NEW TO YOUTUBE | Itamar Zorman Plays Chevalier de Saint-Georges' Violin Concerto No. 2

Zorman's is the first video recording of this work to be published on YouTube

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Israeli violinist Itamar Zorman is seen here with the Israel Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ariel Zuckerman. The live performance was the Israeli premiere of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges' Concerto in A major Op. 5, No. 2 at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Born around 1739 in the French colony of Guadeloupe, Saint-Georges was the son of a French former councilor and an African slave woman. As a young child, he was taken to France, where he trained as a swordsman and received music lessons from François-Joseph Gossec. He is sometimes known as the "Black Mozart."

The two concerti from Saint-Georges' Op. 5 likely date from the mid-1770s, and were composed for performance with the Concert des Amateurs — a company that organized concerts, particularly of new works.

Below is the first video recording of Saint-Georges' Concerto in A major Op. 5, No. 2 to be published on YouTube:

 

The 2011 winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and a 2013 recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Itamar Zorman was born in Tel Aviv and studied in Israel, the United States, and Germany. He has performed as a soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, and the New World Symphony, among others.

Additionally, Zorman recently released his new album Violin Odyssey on First Hand Records. The disc has come out of a lockdown project entitled "Hidden Gems," which saw Zorman search for lesser-known repertoire and record it in a series of video performances. Violin Odyssey is his third album and is supported by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.