Itzhak Perlman makes rare İstanbul appearance in sold-out concert

May 29, 2013, Wednesday/ 16:57:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Multiple Grammy-winning violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman, who is billed as one of the finest classical musicians of the 20th and early 21st centuries, played a concert in İstanbul on Tuesday night.

The Israeli-American Perlman took to the stage at the İstanbul Congress Center and was accompanied by his long-time stage partner Sri Lankan pianist Rohan de Silva. The violinist played on the historic Soil Stradivarius violin, once owned by Yehudi Menuhin and made in 1714 by Antonio Stradivari during his golden period.

Over 3,000 people, including distinguished names from Turkey's art community, attended Tuesday's concert, event sponsor Yapı Kredi Private Banking announced in a written statement. The tickets for the concert, organized by Piu Music with support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Greater İstanbul Municipality, were sold out weeks before the musician's appearance.

Speaking ahead of his performance, Perlman said he was happy to be in İstanbul, the Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday.

Also known for his violin solos in Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winning film “Schindler's List,” Perlman performs as a conductor with leading orchestras from around the world, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the London Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic.

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