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" My oldest daughter is a pianist; she plays concerts. We play together, also. "
" I have just one fiddle. It works, and that's it. It has been an old friend. "
" I love to work with young kids. "
" When you live in a small country such as Israel, the dream of any musician is to go abroad. "
" I'm a great sports fan, you know. I love to watch tennis and basketball and baseball and so on. "
" My experience with the Detroit Symphony has been musically very satisfying. They have a wonderful sound, which for me is one of the most important qualities in an orchestra. "
" I always find Bach to be an expression of a love of life. There's an enthusiasm that's absolutely contagious. "
" A lot of people ask me, 'What is your goal now that you have done everything?' And I always say that my goal is to not be bored by what I do. The only way that I cannot be bored by what I do is if I play something and it's all new to me. "
" A talented child will have a schedule that is horrendous. You get up and practice, go to school, practice some more, eat dinner, and then you have homework. "
" Television will always err on the side of making something not quite as classy as it could be. "
" One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening. "
" Teaching is really very, very important. I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself. "
" If you put four different people on a podium conducting the same downbeat, you get four different sounds. It's a little mysterious and fascinating. There's so much you can do with motions and body movements besides giving accurate beats. "
" The arts are part of the fiber of American society and should get Federal support. "
" I'm a mushroom freak. I make a mushroom soup where I use maybe six or seven varieties, not just portobello and shiitake, but dried porcini and morels. "
" To bring a large audience to a piece of serious music and make it accessible does not mean reducing it in any way. And I've learned that if something is good, even if it is a little difficult, people will get that it is good. "
" I always find that there is a real communication between voice and violin. "
" A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays. "
" I can tell you that many soloists probably wish they could sit. "
" I met my wife in music camp. She's got great ears, and we have a relationship where she's not afraid to tell me anything. If something's going on in my playing, she will tell me about it, and that's very, very important. "
" The problems of the disabled are unpopular. "
" The 'Mozart Symphony No. 27' is an early composition. I find it charming. "
" In Paris they have special wheelchairs that go through every doorway. They don't change the doorways, they change the wheelchairs. To hell with the people! If someone weighs a couple more pounds, that's it! "
" I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities for people who care about the future of classical music. "
" There is no such thing as getting rid of nervousness. "
" Life is always full of challenges. I believe you're never happy unless you're consistently making challenges for yourself. "
" If you can read, then you can recite Shakespeare. But that's not acting. "
" Trust your ability! "
" Access Living is a powerful voice for people in the Chicago area who live with disabilities. "
" I'm now doing three things: concerts, conducting, and teaching, and they each support each other. I learn to see things from different perspectives and listen with different ears. The most important thing that you need to do is really listen. "
" I am an eternal optimist. I always say 'Yihyeh Tov' or 'It'll get better.' "