|Itamar Zorman, Violinist and Roman Rabinowitz, Pianist
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Praised in the Israeli press for his "wonderfully sweet tone", Violinist Itamar Zorman has performed in Carnegie Hall as a soloist with the American Symphony orchestra under conductor Glen Roven, as chamber musician at Lincoln Center with Concertante Chamber Players, and in Weill Recital Hall. He has performed as a soloist with the Jerusalem Symphony, the Israel Sinfonietta, the Ramat Gan Camerata, Hadera orchestra, Hasharon chamber orchestra and the Greenwich Village Orchestra. He played the Israeli premier of Menachem Wiesenberg's Double concerto for Classical and Klezmer violin, with Klezmer violinist Sophie Solomon, conductor Doron Solomon and the Be'er Sheva Sinfonietta. He appeared in several Television programs and has recorded for the Austrian radio, WQXR (including its "Young Artist Showcase") and the Israeli radio numerous times. Itamar is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural foundation and the Ilona Feher foundation, as well as member of the young musicians unit of the Jerusalem Music Center . He is a founding member of the "Israeli Chamber Project", a chamber music group dedicated to performing in the Israeli Periphery.
Itamar participated in many master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Handel and Ivry Gitlis. He also took part in international music festivals, including the NAC Young artist program in Ottawa (Canada), Keshet Eilon (Israel), Voice of Music (Israel), Masters de Belesbat (Frnace), The Heifetz International Music Institute (New Hampshire) and Chatauqua (New-York), and ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest ( Austria ).
Itamar won the first prizes in the Claremont Competition (2004), the Rubin Academy Jerusalem contest (2004), the Israeli Conservatory competition (2002), and the ISA Prague-Vienna-Budapest competition for contemporary music. Recently, he won 1st prize in the Ben-Haim solo competition in Israel (2006), 1st prize in the Jerusalem Academy 's chamber
music contest (leading a string quartet) and 1st prize in the Buchman-Mehta School of music at the Tel-Aviv University . In 2001 he won a special prize in Kloster Shontal International competition for young violinists in Germany .
In 1998, he sang as boy-soprano with the Israel Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta and Daniel Oren the solo part of Crumb's Ancient Voices of Children, Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, and the world premier of Noam Sheriff's work "Bereshit" (Genesis) in Israel 's 50th anniversary celebration.
Born in Tel-Aviv 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar has graduated from the Israeli conservatory of music in Tel-Aviv, where he started his violin studies at the age of six with Sally Bockel. He continued his violin studies with Prof. David Chen and Nava Milo. He was the first violinist in the Israeli Army Quartet and graduated from the Jerusalem academy of music in 2006, where he was a student of Hagai Shaham. Later on, Itamar continued his studies with Robert Mann, and is currently a student of Sylvia Rosenberg at The Juilliard School, pursuing his Master of Music degree. He plays on a Ceruti violin on loan to him from Yehuda Zisapel.
Even before he was eleven years old, Roman appeared with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Zubin Mehta. He was invited to perform again by the Orchestra and the Maestro during the years 1999 to 2003. Roman has performed with most of the orchestras in Israel, including those in Haifa, Raanana, Rishon LeTzion, and others.
In 2000, Roman was invited to a series of recitals throughout Austria, and following those performances, he appeared in a series of festivals and recitals around the world. For a number of years now, Roman has performed in recitals in a series of famous venues and concert halls, including the Steinway Hall in New York, the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.
Despite his youth, Roman has been invited to play in the most prestigious music festivals in the world, including the Salzburg Mozartraum Festival, the Vernier Festival in Switzerland, the Felicia Blumenthal Festival in Tel Aviv, and many others.
When he was ten years old, Roman won First Prize in the Jerusalem Festival for Gifted Children. In 1999, he was awarded First Prize in the Frank Peleg Piano Competition in Haifa. The same year, with the support of the Doron Foundation which awarded him a scholarship, Roman participated in a masterís class at the Mozartraum in Salzburg. From 1996, the America Israel Cultural Fund has awarded him a scholarship as an exceptional pianist. In February 2006, Roman played with the Delaware State Symphony Orchestra, which followed his being awarded First Prize in the Competition for Young Pianists.