Itzhak Perlman: I started the violin when I was four. I liked the sound of it, so that’s why I chose it. That’s why I said to my parents, “I want to play this instrument.” And then you start to get reaction from people: “Is he talented? Does he have a gift?” And so on and so forth.  I was always into sound.  I had a good concept of sound on the violin. I heard it in my head. So people always say, “Oh, he has a very nice sound.” And one thing leads to another, and you develop, you study. I studied with one teacher, actually, in Israel. I studied with a teacher who had a Russian background. I studied with her.  She’s the only one that I studied with. We studied at the age of five, and she taught me until I was 13, and that’s when I came to the States. So one thing leads to another and then says, “Well, you know, he’s pretty talented.” And so on. So it’s not like I woke up one morning and said, “That’s what I want to do,” you know. It’s a gradual thing.