Avner Dorman writes music of intricate craftsman- ship 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 colours in orchestral, chamber, and solo settings. Many of the world’s fi nest orchestras, conductors and soloists perform Dorman’s music, and several 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.
Dorman’s music has garnered numerous awards and prizes. Most recently, he 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 has since 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.