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The GRAMMY-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has been praised as a both an "enthralling and sensitive soloist" (Boston Globe) and a "convincing advocate for his instrument" (Wall Street Journal).  As the first mandolinist signed to Deutsche Grammophon, he has brought the instrument to entirely new audiences, building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and a commitment to commissioning new works and arrangements in a range of genres. Avital's latest release - Avital Meets Avital, on Deutsche Grammophon puts the mandolinist with jazz bassist Omer Avital. Although these Avitals share no blood relation, their musical careers have intersected and are ultimately rooted in the same place. Both musicians have parents of Moroccan descent who immigrated to Israel in the 1960s and both went to conservatory, one for jazz, one for classical. This shared heritage, and their divergent musical paths in the conservatory is the story of Avital Meets Avital.

Avital will be speaking with Classical Radio today. Stations include All Classical Portland, Radio Purdue, KUAF: Fayetteville AR, IdeaStation: WCVE, Richmond VA. Watch for our tweets