Itzhak Perlman, the 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate
On December 14, 2015, The Genesis Prize Foundation announced world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman as the third Genesis Prize Laureate. Mr. Perlman plans to direct his prize money to philanthropic projects in the fields of music and support for individuals with disabilities.
“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,” said Itzhak Perlman. “I have always been very proud of my Jewish heritage, which has greatly influenced my music, my world view, and my work as an advocate for individuals whom society often leaves behind.”
Stan Polovets, Co-founder and Chairman of the Genesis Prize Foundation
“Itzhak Perlman is the embodiment of everything an ideal Genesis Prize Laureate should be,” said Chairman and Co-Founder of the Genesis Prize, Stan Polovets. “Itzhak has achieved unparalleled professional success, and through his music brings joy to millions of people around the world. A 16 time Grammy award winner, he has been an incredible source of inspiration for individuals with special needs by overcoming tremendous personal challenges.”