Avner Dorman (b. April 14, 1975) is an Israeli-born American composer of contemporary classical music, teacher, and conductor. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Dorman completed his master’s degree at Tel Aviv University where he majored in music, musicology, and physics, studying with former Soviet composer Josef Bardanashvili. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Juilliard School where he studied as a C.V. Starr fellow with John Corigliano. At age 25, Dorman became the youngest composer to ever win Israel’s Prime-Minister’s award. He has since 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. Dorman’s music is published by G. Schirmer
Prominent orchestras that have performed Dorman’s music include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 2006 Naxos Records released an album dedicated to Dorman’s piano works with Eliran Avni at the piano. Dorman is an Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) chosen artist since 2008, which is one of Israel’s highest recognition for excellence in the arts. 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 currently serves as an Assistant Professor of theory and composition at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. On May 29, 2013, it was announced that Dorman was appointed to be the next music director of CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra.
Avner Dorman writes music of intricate craftsmanship and rigorous technique, expressed with a soulful and singular voice. As a native of Israel now living in the United States, Dorman draws on a variety of cultural and historical influences in composing, resulting in music that affects an emotional impact while exploring new territories. His works utilize an exciting and complex rhythmic vocabulary, as well as unique timbres and colors in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings. The world’s finest orchestras, conductors, and soloists regularly perform Dorman’s music, and many of his compositions have become contemporary staples in the repertoire. Dorman’s music is championed by conductors including Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, and Andris Nelsons, and by soloists Gil Shaham, Martin Grubinger, and Hilary Hahn. His 2015-2016 season includes performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony, as well as chamber music premieres at Carnegie Hall and the Phillips Collection. Other world premieres include a new orchestra work for Lexington Philharmonic to be premiered in April 2016 as part of the orchestra’s composer-in-residence program.
The following works by are contained in my collection:
Concerto Grosso (2003).
Mandolin Concerto (2006).
Piano Concerto in AM (1995).
Piccolo Concerto (2001).
—material selected, adapted, and edited from several different sources