September 13, 2016

Itzhak Perlman to donate $US 1 million to Israeli music and disability charities

The legendary violinist and winner of the million-dollar Genesis humanitarian prize will give generously to charities.

Some months after accepting the Genesis Prize presented by the Israeli president in Jerusalem this year, violinist Itzhak Perlman has confirmed that he will generously donate the $US 1 million prize money to Israeli music and disability charities.

The Genesis Prize honours individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen fields – and who have inspired others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and State of Israel.

The organisations Perlman has chosen include the Tel Aviv Conservatory to establish a Perlman-Genesis String Project, and a rehabilitation centre in Herzliya, Israel, for children and adults with disabilities.

"What I will cherish even more [than the Prize itself] is the opportunity you have given me to make a meaningful difference in the life of others," said Perlman. "I'm humbled and honoured to receive this award."

Last year, Warner Classics marked the legendary violinist's 70th birthday with a boxed set of his complete Warner recordings - some 59 albums made over 30 years.

This month sees the long-awaited release of a new album recorded with another living legend - Schumann, Bach and Brahms with pianist Martha Argerich.