2016 Genesis Prize has been won by Violinist Itzhak Perlman [ Current News (Concise) ]


2016 Genesis Prize has been won by Israeli-American violinist Itzhak Perlman which is also known as Jewish Nobel prize. He has been granted with prestigious prize because of his accomplishments as a musician, teacher and advocate for the disabled and also for his commitment to his Jewish identity.

Image of Itzhak Perlman

Image of Itzhak Perlman

2016 Genesis Prize Winner

  • Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of Israel will present the award to Mr. Perlman at the June 23, 2016 award ceremony to be held in Jerusalem.

About Itzhak Perlman

  • Perlman was born on 31 august 1945 at Tel Aviv, the British Mandate of Palestine (now Israel).
  • His legs were permanently paralyzed due to Polio at the age of four.
  • He had played the violin solo in John Williams’ Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Schindler’s List in 1993.
  • He also has performed with or conducted the world’s top symphony orchestras, and has been a regular guest at White House events.
  • Awards:
  • 16 Grammys award including a lifetime achievement award in 2008.
  • In November 2015 he was awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom which is highest civilian honor of nations.

About Genesis Prize:

  • Genesis Prize was launched in 2012 and also dubbed as Jewish Nobel prize in 2014.
  • It was founded by the Prime Minister Israeli and Private Genesis Prize Foundation and Chairman’s office of the Jewish Agency to inspiring sense of pride among young generation.
  • The Prize amount is 1 million US dollars
  • It is organized annually for those who have achieved professional success, contributed to humanity and shown a strong commitment to Jewish causes and the state of Israel.
  • The first recipient of the prize was Mayor Michael Bloomberg from New York.

- Published/Last Modified on: December 16, 2015