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

Itamar Zorman - Biography

Recently awarded a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, an Avery Fisher Career Grant and currently a nominee for the Warner Music Prize, Itamar Zorman was also winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. He has performed as soloist among others with the American Symphony Orchestra, German Radio Philharmonic, Jerusalem Symphony, St.Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Arnhem Philharmonic.

Highlights in 2014/15 included his Carnegie Hall recital debut, the Copenhagen Summer Festival, recital tours in Germany, and Serbia, and the ‘Musicians from Marlboro’ touring series. Concerto performances included the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta, his Italian debut in Palermo’s Teatro Massimo and the KBS Symphony Orchestra in Seoul. His debut recital CD was released by Hänssler Classics. In 2015-16 he returns to Italy, playing in Turin and Verona, and makes his debut with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. At the invitation of Mitsuko Uchida, he leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on a European tour of chamber music and Mozart piano concertos directed by Ms Uchida.

Itamar Zorman is a member of the Lysander Piano Trio and the Israeli Chamber Project, with whom he has performed in venues such as the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center.

A graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Itamar Zorman studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg at Juilliard and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. He is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and plays on a Pietro Guarneri violin (1745) from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

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 Richard Blinkoff / Jamie Jung