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Itzhak Perlman | Rohan De Silva set for the Schermerhorn / Nashville Scene Q&A

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Most American classical musicians toil in obscurity. Not Itzhak Perlman. The renowned violinist is a household name. And in America, household names invariably end up in TV commercials, like the tongue-in-cheek spot he did a couple of years back with comedienne Rhea Perlman.  Television is nothing new for the Israeli-American virtuoso. His career began on TV in 1958, when he appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show at age 13. Six years later, he won the prestigious Leventritt Competition and appeared on Sullivanagain, as an opening act for no less a group than The Rolling Stones.  He went on to become one of the successful instrumentalists in history, winning no fewer than 15 Grammy Awards along with the National Medal of Arts and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Perlman has been a familiar figure in Nashville. He performed at the grand reopening of the Schermerhorn after the 2010 flood, and he's appeared in the hall several times since. The Scene spoke with him prior to his recital with pianist Rohan De Silva this Sunday afternoon, Nov. 20.     READ THE Nashville Scene Q&A