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Itamar Zorman, Violinist

with Kwan Yi, Pianist

Itamar Zorman, Violinist
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Photo by Richard Blinkoff


Winner of the 2011 Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition.
Recipient of the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Recipient of the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Award.

Mozart - Adagio from Divertimento in B-flat major, k.287 (arr. Rubenstein)
Schubert - Rondo Brilliant in B minor, D. 895
Paul Ben-Haim - Yizkor (Evocation) for Violin and Piano
Ravel - Sonata for Violin and Piano
Wieniawski - Variations on an Original Theme, op. 15

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
3:00 pm / Logan House

(adjacent to the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts)
8585 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. (in Upper Ojai)
Ojai, CA 93023

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A reception followed the performance.

Itamar Zorman, Heidi Lehwalder, and Kwan Yi
Itamar Zorman, Violinist, Heidi Lehwalder, Artistic Director for Chamber On The Mountain, & Kwan Yi, Pianist
at the reception following the performance on Sunday, September 25, 2016

Photo: Christine Gregory




Itamar Zorman, ViolinistItamar Zorman, Violinist

Photo credit: Jamie Jung

The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Itamar Zorman was also joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other competition successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition in April 2010.

As a soloist, Itamar Zorman has appeared with, among others, the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, Het Gelders Orkest in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Tokyo Symphony in Japan’s Suntory Hall, as well as the Jerusalem Symphony, Israel Philharmonic, Haifa Symphony, Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Philharmonie Baden Baden, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya. In November 2014 he made his Italian debut at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo playing the Beethoven concerto with Daniel Oren, and in January 2015, his Korean debut with the KBS symphony Orchestra and Yoel Levi.

Itamar Zorman
Itamar Zorman at the Tchaikovsky Competition 2011 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia
with conductor Valery Gergiev

The 2015-16 season includes Itamar Zorman’s debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse conducted by Joseph Swensen, a tour of Brazil with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Frédéric Chaslin and concerto appearances in Italy at the Mito Settembre Musica Festival in Turin and Teatro Filarmonico di Verona with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra and Gintaras Rinkevicius. Other concerto appearances include the Santa Fe Symphony and Pennsylvania Center Orchestras in the USA, the Pan Asia Symphony in Hong Kong, the Vojvodina Symphony Orchestra in Serbia and the Israeli Kibbutz Orchestra. In January 2016, at the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, he lead the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on a European tour of Mozart concerti. A regular at the Marlboro Music Festival, Itamar Zorman has also appeared at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, the Louvre recital series in Paris, the Kronberg Academy Festival and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. In November 2014, he gave his Carnegie Hall recital debut, as part of the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series in Weill Recital Hall. Itamar Zorman has also recently given recitals in the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade. His first solo CD recording, entitled ‘Portrait’, and featuring works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith and Brahms was released in Europe in August 2014 and the US in February 2015) by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler.

As a chamber musician, Zorman has appeared at the Lincoln Center, Zankel and Weill Recital Halls in Carnegie Hall, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project, and 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. Itamar Zorman is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and has taken part in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Handel and Ivry.

Itamar Zorman
Itamar Zorman, Violin
Photo by Richard Blinkoff


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. He later Continued his studies with Christian Tetzlaff and Mauricio Fuks at The Kronberg Academy.

Itamar Zorman plays on a 1734 Guarneri Del Jesù from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

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Itamar Zorman performing Dvorak Romance in f minor op.11 with the Israel Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Ariel Zuckerman. Tel Aviv Museum, May 28, 2015.




Kwan Yi, PianistKwan Yi, Pianist

Photo credit: Arthur Moeller

Kwan Yi has been praised by audiences and critics alike as a pianist of "lyrical elegance" and "ravishing, pitch-perfect clarity". He has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, the Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Jordan Hall, Jones Hall, Mann Performing Arts Center, Library of Congress, Kravis Center of the Arts, Hessischer Rundfunk, Auditorium du Louvre, Suntory Hall and Seoul Arts Center.

In recent seasons, Mr. Yi has performed concerti with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Sendai Philharmonic, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, Grant Llewellyn and Mikhail Tartanikov. As a chamber musician, he has frequently collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia and the Castleton Festivals. As a recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at the Bowdoin College, University of Arkansas, East Carolina University, Ouachita Baptist University, Stephen F. Austin University, Marylhurst University and the Randolph College. His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, WHYY, KUHF, Radio France and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for Hänssler label with Violinist Itamar Zorman. 

Kwan Yi, Pianist - Performing with the Houston Symphony
Kwan Yi, Pianist - Performing with the Houston Symphony

A recipient of many honors and prizes, his awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and top prizes in the Sendai International Music Competition in Japan, and the Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competition in Italy. Mr. Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He has also attended the Steans Institute at Ravinia Festival.

Mr. Yi is on faculty at Radford University in Virginia



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