Avner Dorman

(b. 1975)
Born in 1975, Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of Israel's most successful and renowned composers. Dorman's unique approach to rhythm and timbre have attracted some of the world's leading conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Asher Fisch, Simone Young and Michael Stern to bring his music to international audiences. 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. His fresh, spontaneous style also lends itself well to the screen and he has written for film, notably Nitzan Aviram’s award-winning film Son.

Avner Dorman Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements


Timpani + 3 percussion
2 octaves crotales, glockenspiel, vibraphone, marimba, suspended cymbal, brake drum, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, 4 concert toms, claves, shaker

Ellef Symphony

Timpani + 5 percussion + celeste
Large tam tam, wind chimes, tubular bells, snare drum, 3 tom toms, floor tom, ride cymbal, suspended cymbal, orchestral bass drum, 2 wood blocks, xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, tambourine, triangle, shaker, vibraslap - celeste


No Timpani + 2 percussion
Vibraphone, marimba


Timpani + 4 percussion
Tubular bells, 2 octaves crotales, glockenspiel, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, flexatone, 3 tam tams (large/med/small), 2 unpitched gongs (small/large), suspended cymbal, hi hat, triangle, metal crasher, 2 anvils, brake drum, snare drum, orchestral bass drum, 2 field drums, darabuka, hi and low temple blocks, slapstick, tambourine

Variations Without a Theme

Timpani + 3 percussion + celeste
2 glockenspiels, 2 octaves crotales, vibraphone, tubular bells, clash cymbals, triangle, sleigh bells, wind chimes, bell tree, hi hat, vibraslap, flexatone, 2 wood blocks, snare drum, tambourine, orchestral bass drum - celeste

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