Genesis Prize 2016 Awarded to Violinist Itzhak Perlman

Genesis Prize 2016 Awarded To Violinist Itzhak Perlman


 Genesis Prize 2016 Awarded to Violinist Itzhak Perlman


The Jerusalem Foundation warmly congratulates renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Perlman was a personal friend of Jerusalem Foundation founder Teddy Kollek, and has donated his time and talents to Jerusalem’s development.


The Genesis Prize for 2016 - This one-million dollar prize was established three years ago, and is granted by the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency, and the Genesis Foundation. It has been nicknamed “The Jewish Nobel”. Mr. Perlman joins previous  Genesis Prize winners, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and actor Michael Douglas.


Itzhak Perlman was chosen from a long list of contenders in a variety of fields. An announcement published by the awards committee said that “Perlman has reached the rare level of a superstar in the field of classical music. He is loved because of the magic and humanity that he brings to his performances, alongside his musical talent…the prize is being awarded to Perlman for his musical achievements, as well as his efforts to advance young musicians and the voice he gives to those with disabilities”.


After the news became public, Mr. Perlman published an announcement saying, “I am humbled and honored to receive the Genesis Prize, recognizing not just my professional achievements and my desire to improve the world, but also my commitment to my Jewish identity, Jewish values and Jewish culture.”


Itzhak Perlman was a personal friend of Teddy  Kolek, who served as mayor of Jerusalem  and was the founder of the Jerusalem Foundation. Mr. Perlman is a long-time supporter of the Jerusalem Foundation and dedicated time to helping the Foundation with fundraising events to support different projects throughout the city. Additionally, with the establishment of the Jerusalem Music Center in Mishkenot Sha’ananim, with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation, Mr. Perlman held various master classes for young musicians, who had the privilege of learning from one of the world’s most famous violinists. Mr. Perlman also started the “Perlman Music Program” at the Jerusalem Music Center, in order to encourage and develop the next generation of string players under the tutelage of a teaching faculty drawn from some of the world’s finest musicians, including Perlman himself.


The Jerusalem Foundation warmly congratulates Itzhak Perlman for receiving this prestigious prize in recognition of his immense achievements and his role as a source of inspiration to young talent and to people with special needs. Mr. Perlman serves as an outstanding example of the living expression of the values of the Jewish people.