Avner Dorman, classical music composer
(born April 14, 1975 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is an Israeli born composer of contemporary classical music.
Avner Dorman holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Juilliard School where he studied as a C.V. Starr fellow with John Corigliano. He completed his Master's degree at Tel Aviv University (where he majored in music, musicology, and physics) studying with former Soviet composer Josef Bardanashvili.
At age 25, Avner Dorman became the youngest composer to ever win Israel's prestigious Prime-Minister's award. Since, he has been awarded the "ACUM" prize from the Israeli performing rights society for his Ellef Symphony. Ma'ariv, the second largest newspaper in Israel, named Dorman "Composer of the Year" for 2002, and the performance of his song cycle Boaz received the Israeli Cultural Ministry Prize for best performance of Israeli music the same year. Dorman's Variations Without a Theme, premiered by Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2003, won the 2004 Best Composition of the Year award from ACUM. This piece led to a commission from Zubin Mehta, PercaDu, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! , a concerto for percussion duo and orchestra. Avner Dorman's music is published by G. Schirmer.
Prominent orchestras that have performed Avner Dorman's music include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In 2006 Naxos Records released an album dedicated to Avner Dorman's piano works with Eliran Avni at the piano to critical acclaim. Ken Smith of the Gramophone Magazine wrote that "Dorman is not just a fresh, young voice, worth following. He's also a composer whose music, particularly as rendered here by pianist Eliran Avni (for whom several of these works were written), fits well on the instrument and resonates strongly with the musical tradition at large." In 2010 Naxos Records release an album dedicated to Avner Dorman's chamber orchestra concerti. Avi Avital's performance of Dorman's Mandolin Concerto on this recording was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award in the category of Best Instrumental Soloist Performance with Orchestra.
Dorman is a Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) chosen artist since 2008, which is one of Israel's highest recognition for excellence in the arts.
Piano Sonata no. 2
Violin Concerto, 3rd Movement
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