AVNER DORMAN, Composer – SF Symphony Presents World Premiere of “Uriah: The Man the King Wanted Dead”

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Seán Martinfield
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Conductor David Robertson and the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) will perform Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 featuring violinist Leonidas Kavakos January 26th and 28th at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco and January 27th at the Flint Center in Cupertino. The orchestra will also perform the world premiere of a San Francisco Symphony commission, Avner Dorman’s Uriah: The Man the King Wanted Dead. Also on the program are Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1, Classical.
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AVNER DORMAN

David Robertson is currently in his sixth season as music director of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. This year he will be appearing as a guest conductor with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the San Diego Symphony, and the New World Symphony.  He is also principal guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2011 he will make his debut with the Santa Fe Opera, conducting Berg’s Wozzeck. David Robertson first appeared with the SFS in 1997, where he led the orchestra in Messiaen’s L’Ascension for Orchestra and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

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DAVID ROBERTSON

A native of Greece, violinist Leonidas Kavakos appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in 1994 and 2005. This season, Kavakos performs as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, and more. Kavakos is also an established conductor. His recording of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto won the ECHO Klassik award for Best Concerto Recording of a 19th Century Work. Kavakos is a regular and favored artist at the Verbier Festival. He plays on the “Abergavenny” Stradivarius of 1724.

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LEONIDAS KAVAKOS. Photo, Yannis Bournias

ABOUT AVNER DORMAN
Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of Israel’s most successful and renowned composers. At the age of 25, he became the youngest composer to win Israel’s prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for his Ellef Symphony, and that same year he was awarded the Golden Feather Award from ACUM (the Israeli Society of Composers and Publishers). Since coming to the United States, Dorman received several international awards from ASCAP, ACUM, and the Asian Composers League.

Dorman’s unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world’s leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Marin Alsop, Asher Fisch, and Simone Young. Known for his innovative use of percussion, Dorman’s two percussion concerti are quickly becoming staples of the repertoire. Zubin Mehta led the premiere of his double percussion concerto, Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!, at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently performed it with the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra Mr. Mehta will present the much anticipated US premiere of this piece with the New York Philharmonic and PercaDu in March 2009.

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His percussion concerto, Frozen in Time, received an overwhelming ovation at Hamburg Philharmonic’s world premiere, with Martin Grubinger as percussion soloist. Dorman has made significant contributions to the repertoire of other unique instruments and ensembles in his Mandolin Concerto, Piccolo Concerto, Saxophone Concerto, Concerto for Violin and a Rock Band, and Boaz (for Soprano, Harp, and two pianos). In 2005, Naxos released a recording of Eliran Avni performing Dorman’s piano works to wide critical acclaim.

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