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CBSO with Andris Nelsons and Martin Grubinger to Perform Avner Dorman

August 2, 2010 | By Gilli Alon-Bitton
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, led by its music director Andris Nelsons with soloist Martin Grubinger take Avner Dorman’s popular percussion concerto Frozen in Time on a tour of major European festivals this Summer 2010. The tour kicks off in Weimar (August 13)and travels through Berlin’s UnterSternen (August 14), The Lucerne Festival (August 16), Rheingau Music Festival (August 18), and Grafenegg Music Festival (August 21).

Frozen in Time received its world premiere on December 2, 2007 by the young Austrian percussionist Martin Grubinger and the Hamburg Philharmoniker conducted by Simone Young, and was received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike. Die Welt noted the composition's "rhythmic, bizarre jazz, hard grooves and unbroken drive" and praised it as "a piece that exceeds expectations to the extreme." The Hamburger Abendblatt commended Martin Grubinger for his "superior achievement that lent tremendous drive and excitement to Dorman's music."

Since its explosive premiere, Grubinger has performed Frozen in Time around the globe with prominent orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the NDR Radiophilharmonie, the National Symphony of Taiwan, and the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein. Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of Israel's most successful and renowned composers. Dorman's unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Marin Alsop, Asher Fisch, Simone Young and Michael Stern to bring his music to audiences of the Israel Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Hamburg Philharmonic, and the Cabrillo Music Festival, among others. Dorman's music achieves a rare combination of rigorous compositional construction while preserving the sense of excitement and spontaneity usually associated with Jazz, Rock, or Ethnic Music. Masterful in his innovative use of percussion, Dorman's two percussion concerti are quickly becoming staples of the repertoire.

In the 2010-11 season, Dorman will serve as composer in residence of the Alabama Symphony. The symphony will present the world premiere of Dorman’s Saxophone Concerto with soloist Joshua Redman as well as other existing works and a newly-written commission. In January 2011, San Francisco Symphony under the baton of maestro David Robertson will present the world premiere of the San Francisco Symphony-commissioned orchestra piece, Uriah. Dorman’s contribution to the Magnum Opus commissioning project entitled (not) The Shadow (not after Hans Christian Andersen) will be premiered by the Marin Symphony with Alasdair Neale in November 2010 with additional performances by the Winnipeg Symphony in February 2011 and the Nashville Symphony in May 2011.

Dorman’s recent release on Naxos American Classics, “Dorman: Concertos for Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano and Concerto Grosso,” has been praised by critics as possessing “an omnivorous eclecticism that makes his music both accessible and impossible to pigeonhole” (The New York Times) and as “so vivacious and so technically proficient that it's hard to resist” (San Francisco Chronicle). David Hurwitz of ClassicsToday.com ends his review by proclaiming, “It will make you feel good about the future of contemporary Classical music.” Dorman’s CD release received the Supersonic Award from Pizzicato Magazine in Luxembourg for the month of May 2010.

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