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Violinist Itamar Zorman Releases Debut Album, 'Portrait,' on Feb. 10, Pianist Kwan Yi Featured

By Jaime Prisco j.prisco@classicalite.com on Feb 02, 2015 08:36 PM EST

Violinist Itamar Zorman's debut album, Portraitwill be released in the U.S. by Profil Hänssler on Feb. 10. Award winning Korean pianist Kwan Yi will perform alongside Zorman on the new album.

The works on the album will include Messiaen Theme and Variations, Schubert Rondo in B minor, D 895, Chausson Poème, Op. 25, Hindemith Sonata for violin solo, Op. 31 No. 1, and Brahms Violin Sonata in D minor, Op. 108.

According a press release, Portrait is based upon Zorman's personal reflections.

“From the beginning, it was clear to me that the repertoire for my debut album needed to reflect what I believe in as a musician. Choosing pieces that are particularly close to my heart seemed the most natural and honest way of introducing myself. Schubert and Brahms are two of my favorite composers,” Zorman says.

Zorman was born in 1985 in Tel Aviv to a family of musicians. He has recently been nominated for the inaugural Warner Music Prize, a new classical music award to be given out annually to a musician between 18 and 35 who demonstrates exceptional promise. He was also recently awarded the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 2011 was one of two top prize winners at the Tchaikovsky International Violin Competition, subsequently performing in the winners’ concerts with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall recital debut in November 2014.

A committed chamber musician, Zorman is a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, which won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prize in the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, first prize in the 2011 Arriaga Competition, and a bronze medal in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

Portrait was released in Europe to critical acclaim on August 4, 2014.

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