The legendary 16 Grammys award winner Israeli-US violinist Itzhak Perlman has been awarded the 2016 Genesis prize for his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for people with disabilities.
- The $1m (£660,000) prize aka Jewish Nobel is given annually to an individual who has achieved professional success, contributed to humanity and shown a strong commitment to Jewish causes and the state of Israel.
About Itzhak Perlman
1945 born Perlman (70) has won 16 Grammys and 4 Emmy Awards including lifetime achievement and played the violin solo in John Williams’s Oscar-winning soundtrack for the 1993 film Schindler’s List.
- He has performed with or conducted the world’s top symphony orchestras and has been a regular guest at White House events.
- In 2015 he received the US presidential Medal of Freedom (nation’s highest civilian honour).
His Notable performances
- In 2007, Perlman played at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II at the White House.
- In 2009, he performed John Williams’s “Air and Simple Gifts” at the inauguration ceremony for Barack Obama.
About Genesis Prize
The prize was inaugurated in 2014. The former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg was the recipient of the first prize.
- The USD$1 mn award 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.
- Founders – Office of the PM of Israel, Genesis Philanthropy Group and Jewish Agency for Israel.