Ivry Gitlis (Hebrew: עברי גיטליס; born Haifa, August 22, 1922) is an Israeli violinist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He has performed with the world's top orchestras - including the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Israel Philharmonic, and many of his recordings are considered classics.
Born in Haifa, Palestine Mandate, to Jewish immigrants from Russia, Gitlis studied violin at an early age. When violinist Bronisław Huberman first heard him play, he sent him to study at the Conservatoire de Paris, where Gitlis won a first prize, aged 13. His teachers include Carl Flesch, George Enescu, and Jacques Thibaud. In 1951, Gitlis made his debut in Paris.
His first recording, Concerto à la mémoire d'un ange by Alban Berg, won the Grand Prix du Disque in France.
In 1968 he participated in John Lennon's The Dirty Mac project on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus program.
In 1971 Bruno Maderna wrote Piece for Ivry for him. In 1975 he played a dramatic role as Hypnotist in Francois Truffaut's film "The Story of Adele H".