Avner Dorman

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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[1] where he studied as a C.V. Starr fellow with John Corigliano.[2] 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.[3]


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 for his Ellef Symphony.[3] Ma'ariv, the second largest newspaper in Israel, named Dorman "Composer of the Year" for 2002,[4] 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[5] 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.[6] 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.

Dorman's debut opera, Wahnfried, was named as a finalist for the 2018 International Opera Awards, in the category of "World Premiere."[7] He was awarded the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music for his violin concerto, Nigunim, originally written as a violin sonata for violinist Gil Shaham and pianist Orli Shaham.[8]

He is currently an associate professor of theory and composition at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Since 2013, Dorman has served as music director of CityMusic Cleveland chamber orchestra.



Works for symphonic orchestra[edit]

Concertos for chamber orchestra[edit]

Music for film and dance[edit]

Chamber music[edit]

  • "Variations on a Simple Theme" for Flute, Viola, and Harp (2017, commissioned by Art of Élan for the Myriad Trio)
  • "How to Love" for Guitar and String Quartet (2016, commissioned by the Lexington Chamber Music Festival)
  • 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)

Solo works (excluding keyboard)[edit]

  • For Solo Violin (2017, Commissioned by Internationale Musikwettbewerb ARD with the support of Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung)
  • Suite for Solo Saxophone (2015)

Piano solo[edit]

  • For a Friend I Never Knew (2017, commissioned by Lara Downes)
  • Piano Sonata no. 5 (2017, commissioned by the Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society)
  • "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)
  • Piano 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[edit]

Concerto for Cello and Orchestra[edit]

  • 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

External links[edit]


  • Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music for Nigunim (2018)
  • International Opera Awards (finalist, World Premiere category, 2018)
  • IcExcellence Foundation Chosen Artist (2008)
  • Morton Gould Young Composers Award (2003, 2004, 2005)
  • ACUM Best Composition of the Year Award (2004)
  • First Prize at the Asian Composers League Young Composers Award (2004)
  • Israeli Cultural Ministry Prize for best performance of Israeli Music (2002)
  • Israel Prime Minister's Award (2001)
  • ACUM Golden Feather Award (2001)


  1. ^ The Juilliard Journal, Feb 2012, Margaret Shakespeare, "Keeping It All in the Family"
  2. ^ David Ng (2009-07-26). "Composer Avner Dorman spices things up". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  3. ^ a b Jerusalem Post, Feb 23, 2001, Zehavi, "Rock-music 'Brat' moves on
  4. ^ Ma'ariv, Sep. 6, 2002, Ora Binur, "Composer of the Year"
  5. ^ New York Times, March 19, 2009, Schweitzer, "Concerto for Percussion, With a Global Outlook"
  6. ^ Smith, Ken (September 2006). "Reviews". Grammophone.
  7. ^ "2018 | Opera Awards". Opera Awards. 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  8. ^ "Composer Avner Dorman Winner of 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music – The Azrieli Foundation". azrielifoundation.org.
  9. ^ Conley, Paul (7 March 2012). "A Struggling City Finds Inspiration in Classical Music". NPR. Retrieved 14 December 2012.