Itzhak Perlman, 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate

On December 14, 2015, The Genesis Prize Foundation announced world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman as the 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate.

Mr. Perlman was recognized for his unparalleled professional success in the field of music and for his leadership in teaching young talented musicians and serving as an advocate for people with disabilities.

Mr. Perlman asked The Genesis Prize Foundation to direct his $1 million award to initiatives fostering inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel and North America.

Itzhak Perlman, 2016 Genesis Prize Laureate

“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. 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, The Genesis Prize Foundation

“Itzhak Perlman is the embodiment of everything an ideal Genesis Prize Laureate should be. 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.”