Itamar Zorman

Itamar Zorman – violinistIZ-1-full-Jamie-Jung-761x1024

Distinguished by his emotionally gripping performances and gift for musical storytelling Itamar Zorman is regarded as a singularly soulful and evocative artist. Since his emergence as a laureate at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition he has been in demand on four continents, appearing with major orchestras in the USA, Europe, Asia and South America. They include the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Het Gelders Orkest, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony and the KBS Symphony. Recent tours have included South America with the Jerusalem Symphony and Switzerland with the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden.

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The 2019-20 season sees his debuts with the Atlanta Symphony conducted by Karina Kanellakis and Illinois Symphony orchestras, as well as a return to the Kronberg Festival with Kremerata Baltica. Itamar Zorman also regularly performs play-directs with chamber ensembles; in February 2020 he will return to Sweden to play-direct Camerata Nordica, following his successful debut there in 2018; Other play-directs last season included the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and The United Strings of Europe.

The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Itamar Zorman has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, and at festivals including the Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Delft and the Copenhagen Summer Festival, as well as Marlboro, Classical Tahoe and Chamberfest Cleveland in the US. He has also closely collaborated with artists such as Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode and Jörg Widman.

Itamar Zorman has championed the music of Paul Ben-Haim, reintroducing his work to the wider audience. In 2019 his album Evocation of Ben-Haim’s violin works was released on BIS, to widespread critical acclaim; the Strad describing it as ‘a labour of love for Itamar Zorman, whose playing…is impeccable’. The CD features the concertante works with BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Philippe Bach, as well as chamber works with pianist Amy Yang and music for solo violin. His first solo recording, entitled Portrait, featuring works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith, and Brahms was released by Profil – Editions Günther Hänssler.

Described as a ‘poet of the violin’, Itamar Zorman is a committed chamber player. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, he began his violin studies at the age of six with Saly Bockel at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. He graduated in 2003 and continued his studies with Professor David Chen and Nava Milo. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Hagai Shaham, and his Master of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg. He then went on to receive an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012. Zorman is also an alumnus of the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Christian Tetzlaff. He is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He plays on a Guarneri Del Jesu from 1734, from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

July 2019

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Videos

Evocation (film)
promotional film for the release of Ben Haim CD, March 2019
Rodrigo: Concierto de estío
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Frédéric Chaslin (Feb 2019)
Brahms: Violin Concerto op.77 (excerpts)
Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, Benjamin Shwartz (May 2016)
Dvorak: Romance in F minor op.11
Israel Chamber Orchestra, Ariel Zuckerman (May 2015)
Schubert: Rondo Brillant
Alexander Tentser, piano (Jul 2016)
Moshe Zorman: Chaplin Fantasy for solo violin
(April 2017)

Repertoire

Solo Works with Orchestra
  • Achron
  • Hebrew Melody for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 33

  • Beethoven
  • Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61

  • Berg
  • Chamber Concerto for piano, violin, and 13 wind instruments
    Concerto for Violin

  • Bernstein
  • Serenade (After Plato’s Symposium)

  • Ben-Haim
  • Violin Concerto
    Three songs without words (composer’s orchestra arrangement)
    Yizkor (Evocation) for Violin and Orchestra

  • Bloch
  • Concerto for Violin & Orchestra
    Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life
    Nigun

  • Brahms
  • Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 77
    Double Concerto in A minor Op. 102

  • Bruch
  • Concerto for Violin No 1 in G minor, Op. 26

  • Chausson
  • Poème for Violin and Orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25

  • Dutilleux
  • Violin Concert, L’arbre des songes

  • Dvořák
  • Violin Concerto in A minor, Op.53, B.108
    Romance in F minor, Op. 11
    Humoresque
    Mazurek, Op.49

  • Hartmann
  • Concerto funèbre

  • Kreisler
  • Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta (arr. Zorman)

  • Lalo
  • Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21

  • Leshnoff
  • Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

  • Ligeti
  • Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

  • Mendelssohn
  • Concerto for Violin in E minor, Op. 64

  • Mozart
  • Concerto for Violin No 3 in G major, K 216
    Concerto for Violin No 4 in D major, K 218
    Concerto for Violin No 5 in A major, K 219 “Turkish”
    Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola in E flat major, K 364

  • Paganini
  • Concerto for Violin No 1 in D major, Op. 6

  • Piazzolla
  • Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

  • Prokofiev
  • Concerto for Violin No 1 in D major, Op. 19
    Concerto for Violin No 2 in G minor, Op. 63

  • Ravel
  • Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra

  • Respighi
  • Poema autunnale

  • Rodrigo
  • Concerto d’été
    Concierto de Estío for Violin and Orchestra

  • Saint-Saëns
  • Havanaise for Violin and Orchestra in E major, Op. 83
    Introduction and Rondo capriccioso in A minor, Op.28

  • Sarasate
  • Concert Fantasy on Bizet’s “Carmen”, Op. 25
    Navarra,Op. 33
    Danzas españolas (2), Op. 22

  • Schnittke
  • Triple Concerto

  • Schubert
  • Rondo for Violin and Strings in A major

  • Sibelius
  • Concerto for Violin in D minor, Op. 47

  • Shostakovich
  • Violin Concerto No1 in A minor, Op. 77(99)

  • Szymanowski
  • Violin Concerto No1 in A minor, Op. 77(99)

  • Tchaikovsky
  • Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 35

  • Vivaldi
  • Concertos (4) for Violin, Op. 8 no 1-4 “Le quattro stagioni”

  • Wieniawski
  • Concerto for Violin No 2 in D minor, Op. 22
    Polonaise brillante no 1 in D major, Op. 4
    Variations for Violin on an original theme, Op. 15

  • Wiesenberg
  • Suite Concertante (Encounters IV) for Classical Violin, Klezmer Violin and String Orchestra

  • Ysaye
  • Chant d’hiver

  • Moshe Zorman
  • Violin Concerto
    Hora for Violin and Orchestra

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