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January 18, 2020 | Michigan Theater

Behind the Music

The imaginative energy that fills Mozart’s “Turkish” Violin Concerto is that of youth and idealism. While it does not contain a cadenza, his Fifth Violin Concerto features writing that exudes the freedom and lyricism that would suggest otherwise. The A2SO proudly welcomes Itamar Zorman as the featured soloist on this captivating work. The theme of youth continues with Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A major. Written at the age of 18-years-old, it is overflowing with a sense of self-confidence that confirms the composer’s creative genius. From pastoral scenes to the mystery of nocturnal landscapes, Symphony No. 29 paints a sophisticated symphonic drama. Our celebration of Mozart is rounded out with a selection of some the most famous choruses ever penned in the operatic canon. 


MOZART Famous Opera Choruses

MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5 K. 219 in A major, “Turkish” 

MOZART Symphony No. 29, K. 201 in A major

Itamar Zorman, violin
David Lockington, guest conductor

Symphony No. 29, K. 201 in A major was the first work the 18-year-old Mozart completed after being hired by the Salzburg court.

Itamar  Zorman, Violin


The recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award, Itamar Zorman was also joint winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition. Other competition successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and the Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition in April 2010.

Mr. Zorman has performed as a soloist with such orchestras as the Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, KBS Symphony Seoul, HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, German Radio Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Utah Symphony and American Symphony, with conductors Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, David Robertson, James DePreist and Yuri Bashmet, at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Amsterdam Concertgebouw. As a recitalist he performed at Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debut series, People’s Symphony Concerts, the Louvre Museum, Suntory Hall and Frankfurt Radio, and has taken part in festivals such as Verbier, Marlboro, Rheingau, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Radio France.

His first solo CD recording, entitled ‘Portrait’, and featuring works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith and Brahms was released in Europe in August 2014 and the US in February 2015) by Profil – Editions Günther Hänssler.

Itamar Zorman is a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, and has taken part in numerous master classes around the world, working with Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Shlomo Mintz, Ida Handel and Ivry.

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1985 to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began his violin studies at the age of six with Saly Bockel at the Israeli Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv. He graduated in 2003 and continued his studies with Professor David Chen and Nava Milo. He received his Bachelor of Music from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance as a student of Hagai Shaham. He received his Master’s of Music from The Juilliard School in 2009, where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg, and received an Artist Diploma from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, and an Artist Diploma from Julliard in 2012, studying with Ms. Rosenberg. He later Continued his studies with Christian Tetzlaff and Mauricio Fuks at The Kronberg Academy.

Itamar Zorman plays on a 1734 Guarneri Del Jesù from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.

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Fast Facts


Year Of The Violin

During his years in Salzburg, Mozart composed an abundance of beautiful works for violin that were most likely for the young composer to perform himself. In 1775, Mozart composed the last four of his five of his violin concertos among a number of other “serenades” that often featured movements with violin soloists and writing characteristic of concerti.


Before the “year of the violin” came a period of Mozart’s life with an unhumanly level of symphonic output. Between the years of 1772-1774 Mozart was transitioning, not only musically, but into a new position on the Salzburg court. It was during this time when the composer wrote about a third of what would be his total symphonic catalog. 


By The Numbers

Violin Concertos written by Mozart in 1775

Mozart's age when writing Symphony No. 29

Musicians in Your A2SO