Announcing the European Premiere of Avner Dorman’s Piccolo Concerto at a Benefit for Operation Smile Italia, Sala Sinopoli Hall at the new Auditorium of Rome

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Avner Dorman, a laureate of Israel’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Award and the youngest composer on the G. Schirmer roster, will premiere his award-winning Piccolo Concerto at a benefit concert for Operation Smile Italia. The concert will be held at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 22, at the Sala Sinopoli Hall in Rome, Italy. Piccolo Concerto will be performed by Lorenzo Marruchi and the Rostov State Musical Theatre Orchestra, led by Maestro Maurizio Dones.

American composer Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of Israel's most successful and renowned composers. At the age of 25, he became the youngest composer to win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's Award. In 2001, Dorman received 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 in November 2003, received the 2004 “Best Composition of the Year” award from ACUM.

In April 2006, Zubin Mehta will lead the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and the Percadu ensemble in the world premiere of Avner Dorman’s newest commission – Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! - a concerto for two percussionists and orchestra that blends Western and Eastern percussion instruments and with the orchestra into an experience that embraces the senses. Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! is a result of years of collaboration between Dorman and the Percadu ensemble, and is partially based on his popular piece Udacrep Akubrad (featured on the Percadu 2001 CD ). On April 29th, 2006, the Jerusalem Quartet will present the American Premiere of Dorman’s String Quartet No.2 at the opening concert of a three-day celebration honoring Israel Independence Day. Most recently, Eliran Avni recorded a complete program of Avner Dorman’s piano music at Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood for a CD which will be commercially released in the New Year.

Born in 1975, Avner Dorman completed a double Master's degree as a full scholarship student in the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Fostering Excellence at Tel Aviv University. He majored in music, musicology, and physics and studied with former Soviet composer Josef Bardanashvili. Currently, he is a C.V. Starr fellow in the Doctoral program of the Juilliard School of Music, where he studies with acclaimed composer John Corigliano. Since his arrival in the United States, Dorman was thrice awarded the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Award and he has been a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. Dorman's broad-minded interests find expression in his music. With exceptional technical skill, he combines into traditional and contemporary classical music influences such as rock, jazz, electronic music, and the sounds of different cultures. His music is easily distinguished by its unique, passionate, and fresh sound. Dorman's music has been praised as "outstanding for its freshness and spontaneity" (Jerusalem Post), with "craftsmanship [and] musical power" (Berliner Zeitung).

Recent works include: String Quartet No. 2 - Mirage, performed by the Jerusalem Quartet and Dance Suite, a solo piano work commissioned by 21st Century Classical Corporation, premiered by Soheil Nasseri on 19 March 2005 at Alice Tully Hall. Performances of Dorman's work in the 2003-2004 season included his first violin sonata at Weill Recital Hall; Udacrep Akubrad performed by the Percadu ensemble at Festival Miami 2003 and, later on in the season, with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra; Concerto Grosso performed by the Ashdod Chamber Orchestra; Psalm 67 commissioned by the Seraphim Singers performed in Boston; and a ballet based on his String Quartet No. 1 performed by the Florence Dance Company at the Teatro Goldoni, Florence.

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