Los Angeles Times

Vilificati­on of a virtuoso


At age 4, I decided I wanted to become a profession­al violinist after watching Itzhak Perlman perform on “Sesame Street.” Throughout my childhood, I sent fan mail to Mr. Perlman, to which I would always receive a response. These letters from my violin-idol inspired me. I disagree with Mark Swed’s allegation­s that “Perlman has not grown as an artist.” [“Perlman Revisits Glory of the Past,” Jan. 14]. I consider this characteri­zation inaccurate and unfair.

Sam Fischer

Concertmas­ter of the Desert Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmon­ic

Studio City

I think the remark about Mr. Perlman collecting exorbitant fees is of no relevance whatsoever to his musical talent. It almost seems like a personal attack.

Arnie Keren

Los Angeles

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