Avner Dorman's Aromatic U.S. Premiere

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Avner Dorman, 33, finds his creativity by varying his methods of composing, whether on piano, mandolin or computer, or even while walking down the street. Dan Seltzer hide caption

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Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman has two strikingly different pieces premiering in the U.S. in the upcoming months. The first is the avant-garde "Spices, Perfumes, Toxins!" — a concerto he wrote for the fiery percussion duo PercaDu, to be conducted by Zubin Mehta. Dorman says he hopes the piece will take the traditional concerto and turn it on its head, with the orchestra supporting the percussion duo.

The second piece is "Sonata No. 2 for Piano and Violin" and features Sayaka Shoji and Itamar Golan, respectively. Dorman recently met with Scott Simon to discuss his feelings for the upcoming premieres.

To watch an orchestra perform your piece in public for the first time can be a breathtaking event. For Dorman, the process of composing is a very internal experience: He says he walks around for months going over every detail in his head, unable to imagine exactly how it will sound when it's finally performed.

"To suddenly have this thing happening as if it's the most natural thing in the world," he says, "it's almost like an out-of-body experience. I feel like I'm not there, and this thing is happening. 'Wait did I do that?' It's very strange and uplifting. It keeps me going."



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