, Harnoncourt was epoch-making," stated the jurors of the German Record Critics' Award.