Fernandina Beach, FL – Itzhak Perlman, undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, will open the 2017 season of the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival with a not-to-be-missed performance on Monday, February 6. Winner of 15 Grammy Awards, Mr. Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. This 7:30 PM concert will be held at at First Baptist Church, 1600 South 8^th Street in Fernandina Beach.

Tickets to the general public will go on sale September 1, 2016.

Christopher Rex, the Festival’s general and artistic director, said, “We are thrilled to be hosting a musician of Itzhak Perlman’s international stature at our 2017 season. Beloved for his enormous talent, charm and humanity, Itzhak Perlman is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy in making music. We can now add Mr. Perlman to the line-up of world-renowned artists, who have graced our stage in recent years, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell and Pinchas Zukerman. Entering its 16th season, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival truly has become one of the nation’s premier musical events.”

Born in Israel in 1945, Mr. Perlman completed his initial training at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv. He came to New York and soon was propelled into the international arena with an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1958. Following his studies at the Juilliard School with Ivan Galamian and Dorothy DeLay, Mr. Perlman won the prestigious Leventritt Competition in 1964, which led to a burgeoning worldwide career. Since then, Mr. Perlman has appeared with every major orchestra and in recitals and festivals around the world.

He also is a frequent presence on the conductor’s podium. He has conducted such major orchestras as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as at the Ravinia and OK Mozart festivals. He was Music Advisor of the St. Louis Symphony from 2002 to 2004, where he made regular conducting appearances, and he was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2001 to 2005. Internationally, Mr. Perlman has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Philharmonic, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic.

His recordings regularly appear on the best-seller charts and have garnered fifteen Grammy Awards. Mr. Perlman was honored in 2008 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in the recording arts. His most recent releases include an all-Mozart recording with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he performed as both soloist and conductor.

A major presence in the performing arts on television, Mr. Perlman has been honored with four Emmy Awards, most recently for the PBS documentary Fiddling for the Future, a film about his work at the Perlman Music program, whichoffers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. He has taught full time at the Perlman Music Program each summer since it was founded in 1994 and currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair at the Juilliard School.

About the AICMF
Entering its 16th season in 2017, the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival is one of the most prestigious music events in the Southeast. The Festival is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For complete information about the Festival visit www.aicmf.com