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.
Concertmaster of the Desert Symphony and the Riverside County Philharmonic
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.