ITAMAR ZORMAN, violin
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 2017-2018 season, Itamar Zorman will appear with the Classical Tahoe and Asheville Symphony Orchestras to perform Jonathan Leshnoff’s Chamber Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as with the Southwest Florida Symphony and Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra. International performances include concertos with the Kremerata Baltica, the Meininger Hofkapelle and NFM Leopoldinum Orchestra, Wrocław. Recital and chamber music appearances include the Kravis Center, Billings Symphony Orchestra Recital Series, Dublin-Laurens Arts Council, Juilliard School, Pro Musica (SMA), Hudson Valley Music Club, String Theory at the Hunter Museum of Art, Argenta Concert Series, and returns to the Marlboro and Swannanoa Festivals.
In addition to performing traditional violin masterpieces, some of the works Itamar loves to play are the Bernstein Serenade (centennial in 2018), the Ben-Haim Evocation for Violin & Orchestra (1942), which he will record in the coming season, Berg Concerto, Dutielleux L'arbre des songes (The Tree of Dreams), Piazzolla Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires), Szymanowski Concerto (80 years since his death in 2017), and Wieniawski Concerto. Collections of his favorite shorter works, selected from Dvorak Romance, Respighi Poema Autonnale, Rodrigo Concerto de estio (Summer Concerto), Saint-Saens Havanaise or Rondo Capriccioso, and Ravel Tzigane are options he offers as well.
As part of an ongoing exploration of the music of Paul Ben-Haim, he is recording a CD of the works for violin and orchestra with BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach for BIS Records. His first solo CD recording, entitled “Portrait”, features works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith, and Brahms and was released by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler.