Itzhak Perlman‘s wife, Toby Perlman is a Juilliard-trained violinist. Toby Perlman is also the founder of The Perlman Music Program (PMP). The couple together has five children; Navah Perlman, Rami Perlman, Ariella Perlman, Noah Perlman, and Leora Perlman.
Toby Perlman was born in 1943 as Toby Lynn Friedlander. Toby Perlman first heard Itzhak in New York music camp when he played Tzigane by Ravel. Three years after that, in 1966, the duo tied the knot.
Itzhak Perlman’s Wife Toby Perlman Is Founder Of The Perlman Music Program(PMP)
The Perlman Music Program(PMP) was founded by Toby Perlman in 1994. She is the Founder, Co-Chair, and Director of the organization. The programs headquarter is at Shelter Island, New York. It offers unparalleled musical training to young and aspiring string players. The faculty consists of some of the greatest sought after tutors, led by none other than the virtuoso Itzhak Perlman. Its programs consist of Summer Music School, Chamber Music Workshop, Life-Long Mentorship, and Travel Residencies.
Mrs. Perlman was only 19 when she used a cafeteria napkin at the Juilliard School to outline what she’d do if she had her own music camp. And now, 25 years since it’s the establishment, PMP has made a name as one of the finest in its field. Toby is a firm believer of the fact that each talent is unique and thus requires it’s own personal approach. According to her, The Perlman Music Program is an educational experience adapted to the needs of the child.
In 2018, the Perlman pair even appeared in Manatee Educational Television (METV) where they chatted about the Music Program.
In the interview, Toby answers the secret behind the program’s success. She says it is because they haven’t enlarged the program yet. Furthermore, she adds that having 35 students allows them to tailor to the individual needs properly.
The Loving Relationship Of Toby Perlman and Itzhak Perlman
In 1963, Toby heard Itzhak play Tzigane by Rave at New York music camp. She was only 20 at the time and Itzhak nearly18. Toby, deeply moved by his playing, approached him and stated,” I want to marry you!”. Itzhak, very much amused at the abrupt confession didn’t give any response. The couple married 3 years later in New Year’s Eve. It’s been more than 50 years the pair have been together now.
With my amazing wife Toby at last summer’s Perlman Music Program celebration! I like to think we make a cute couple! pic.twitter.com/CqZCbvf4nD
— Itzhak Perlman (@PerlmanOfficial) September 5, 2014
Together, the couple parented five children.