International Tchaikovsky Competition Winner Performs with Minnesota Sinfonia

Minneapolis, MN, February 17, 2016 --( The Minnesota Sinfonia presents “Father and Son” on March 4th and 5th, featuring Itamar Zorman performing selections by Henryk Wieniawski and Antonin Dvorak, as well as Hora, a piece written by his father, Moshe Zorman. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Insouciant, by Jeremy Cochran, thanks to a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Awarded the 2014 Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and the 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Itamar Zorman is also the winner of the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, where he subsequently performed in the winners' concerts with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra. In addtition to performing with orchestras around the world, his Avery Fisher Hall debut was with the Juilliard Orchestra led by the late James DePreist. Born in Tel-Aviv to a family of musicians, Itamar Zorman began to study the violin at the age of six. He has continued his studies with renowned teachers, ultimately receiving a master’s degree and Artist Diploma from Julliard School of Music where he studied with Robert Mann and Sylvia Rosenberg. He also received an Artists Diploma from Manhattan School of Music. Itamar is currently a student of Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy.

Jeremy Cochran is a composer with deep roots in Minnesota. He is a native of Glenwood, MN and taught music in Campbell, MN. Jeremy received his master’s degree in conducting from the University of Minnesota. In addition to teaching and conducting, Jeremy is an avid composer and arranger. When describing his piece, Insouciant, he compares it to the “unconcerned exuberance” of the beginning of a trip when the stress is behind you and the joy of travel lies ahead.

Performances will take place on Friday, March 4 at 7pm, at Johnson High School in St. Paul and on Saturday, March 5 at 1:30pm, at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Admission is free and children are always welcome to attend. Audience members should arrive early—all concerts are first-come, first-seated.

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The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia plays concerts for over 27,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance, and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.

For Calendars: Minnesota Sinfonia: “Father and Son” featuring Itamar Zorman, violin. Friday, March 4, 7 p.m. at Johnson High School, 1349 Arcade St, Saint Paul; Saturday, March 5, 1:30 p.m. at the Basilica of St. Mary, 88 North 17th Street, Minneapolis. Free. 612.871.1701.
Minnesota Sinfonia
Carrie Knudsen Hendrickson
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