'This is a very distinguished performance indeed [Beethoven]. It is one where one's senses tell one from the start that nothing will mar the employment ; how this should be I do not know, but immediate distinction is already apparent and it is never lost.' Gramophone Magazine Itzhak Perlman, violin virtuoso, conductor, and master-instructor is widely considered as one of the preeminent violin virtuosi of the 20th century. He made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963 and won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the 1970s on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House. While primarily a solo artist, Perlman has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Isaac Stern, and Yuri Temirkanov at the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December 1990. He has also performed (and recorded) with good friend and fellow Israeli violinist Pinchas Zukerman on numerous occasions over the years.