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Who is Itamar Danziger?

Itamar Danziger is a composer, based in Kitchener, Ontario.


Itamar is inclined to compose tonal music integrating Classical, Folk, Klezmer, and Ladino music styles. He aspires to highlight emotional vividness which music can convey and hopefully invoke.

Growing up in a musical family, in Toronto, Itamar  began playing the Clarinet at age 7. As a child, he was exposed to Srul Irving Glick - a composer and family friend. Srul, as well as his compositional style, inspired Itamar to compose in earnest.

Itamar has studied composition with Dr. Michael Damian, Michael Leibson, Amanda Lowry, and Arie Verheul van de Ven. Further Orchestration studies took place with Dave Davidson and George Holmes. Ethnomusicology studies took place with Jonno Lightstone.

Where was Itamar's music played so far?

His compositions have been performed publicly, including by the Atlanta Concert Band (Georgia), Ballard HS Orchestra (Seattle, Washington), Kitchener Musical Society Band (Ontario), Wellington Wind Symphony (Waterloo, Ontario), King Street Brass (Breslau, Ontario), Brantford Memorial Concert Band (Ontario), Kirkland Concert Band (Quebec),  IDF Orchestra (Israel), Beaverton Community Band (Oregon), Greater Victoria Concert Band (British Columbia), Julius Quartet (Dallas, Texas), Strings Attached Orchestra (Toronto), Kammerorchester der Grossregion, and, “Quartetto Quadriesis” (Italy).

Itamar's music makes regular appearances at Klezkanada, and some compositions were aired on radio stations CKUT (Montreal), and CKJS (Winnipeg). Naomi's Dance (2022) was played in the American Concert Band 2023 conference, in Orlando, Florida.  Arbutus Dance (2023) won the Bubbe Awards 2023 Best "Original Jewish Instrumental Theme" category. The submission was recorded by Mike Keddy (conductor) and the Greater Victoria Concert Band.

Scores can be found on JWPepper and the Canadian Music Centre.

Itamar explains his journey of composing and fusing Classical and Klezmer concert band music in this article.

When not composing, Itamar enjoys his career as a social worker.

Itamar Danziger at work
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