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Avner Dorman

Avner Dorman Israeli composer

Israeli composer
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Intro Israeli composer
Countries Israel
Occupations Musician Composer
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 14 April 1975
Education Juilliard School, Tel Aviv University
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Avner Dorman (Hebrew: אבנר דורמן; born April 14, 1975 in Tel Aviv, Israel) is an Israeli-born composer and conductor.



Dorman holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the Juilliard School where he studied as a C.V. Starr fellow with John Corigliano. He completed his master's degree at Tel Aviv University (where he majored in music, musicology, and physics) studying with former Soviet composer Josef Bardanashvili.


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. 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 is an Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation (IcExcellence) chosen artist since 2008, which is one of Israel's highest recognition for excellence in the arts.

He is currently a 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.



  • Wahnfried (2016, commissioned by the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe)

Works for Symphonic Orchestra

  • Siklòn (2015, commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Cleveland Orchestra)
  • After Brahms (2015, commissioned by the Lexington Philharmonic)
  • Dialogues of Love (2014, commissioned by Grand Rapids Symphony)
  • Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu (2012, commissioned and premiered by the Stockton Symphony, led by music director Peter Jaffe)
  • Astrolatry (2011, Commissioned and premiered by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Justin Brown)
  • (not) The Shadow (2010, a Magnum Opus commission, premiered by Marin Symphony conducted by Alasdair Neale)
  • Azerbaijani Dance (2010, premiered by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta)
  • Uriah (2008-9, commissioned and premiered by the San Francisco Symphony conducted by David Robertson)
  • Lost Souls, a Piano Concerto (2009, premiered by Alon Goldstein and the Kansas City Symphony conducted by Michael Stern)
  • Violin Concerto (2006, premiered by Ittai Shappira and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra)
  • Variations Without A Theme (2003, premiered by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta)
  • Ellef Symphony (2000)
  • Chorale for Strings (1999)

Concertos for Chamber Orchestra

  • Mandolin Concerto (2006)
  • Concerto Grosso (2003)
  • Concerto in A (1995) for solo piano and string orchestra
  • Piccolo Concerto (2001)
  • Saxophone Concerto (2003, Premiered by Joshua Redman and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra conducted by Justin Brown)

Music for Film and Dance

  • Wonderland (2013 film) directed by Avi Nesher
  • Impact (2006)
  • "Falafel" (2001)
  • Accord/Discord (1999)
  • Ben (1997)

Chamber Music

  • Sonata No. 4 for Violin and Piano (2014, commissioned by the Naumburg Foundation)
  • "Consumed" for percussion quartet (2014, commissioned by Millikin University)
  • Mantra (2013, commissioned by Shuffle Concert)
  • Memory Games (2011, commissioned by Hilary Hahn)
  • Nigunim, Sonata no.3 for Violin and Piano (2011, co-commissioned and premiered by Gil Shaham and Orli Shaham at the 92 Street Y)
  • Prayer for the Innocents for two string quartets (2009, commissioned by Keshet Eilon Masterclasses)
  • Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano (2008, commissioned and premiered by Sayaka Shoji)
  • Jerusalem Mix (2007 commissioned by the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival and the Chicago Chamber Musicians)
  • String Quartet No.2 (2004)
  • Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano (2004)
  • String Quartet No.1 (2003 - commissioned by the Jerusalem Music Center for the Jerusalem Quartet)
  • Trio (2001)
  • Tree-yO! (1996)

Piano Solo

  • "After Brahms" (2014, commissioned by Orli Shaham)
  • Three Etudes (2012, commissioned by the Stecher and Horowitz foundation)
  • Karsilama for two pianos (2012, commissioned by duo Amal)
  • Libi Bamizrach - Piano Sonata No.4 (2011)
  • Nocturne Insomniaque (2007, commissioned and premiered by Inon Barnatan)
  • Azerbaijani Dance (2005)
  • Sonata No.3 / Dance Suite (2005)
  • Moments Musicaux (2003)
  • Piano Sonata No.2 (2000)
  • Piano Sonata No.1 (1999)
  • Prelude No.1 (1992)

Concertos for Percussion

  • Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! (2006 premiered April 2,4,6 2006 by PercaDu and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta)
  • "Frozen in Time" (2007 premiered December 2,3 2007 by Martin Grubinger and the Hamburg Philharmonic conducted by Simone Young)

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra

  • Premiered February 2013 by Inbal Segev conducted by Randall Craig Fleischer


  • Letters from Gettysburg (2013)
  • Psalm 67 (2004)
  • Boaz (2002)
  • The fear of men (2006), after two poems by Ronen Altman Kaydar

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