Itzhak Perlman

  • Aired:  09/19/12
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Acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman shares his early fascination with classical music and questions the Colbert Bump. (4:15)

>> STEPHEN: WE WILL DOM WHACK BEGUN EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT SAY WORLD RENOWNED VIOLINIST.

I HOPE HE PLAYS "THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA." PLEASE WELCOME ITZHAK PERLMAN.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NICE JOB.

THANK YOU SO MUCH BEING BEING HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING.

IT'S SO REFRESHING TO SIT DOWN AND SPEAK WITH ANOTHER MASTER OF THEIR CRAFT.

[ LAUGHTER ]

YOU ARE ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS VIOLINISTS IF THE WORLD, TRUE?

>> IF YOU SAY SO.

>> STEPHEN: I DO.

I DECLARE IT SO.

>> THEN YOU ARE RIGHT.

>> STEPHEN: YOU PLAYED ON ED SULLIVAN WHEN YOU WERE 13?

>> THAT'S TRUE.

>> STEPHEN: YOU'VE DONE IT ALL GRAMMYS, EMMYS EVERYTHING FROM CARNEGIE HALL TO SESAME VOTE AND

NEXT WEEK PERFORMING AT THE OPENING GAL LA OF THE NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC'S 171ST SEASON.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

THANK YOU I DID READ THAT WELL, THANK YOU.

>> YOU FORGOT I'M DOING THE COLBERT SHOW, TOO.

>> STEPHEN: CONGRATULATIONS, WHEN AN HONOR.

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

IT'S -- WE'RE UNTIL THE DAYS AFTER TONEMENT HERE.

ANYTHING WOULD YOU LIKE TO APOLOGIES FOR ME FOR?

>> FOR ALL THE WRONG NOTES.

THROUGHOUT THE YEARS THERE WERE ABOUT -- I THINK -- THREE OF THEM.

>> STEPHEN: I WAS GOING TO SAY, I ACCEPT YOUR APOLOGY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I LOVE CLASSICAL MUSIC IN ITS PLACE, OKAY, AT THE BACKGROUND -- BACKGROUND AT A NICE RESTAURANT OR SOMETHING TO

CUT AN OLYMPIC MONTAGE TOO BUT I DON'T UNDERSTAND PEOPLE'S PASSION FOR CLASSICAL MUSIC.

WHAT IS IT THAT DREW YOU TO IT?

>> I WAS LISTENING ON THE RADIO TO VIOLINIST AND CLASSICAL PIECES AND ORCHESTRAS AND I LIKE PARTICULARLY THE VIOLINISTS THE

SOUND OF TONE.

>> STEPHEN: HOW OLD ARE WE TALKING HERE?

>> THREE OR FOUR YEARS AGO.

THEY BROUGHT ME A SMALL VIOLIN AND IT DIDN'T SOUND LIKE I HEARD ON THE RADIO.

I THREW IT AWAY.

WE POST PONIED MY TRAINING TO A YEAR LATER WHEN I COULD ACTUALLY MAKE A SCRATCHY SOUND.

>> STEPHEN: WHEN DID PEOPLE SAY THIS KID HAS GOT IT?

>> ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

>> STEPHEN: REALLY?

YOU ARE A LATE BLOOMER.

[ LAUGHTER ]

I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE MODERN CLASSICAL MUSIC SCENE RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S BECAUSE THE ASIANS, OKAY, HAVE COME OVER HERE AND

TAKEN OUR VIRTUOSO CLASSICAL MUSICAL POSITIONS.

WE INVENTED IT.

WE DON'T GO OVER THERE AND TAKE THEIR PLING PLANG MUSIC.

THERE'S NO THREE-YEAR-OLDS OVER HERE MASTERING THE GONG.

HEY, I'M CALLING IT LIKE I SEE IT.

HOW DEAR THEY TAKE OUR JOBS.

>> ARE WE BEING TAPED NOW.

>> STEPHEN: THIS IS LIVE.

>> I HAVE TO ANSWER TRUTHFULLY.

>> STEPHEN: WHY?

>> IT GOES IN CYCLES.

IT HAS TO DO WITH ROLE MOLDS.

ENOUGH SOMEBODY FROM KOREA OR JAPAN OR CHINA WHO IS WONDERFUL MUSICIAN, THEN YOU SAY I WANT TO BE LIKE HIM.

>> STEPHEN: AFTER THIS.

AFTER THIS PEOPLE ALL OVER AMERICA WILL BE PLAYING THE VIOLIN AFTER YOUR APPEARANCE HERE TONIGHT.

>> I KNOW THAT.

>> STEPHEN: I'M GIVING THE VIOLIN THE COLBERT BUMP RIGHT NOW.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> STEPHEN: I'M GIVING THE BUMP VERY GENTLY BECAUSE IT'S A STRATOVARIUS --

>> I'LL LOOK AT MY FACEBOOK PAGE AND SEE HOW MUCH OF A BUMP YOU ARE GIVING ME.

>> STEPHEN: WOULD YOU PLEASE DO A SONG FOR US WHEN WE COME BACK?

>> NO, I DON'T WANT TO.

>> STEPHEN: FOLKS, I TRIED.

WE'LL BE BACK WITH A PERFORMANCE ABOUT ITZHAK PERLMAN.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.