Mission and Toby's Dream
Founded by Toby Perlman in 1994, The Perlman Music Program (PMP) offers unparalleled musical training to young string players of rare and special talent. With a world-class faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and a signature summer program on Shelter Island, PMP is developing the future leaders of classical music within a nurturing and supportive community.
Young musicians of talent need support. Left alone with their gift, without the instruction and mentoring that helps them thrive, even the most exceptional young artists will struggle. Supporting the next generation of world-class musicians drives us to do what we do at PMP - we nurture and develop early promise into a full-fledged musical voice.
The Perlman Music Program welcomes young musicians of rare and special talent into a richly supportive musical community. Through intensive summer programs, year-round mentoring, and on occasion, an international study or performance tour, the program offers unparalleled musical training for students ages 12 and up, who play the violin, viola, cello, bass and piano. With a faculty led by Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the Program offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students’ lives forever.
The Perlman Music Program seeks to ensure that the very best musicians can take advantage of this opportunity, regardless of their economic background or financial means.
I believe that students do best in an atmosphere in which they are not afraid to express themselves and are encouraged to be independent thinkers. This is not the atmosphere in which I was raised.
My personal experience informs me that no matter what the discipline, when students know they are being heard and not judged, they begin to take risks and try out new ideas.
Each talent is unique and therefore demands a personal approach, and, fortunately, we are able to make this philosophy a reality at The Perlman Music Program. Our student body is small; we can implement this approach to teaching and learning. The outcome is that The Perlman Music Program is able to nurture young people who develop confidence and become interesting, both as players and as people.
Our students come to us from all over the world. They lead complicated lives shouldering both musical and academic responsibilities; great demands are made upon them. They often are pushed to embark on a career path while they are still children, precisely at the time they need the support of an enriching and nurturing environment in order to flourish musically and personally.
At The Perlman Music Program we help to foster the talent and spirit of these extraordinarily gifted very promising young musicians.
- Toby Perlman
Founder, Co-Chair, and Director