Avner Dorman

Avner Dorman writes music of intricate craftsmanship and rigorous technique, expressed with a soulful and singular voice.

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 perform Dorman’s music and many of his compositions have become contemporary staples in the repertoire. Dorman’s music is championed by conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly and Andris Nelsons, and by soloists Gil Shaham, Martin Grubinger and Hilary Hahn. Along with Nigunim, Dorman’s 2018-19 season featured several other exciting premieres, including Eternal Rhythm, a new percussion concerto for Simone Rubino and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, and a new violin concerto for Sayaka Shoji.

Dorman's music has garnered numerous awards and prizes. Most recently, Dorman won the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music, and his debut opera, Wahnfried, was named a finalist in the category of World Premiere at the International Opera Awards. At the age of 25, Dorman became the youngest composer to win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's Award for his Ellef Symphony. He since has earned several international awards from ASCAP, ACUM and the Asian Composers League.

Dorman is an active conductor. He is currently music director of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. He holds a doctorate in composition from Juilliard and serves as Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.

Author: Robert Markow