Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences throughout the world, who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for making music. The 2015–16 season commemorated Perlman’s 70th birthday with three album releases and worldwide concert tours. Over the past two decades Perlman has become more actively involved in music education through his work with the Perlman Music Program and at The Juilliard School. Perlman has been honored with 16 Grammy Awards, four Emmys, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In November 2015, former President Obama presented Perlman with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, given to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to security, world peace, cultural pursuits, and other significant public and private endeavors.