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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 regularly perform Dorman’s music, and many of his compositions have become contemporary staples in the repertoire. Dorman’s music is championed by conductors including Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, and Andris Nelsons, and by soloists Gil Shaham, Martin Grubinger, and Hilary Hahn. The 2015-2016 season includes performances with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Atlanta Symphony, as well as chamber music premieres at Carnegie Hall and the Phillips Collection. 

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

The 2015-2016 season begins with performances of Dorman’s Spices, Perfumes, Toxins! at the Atlanta Symphony, led by Robert Spano, and performances of Frozen in Time at the Stavanger Symphony conducted by Christian Vasquez. In March, the Cleveland Orchestra will premiere Dorman’s Siklòn, commissioned by the Arsht Center in Miami to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The title Siklòn ("hurricane" in Haitian Creole) celebrates the diversity and energy of Miami’s culture. Other world premieres this season include a new orchestra work for Lexington Philharmonic to be premiered in April 2016 as part of the orchestra’s composer-in-residence program.

Tessa Lark, recent winner of the Naumburg Competition, will present the world premiere of Sonata no.4 for Violin and Piano at Carnegie Hall in October, and the Phillips Collection will dedicate their first Leading International Composers series concerts to Dorman’s works. This concert will feature the world premiere of Suite for Solo Saxophone performed by Amanda Heim and a new arrangement of Memory Games for chamber ensemble. 

Dorman continues his tenure as music director of CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra. In the fall of 2015 he leads the orchestra in performances of Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 and Brahms’ Violin Concerto, with internationally acclaimed violinist Sayaka Shoji. Later in the season Dorman conducts Dvorak’s Violin Concerto with soloist Tessa Lark and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony. 

Dorman’s music has garnered numerous awards and prizes. At the age of 25, he became the youngest composer to win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's Award for his Ellef Symphony. He has earned several international awards from ASCAP, ACUM and the Asian Composers League. His music is available on Naxos, Deutsche Grammophon, Canary Classics, and other labels. Avner Dorman's music is published exclusively by G. Schirmer, Inc.