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Tour Dates

11/07/2019Musikshule / Grunwald, Germany
11/16/2019w/ Orchestra Camerata Ducale / Vercelli, Italy
11/19/2019w/ Giovanni Sollima / Mestre, Italy
11/21/2019w/ Giovanni Sollima / Rimini, Italy
11/23/2019w/ Omer Klein Trio / Landsberg am Lech, Germany
11/24/2019w/ Omer Klein / Weissenhorn, Germany
11/27/2019Auditorium / Lyon, France
11/28/2019Auditorium / Lyon, France
12/03/2019Philharmonie / Berlin, Germany
12/05/2019Stadttheater / Furth, Germany
12/07/2019Palais des Beaux-Arts / Brussels, Belgium
12/08/2019Venice Baroque Orchestra / Monheim, Germany
12/10/2019Avi Avital Trio / Frankfurt, Germany
12/13/2019w/ Ksenija Sidorova / Fumes, Norway
12/14/2019w/ Ksenija Sidorova / Cesis, Latvia
01/08/2020Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Rome, Italy
01/23/2020w/ Orchestra della Svizerra Italiana / Lugano, Switzerland
01/24/2020w/ Orchestra della Svizerra Italiana / Bellinzona, Switzerland
01/27/2020w/ Archi di Santa Cecilia / Bologna, Italy
01/30/2020w/ Orchestra Rai / Torino, Italy
02/02/2020w/ Archi di Santa Cecilia / Pistoia, Italy
02/07/2020w/ Anneleen Lenaerts / Gent, Belgium
02/08/2020w/ Omer Klein / Brussels, Belgium
02/09/2020w/ Omer Klein / Bern, Switzerland
02/13/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Philadelphia, PA
02/16/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Palm Beach, FL
02/18/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Portland, ME
02/20/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Rochester, NY
02/23/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / San Antonio, TX
02/24/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Houston, TX
02/25/2020w/ Bridget Kibbey / Houston, TX
03/06/2020w/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Baltimore, MD
03/07/2020w/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / North Bethesda, MD
03/08/2020w/ Baltimore Symphony Orchestra / Baltimore, MD
03/14/2020Between Worlds / Berlin, Germany
03/17/2020Between Worlds / Brussels, Belgium
03/19/2020Between Worlds / Dresden, Germany
03/24/2020w/ Zurcher Kammerorchester / Zurich, Switzerland
03/25/2020w/ Zurcher Kammerorchester / Chur, Switzerland
03/28/2020w/ Giovanni Sollima / Montova, Italy
03/31/2020w/ Giovanni Sollima / La Spezia, Italy
04/04/2020w/ Omer Klein / Erfurt, Germany
04/16/2020w/ Omer Klein / Kruen, Germany

Avi Avital: Bio

Acknowledged by The New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and "stunning agility", Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world's most exciting and adventurous musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance in a range of genres and commissioning new works for mandolin.

Avi Avital is internationally regarded for his performances at venues including Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and the Wigmore Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Berliner Symphoniker, Orchestre National de Montpellier, Oxford Philomusica, Sczczecin Philharmonic, Potsdam Kammerakademie, Philharmonischer Kammerorchester Berlin, Metropolis Ensemble NY, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Geneva Camerata, Israel Philharmonic, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. He has collaborated extensively with artists such as Giora Feidman, Dawn Upshaw and Richard Galliano and has also been featured at the Tanglewood, Luzern, Spoleto, and Ravenna summer Festivals.

Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category "Best Instrumental Soloist" (2010) for his recording of Avner Dorman's Mandolin Concerto (Metropolis Ensemble/Andrew Cyr).   He has won numerous competitions and awards including Germany's ECHO Prize for his 2008 recording with the David Orlowsky Trio and the AVIV Competition (2007), the preeminent national competition for Israeli soloists.  

Born in Be'er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, he began learning the mandolin at the age of eight and soon joined the flourishing mandolin youth orchestra founded and directed by his charismatic teacher, Russian-born violinist Simcha Nathanson.   He later graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padova, Italy where he studied the original mandolin repertoire with Ugo Orlandi.

Avital has released various recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, baroque and contemporary classical music. He now records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon and his debut release featured his own transcriptions of J S Bach Concertos for harpsichord and violin. His second disc "Between Worlds" introduced chamber music compositions from Ernest Bloch and De Falla to traditional Bulgarian Folk tunes and was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.  He records Vivaldi Concertos with the Venice Baroque Orchestra for release in 2015.

Recent highlights include Concerto performances at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Performances of "Between Worlds" at the Salzburg Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Poisson Rouge NY, Bremen Sendessaal, Rolandseck, Seoul, Castellar Festival and the Riga Festival whilst recitals included the Rheingau Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Schoss Elmau, Bristol Proms, Carnegie Hall Presents and Vancouver Recital Society.   

Forthcoming engagements include Concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Kölner Akademie, Geneva Camerata, Israel Camerata, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra,Wroclaw Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony and I Musici di Roma and an extensive tour of the USA and South America with the Venice Baroque Orchestra.  He makes his solo recital debut at the Wigmore Hall and other recitals include the University of Chicago, Stanford University, Cremona, Salle Gaveau, Globe Theatre in London, Manchester Chamber Concerts Society, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Montreal Bach Festival, Verbier Festival, Buenos Aires, Taiwan, Cartagena Festival (Colombia) in collabroations with Mahan Esfahani, Ksenija Sidorova, Ray Chen, David Greilsamer, Andreas Scholl and the Danish String Quartet.

1 Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Mandolins in G Major, RV 532 - I. Allegro 3:37  
2 II. Andante 4:27  
3 III. Allegro 3:01  
4 Beethoven: Adagio for Mandolin and Harpsichord in E Flat Major, WoO 43b  
5 Death Is a Friend of Ours for Mandolin, Harp, Harpsichord, Theorbo, Guitar - I. Inside the Wave 3:23  
6 II. The Death of Despair 4:48  
7 III. Death Is a Friend of Ours 3:40  
8 Sollima: Prelude for Mandolin Solo 4:14  
9 Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor, Kk. 89 - I. Allegro 2:43  
10 II. Grave 1:08  
11 III. Allegro 1:45  
12 Ben-Haim: Sonata a Tre for Mandolin, Guitar, Harpsichord - I. Allegro aperto 3:23  
13 II. Lentamente recitando 3:35  
14 III. Lo stesso movimento 4:14  
15 Henze: Carillon, Recitatif and Masque for Mandolin, Guitar, Harp - I. Carillon. Allegretto 5:33  
16 II. Recitatif. Adagio 2:19  
17 III. Masque 1:26  
Avi talks with Classic 107 - Winnipeg's Chris Wolf
Avi Avital on first discovering the mandolin
LISTEN Magazine: Avi Avital interview
Carl Vine introduces Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet
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Backed by years of study and critically acclaimed performances, Avi Avital's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon presents a survey of the finest works ever written for mandolin. The pioneering Israeli musician's first full recording of original compositions for his instrument reflects the quality and breadth of its classical repertoire. Art of the Mandolin, released today internationally, also charts the artistic journey of a performer whose inspired new commissions and arrangements of virtuoso works have introduced the solo mandolin to the world's leading concert halls.

Art of the Mandolin, on which Avital is joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra, harpist Anneleen Lenaerts, guitarist Sean Shibe, harpsichordist Yizhar Karshon and theorbo player Ophira Zakai, includes a concerto by Vivaldi, a sonata by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven's exquisite yet little-known Adagio ma non troppo for mandolin and harpsichord (or harp), and more recent chamber and solo works by Paul Ben-Haim, Hans Werner Henze, Giovanni Sollima and David Bruce. The programme not only reveals the versatility of this instrument but allows glimpses of its fascinating history over the last three centuries. Avital has specifically chosen music by composers not known for their mandolin works: "I wanted to explore what the instrument meant, and means, in the wider world – to composers who are, as it were, coming to it from the outside rather than the inside."