The Perlman Music Program

Supporting the Future Generation of Gifted Musicians

 The Perlman Music Program was founded by Toby Perlman and her husband, the world renowned violinist, Itzhak Perlman. The faculty is led by Itzhak Perlman and is comprised of some of the most gifted musical talents of our time. The Perlman Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students’ lives forever. The Perlman Music Program welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. The program offers unparalleled musical training for students who specialize in playing violin, viola, cello, and bass.

The faculty of the Perlman Music Program works to create an environment where young Israeli musicians feel welcomed, where musical talent is nurtured in a rigorous, yet noncompetitive fashion. Concern for the development of the whole person is always foremost at hand. This is accomplished, in part, by maintaining a student-to-faculty ratio of 2 to 1. During the course of the program, the students typically practice 4 hours every morning and attend rehearsals, coaching, and master classes in the afternoon.

The Need 

The Perlman Music Program, will offer a rare opportunity to bring some of the most preeminent music teachers in the world to Israel to train and instruct gifted Israeli youngsters. The program will host 34 students, ages 12-18, to take part in two and a half weeks of intensive musical instruction by a world-renowned faculty. Half of the students will be Israeli, selected through a competitive audition process, while the other half will be students from around the world specially selected to attend.

Israeli alumni participants of the Perlman Music Program are leading musicians in world orchestras, and others have gone on to international careers as soloists and chamber music players. Recently, violinist Itamar Zorman, who participated in the 2000 Perlman Music Program, won two prestigious international awards: at The International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant at the Lincoln Center New York.

The practice facilities, studios and beautiful concert halls of the Arison Conservatory are the perfect locale to host the program. The conservatory is able to provide each student with a practice room and each faculty member with a state of the art teaching studio. Holding the program at the Arison Conservatory of Music in Tel Aviv provides an exceptional opportunity for young Israeli musicians of excellence from across Israel and all over the world to join together with top-notch musicians lead by the renowned Itzhak Perlman and his team. Participants will receive an intensive two and a half weeks of rigorous musical activity; playing in an orchestra under the baton of Maestro Perlman, working in chamber groups led personally by consummate teachers, and singing daily in the choir.

Participants will receive personal tutoring and training from the program’s teachers. In addition to the music education, students will be offered trips around Israel, affording them an opportunity to get acquainted with the local culture and sights of this fascinating country while forming life-long friendships.