ITAMAR ZORMAN, violin

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Itamar Zorman is one of the most soulful, evocative artists of his generation, distinguished by his emotionally gripping performances and gift for musical storytelling. Since his emergence with the top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, he has wowed audiences all over the world with breathtaking style, causing one critic to declare him a “young badass who’s not afraid of anything.” His youthful intensity and achingly beautiful sound shine through in every performance, earning him the title of the “virtuoso of emotions.”

In the 2019-20 season, Itamar Zorman will make his Atlanta Symphony debut performing the Berg Violin Concerto with Karina Canellakis conducting, appear for the first time with the Illinois Symphony and at the Lakes Area Music Festival, and return to Classical Tahoe and the Ann Arbor Symphony. Recital and chamber music appearances will take him around the country to Dallas, New Orleans, Tallahassee, Hudson Valley, Brattleboro, Laguna Woods, and elsewhere.

The 2018-19 season featured concerto performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, the IRIS Orchestra and Michael Stern, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Orchestra, among others. In recital and chamber music, he appeared at Peoples’ Symphony Concerts and Merkin Hall in New York, at the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, and on tours with the Lysander Trio and Israeli Chamber Project.

He recently released Evocation, an album of Paul Ben-Haim’s works for violin and orchestra, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach on BIS Records to great critical acclaim. His first solo recording, Portrait, features works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith, and Brahms and was released by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler.

In recent years, Itamar Zorman has appeared with major orchestras across four continents - USA, Europe, Asia and South America - including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the KBS Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Het Gelders Orkest, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade; and at festivals including Marlboro, Classical Tahoe, Chamberfest Cleveland, Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. He has also collaborated with a number of legendary artists such as Richard Goode (including performances at Carnegie Hall and Library of Congress) and Mitsuko Uchida.

He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, and, in addition to receiving top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, other successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and at the 2011 Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition.

Described as a “poet of the violin”, Itamar Zorman is also a committed chamber player. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, with which he won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prize in the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, 1st prize in the 2011 Arriaga Competition, and a bronze medal in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

A committed and passionate educator, Itamar Zorman has been appointed associate professor of violin at the Eastman School of Music for the 2019-20 academic year.

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman 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 under the tutelage of Sylvia Rosenberg, and he is an alumnus of the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Christian Tetzlaff and Mauricio Fuks. He is also the recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and has taken part in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Haendel, and Ivry Gitlis.

He plays on a 1734 Guarneri del Gesu, from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

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Itamar Zorman’s recordings are available on the BIS Records and Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler labels. Please visit Mr. Zorman on line at itamarzorman.com and on Facebook (@itamarzorman) for additional information about touring, recordings, and special projects.
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