12 November 2007

Steel Cage Match: Itzhak Perlman vs. Isaac Mizrahi

Itzhak Perlman is a violinist, conductor, and teacher. He is one of the most distinguished violinists of the late 20th century. Perlman was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine, now Israel. Perlman has just been appointed artistic director of the Westchester Philharmonic.

Isaac Mizrahi is an American fashion designer. He was born in Brooklyn of Egyptian Jewish heritage. He is the cousin of Sylvain Sylvain, the old guitarist from the New York Dolls. Mizrahi is currently the spokesperson for Klein-Becker's StriVectin anti-wrinkle cream.

Itzhak Perlman made his debut at Carnegie Hall in 1963. Soon afterward he began to tour extensively. In addition to an extensive recording career, he has made occasional guest appearances on American television, starting in the 1970's on The Tonight Show and Sesame Street, as well as playing at a number of functions at the White House.

Isaac Mizrahi has made appearances in numerous television shows and movies as well. In 1995, a movie was released about the development of his Fall 1994 collection called Unzipped. In fall 2005 The Isaac Show debuted on Style Network. He previously had a show on the Oxygen network.

Itzhak Perlman plays on the antique Soil Stradivarius violin of 1714, considered to be one of the finest violins made during Stradivari's "golden period", as well as the Sauret Guarneri del Gesu of c.1743.

Meanwhile, many of Isaac Mizrahi's designs can be found exclusively at Target.

Itzhak Perlman has been a soloist for a number of movie scores, notably the score of the Schindler's List by John Williams, which subsequently won an Academy Award for best score. More recently, he was the violin soloist for the Memoirs of a Geisha, along with your boy Yo-Yo Ma. As well as playing and recording the classical music for which he is best known, Perlman has also won many awards including: The Leventritt Competition in 1964 and many Grammy Awards: Best Chamber Music Performance in '79, '81, '82, '88 and '91; Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with orchestra); Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra) and Best Classical Album.

Isaac Mizrahi has worked as the costume designer for three Broadway revivals, including two plays (The Women in 2001 and Barefoot in the Park in 2006), and one operetta (Threepenny Opera in 2006). For his work on The Women, Mizrahi won the 2002 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Costume Design.

Itzhak Perlman played during the entertainment at the state dinner attended by Queen Elizabeth II on May 7, 2007, in the East Room at the White House.

In 2006, Isaac Mizrahi was an interviewer for The Red Carpet Show on E! He took liberties with many female actresses, including looking down Teri Hatcher's dress, and feeling Scarlett Johansson's breast. He drew attention to Hilary Swank about being single, due to the fact that she had recently separated from her husband, Chad Lowe. He also asked many celebrities whether or not they were wearing underwear.

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