Itzhak Perlman, Award-Winning Violinist, Talks The Importance Of Teaching

03/27/2014 01:26 pm ET | Updated Mar 27, 2014

Grammies, a Kennedy Center Honor, a National Medal of Arts -- you name it, violinist Itzhak Perlman's won it.

Now 68, Perlman started playing the violin as a child and has been teaching it for the last forty years. One could say his pupils have lucked out with such an esteemed instructor, but he insists the privilege is all his.

"Teaching is really very, very important," he told HuffPost Live's Josh Zepps. "I always tell my students that you should find an opportunity to teach. When you teach others, you teach yourself."

"So I find that teaching for me has been quite incredible in the importance of me playing the violin and conducting," he said. "Everything helps. When you teach someone at a very high level, you have to listen very specifically to what they do. Teaching is really so essential."

Perlman was born in Tel Aviv and diagnosed with polio at age four. You can donate to his 'End Polio Now' campaign here.

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