Classic FM: Itzhak Perlman gives his five ultimate pro-tips

Classic FM: Itzhak Perlman gives his five ultimate pro-tips

Itzhak Perlman giving an interview for Classic FM at London’s Savoy Hotel on April 5th
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Interview: Itzhak Perlman gives Classic FM his five ultimate pro-tips for practicing
Elizabeth Davis
Classic FM
April 8, 2016

Itzhak Perlman is one of today’s greatest violinists – so who better to ask for advice on how to get the most out of your practice and tackling nerves? Classic FM spoke to the brilliant musician in London’s Savoy Hotel, ahead of the U.K. leg of his European tour.

How long do you need to practice? This is a question people discuss a lot and the answer is reassuringly not “12 hours a day – in fact, why are you reading this instead of practicing right now.”

How do you get the most out of your practice? It’s all about quality not quantity, as Itzhak explains.

What about nerves? How does a violinist of Itzhak’s stature tackle them? Because even today’s greatest violinist can get an attack of pre-concert butterflies.

What tip would he give to someone trying to build a career? Here’s what he told us.

And what’s the best piece of advice he’d give to a young musician?

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