Murray Perahia was born in New York City to a family of Sephardi Jewish origin. According to the biography on his Mozart piano sonatas CD, his first language was Judaeo-Spanish. The family was from Thessaloniki, Greece. His father moved to the United States in 1935.
Seventh International Schumann Festival
- 2000 Robert Schumann Society Claudio Arrau Memorial Medal
Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance
- 1989 Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos & Percussion
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)