Perlman at 75: the last old-school virtuoso?

The New York Times’ Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim profiles Itzhak Perlman as the violinist turns 75. In addition to being one of the few performers in classical music whose artistry and personality resonates with a wider public, Perlman, stricken by polio when he was 4, has been a driving force in making concert halls and other public spaces accessible to people with disabilities.

Fonseca-Wollheim examines Perlman’s role in performance and music education, but wonders whether his persona as a traditional classical virtuoso has diminishing impact in contemporary art and society: