Jewish Journal


June 22, 2006



Professor Joseph Dorfman, Acclaimed Pianist and Composer, Dies During Concert at 65
Professor Joseph Dorfman, concert pianist, composer and Shostakovich scholar at Buchman-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University, died during a June 7 concert celebrating the centennial of Dimitri Shostakovich. Dorfman was 65.

Internationally acclaimed for his compositional work and a sought-after lecturer on 20th century music, Dorfman was on sabbatical in Southern California under the aegis of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity (CJCC). He was featured in several Southland concerts and was a guest lecturer at the University of Judaism.

The first half of the June 7 Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) community concert, "Shostakovich at 100," concluded with Dorfman's performance of his own "Trio, in Memoriam Dimitri Shostakovich (1976)."

"Professor Dorfman was radiant during the intermission ... discussing music performance, and relishing a wonderful evening of musical celebration dedicated to Shostakovich," said Dr. Richard A. Braun, founder of JMCLA. "It was as he was chatting with friends and family that he collapsed."

Dorfman was born in 1940 in Odessa, Ukraine, and studied at the P. Stolyarsky School of Music, at the Odessa Conservatory and the Gnessin Institute of Musical Education in Moscow, where he received his doctorate in 1971. During the 1960s, Dorfman was among the first musicians in the Soviet Union to perform and lecture on Western contemporary music.

Dorfman has been living in Israel since 1973. He has been the music director of the "20th Century Music" concert series, secretary of the Israeli Composers League and initiator of an independent composers group, Acoustic 7-11, which pioneered the music of foreign avant-garde in Israel.

He is survived by his wife, Lily; daughter, Sonia (Jacob) Lustig; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will take place in Tel Aviv and a memorial concert will be held at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino on July 5.

The Professor Joseph Dorfman Memorial Fund is being established at the CJCC to support young composers and their compositions. Contributions can be sent to: Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, 16161 Ventura Blvd. '621, Encino, CA 91436.

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