ITAMAR ZORMAN, violin
Recently awarded the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Itamar Zorman is also the winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, where he subsequently performed in the winners' concerts with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Other competition successes include the first prize and special prize for a performance of a Mozart Concerto at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition in April 2011, which led to his Avery Fisher Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra led by the late James DePreist. Itamar Zorman has performed as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Het Gelders Orkest in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tokyo Symphony in Suntory Hall, Utah Symphony, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, and Orquesta Filharmonica de Cali, amongst others.
Highlights last season included summer engagements at the Marlboro Music Festival, Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, his debut at the Verbier Festival (broadcast live on Switzerland’s main classical music radio station) and an East Coast tour with the ‘Musicians from Marlboro’. Itamar Zorman undertook a nine-concert, two-city tour of Israel with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and David Robertson; performed with the Tokyo Symphony in Japan’s Suntory Hall; and gave concerts with the Philharmonie Baden Baden, Russian State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya”, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of South Bay, Haifa Symphony, Waterbury Symphony and the Fundación Sinfonia in Santo Domingo.
In October 2013, Zorman gave recitals in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg and the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and took part in the Kronberg Academy Festival, which included a concert with the Moscow Soloists and Yuri Bashmet. In 2014 he will undertake another tour with ‘Musicians from Marlboro’ and make his debut on the Louvre recital series in Paris.In November 2014 he will appear at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo playing the Beethoven concerto with Daniel Oren. In the spring of 2014 his first CD recording will be issued by Profil-Editions Günther Hänssler featuring works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith and Brahms.
As a chamber musician, Itamar Zorman has appeared at the Lincoln Center, the Zankel and Weill Recital Halls in Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. A founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, Zorman has toured Israel and North America for the past five seasons. He is also 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. In July 2010, Mr. Zorman played in a series of recitals broadcast on Radio France for the Radio France Festival in Montpellier. He was one of three protagonists featured in the documentary film “Violinissimo”, which followed the lives of three promising young violinists, and was released by Detail Films throughout Germany in 2012.
A recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Itamar Zorman has participated in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Handel and Ivry Gitlis, to name a few. He has also participated in festivals such as the Aspen Music Festival and School, the NAC Young Artist Program in Ottawa (Canada), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Voice of Music (Israel), Masters de Belesbat (France), The Heifetz International Music Institute (New Hampshire), and ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest (Austria).
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. He received his Master's of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, and received an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012, studying with Ms. Rosenberg. Itamar Zorman is currently a student of Christian Tetzlaff at The Kronberg Academy.
Itamar Zorman plays on a Pietro Guarneri violin from 1745 from the private collection of Yehuda Zisapel.