Itamar Zornam, voice for Israel

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Violinist Itamar Zorman’s new recording highlights the transition from European to Middle Eastern influences in the works of Paul Ben-Haim, as he tells Gavin Dixon

Itamar Zorman (b.1985) is a star on the Israeli music scene. The Tel Aviv-born violinist was joint winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 and has since established an international career as soloist and chamber musician. His new album, Evocation, focuses on his compatriot Paul Ben-Haim (1897–1984), a pivotal figure in the history of Israeli music who is now coming to wider attention abroad.

The Ben-Haim album is Zorman’s second. On his first, Portrait (Profil PH 14039), he performed works by French, Austrian and German composers: Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith and Brahms. ‘I’m really curious about all kinds of music,’ he says…

 

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