Itzhak Perlman gives us his five ultimate pro-tips for practising

30 August 2017, 14:57

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? We spoke to the brilliant musician in London’s Savoy Hotel, ahead of the UK leg of his European tour.

How long do you need to practise?

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 practising right now.”


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?


To find out where you can hear Itzhak Perlman performing live, visit his website.

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