Currently alive, at 71 years of age.
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1945 – He was born on the 31st day of August this year in Jaffa. He first became interested in the violin when he heard a classical music performance on the radio. He studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv before moving to the United States to study at the Juilliard School.
1963 – He made his debut at Carnegie Hall.
1964 – He won the prestigious Leventritt Competition this year.
1970 – He has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting this year on shows such as The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.
1979 – He and Vladimir Ashkenazy won Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance for Beethoven: Sonatas for Violin and Piano.
1987 – He joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for their concerts in Warsaw and Budapest, as well as other Eastern bloc countries.
1990 – He has performed with a number of other notable musicians, including with Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman and Yuri Temirkanov at the 150th anniversary celebration of Tchaikovsky in Leningrad in December of this year.
1993 – He has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, notably the score of Schindler’s List.
2002 – He served as the Music Advisor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from this year until 2004.
2003 – He was named the holder of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation Chair in Violin Studies at the Juilliard School, succeeding his teacher, Dorothy DeLay. He received an award at Kennedy Center Honors in this year.
2005 – He was the violin soloist for Memoirs of a Geisha, along with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, and was nominated for "Best Original Score" at the 73rd Academy Awards.