Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Itamar Zorman
BBT Award 2014

Itamar Zorman - Biography

Itamar Zorman was supported by BBT from 2014 to 2023. For an up-to-date biography please visit

The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Itamar Zorman was also a laureate of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has given recitals in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade, and at festivals including the Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Delft and the Copenhagen Summer Festival, as well as Marlboro, Classical Tahoe and Chamberfest Cleveland in the US.

Itamar Zorman’ solo career encompasses four continents. He has appeared with orchestras in the USA, Europe, Asia and South America, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Belgrade Philharmonic, Kremerata Baltica, Het Gelders Orkest, Israel Philharmonic, the Tokyo Symphony, the KBS Symphony Seoul, as well as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Russian State Symphony Orchestra “Novaya Rossiya. A committed chamber player, he has play-directed the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Nordica and is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project. He is also a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, with which he won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition.

Born in Tel-Aviv to a family of musicians, Zorman is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance , the Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, and the Manhattan School of Music. He is also an alumnus of the Kronberg Academy where he studied with Christian Tetzlaff.

Itamar Zorman is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation; he currently plays on a Guarneri Del Jesu from 1734, from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

He participated in BBT’s 20th-anniversary celebrations at London’s Wigmore Hall in June 2023.

The great thing about the Borletti-Buitoni Trust is that its support encompasses both the practical side and the artistic side of growing as a musician. On the practical side, having the funds to make career-related expenses is crucial at this point, as I need to develop my professional profile and connections in the music world. On the artistic side, being able to work on projects that are very close to my heart, and having the advice of such experienced staff, triggers my imagination, makes me understand what things are particularly important for me in music, and hopefully would help create something meaningful for other people as well. Also, through witnessing how BBT works I have gained better understanding of how the music world operates, which will help me in future endeavours as well. My sincere thanks to the BBT staff for their hard work!

Photographs by Simon Weir