Through the generosity of Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, the McCallum Theatre welcomes the return of violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva for one performance on Thursday, January 19, at 8:00pm.

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music.

Having performed with every major orchestra and at venerable concert halls around the globe, Mr. Perlman was granted a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Obama in 2015; a Kennedy Center Honor in 2003; a National Medal of Arts by President Clinton in 2000; and a Medal of Liberty by President Reagan in 1986.

In the 2016/17 season, Itzhak Perlman performs season-opening gala concerts with the Baltimore Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony, and appears with the Toronto, Cincinnati, Houston and San Diego symphonies, among others. He conducts the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony at Ravinia Festival. Throughout the season, he performs with his regular collaborator, pianist Rohan De Silva, in recitals that take them across North America including Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles

In Fall 2016, Warner Classics released a new album that Mr. Perlman recorded earlier that year in Paris with one of the greatest pianists of our time, Martha Argerich. It marks a historic first studio album for this legendary duo, exploring masterpieces by Bach, Schumann and Brahms. It has been 18 years since their last album together, a live recital from the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

In 2016, Mr. Perlman recorded a bonus track for the original cast recording of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, released on Broadway Records. The cast recording features Mr. Perlman on a track titled “Excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof,” arranged by John Williams.

Itzhak Perlman has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Genesis Prize.
Over the past two decades, Mr. Perlman has become actively involved in music education through his work with the Perlman Music Program and the Juilliard School, where he currently holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair.

Rohan De Silva has partnered with violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman in worldwide recitals, and every notable violinist on the concert stage today. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall in London, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and at the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama in 2012 ; and at a State Dinner in 2007 hosted by President George W. Bush for Queen Elizabeth. A native of Sri Lanka, Mr. De Silva was invited in 2015 by the Prime Minister of his country to perform for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on his historic visit to Sri Lanka.

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. De Silva performs with Itzhak Perlman in recitals that take them across North America including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Kravis Center of West Palm Beach, Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center and San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall. In the 2015-16 season, Mr. De Silva toured with Mr. Perlman in sold-out concerts throughout Asia and to Europe in their first appearances as a duo in London (Barbican Centre), Paris (Philharmonie de Paris) and Munich (Gasteig).

Mr. De Silva began his piano studies with his mother, Primrose De Silva, and with Mary Billimoria. He spent six years at the Royal Academy of Music in London , and received many awards including the Grover Bennett Scholarship, the Christian Carpenter Prize, the Martin Music Scholarship, the Harold Craxton Award, and the Chappell Gold Medal for best overall performance. Mr. De Silva was the first recipient of a special scholarship in the arts from the President’s Fund of Sri Lanka. This enabled him to enter the Juilliard School, studying with Martin Canin, Felix Galimir, and violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. He was awarded Best Accompanist at the Ninth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, and received the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award presented to him by Itzhak Perlman at Carnegie Hall.

Mr. De Silva has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, CBS/SONY Classical, Collins Classics in London and RCA Victor.

Through the generosity of Arlene Schnitzer and Jordan Schnitzer, the McCallum Theatre presents violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman with pianist Rohan De Silva on Thursday, January 19, at 8:00pm.

Tickets for this performance of Itzhak Perlman and Rohan De Silva are priced at $137, $97, $77 and $67. Tickets are available at the Theatre’s website at or by calling the McCallum Theatre Box Office at (760) 340-ARTS. The McCallum Theatre, located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert CA 92260, accepts payment by cash, personal check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.