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Tour Dates

08/16/2018Musical Landscape in Tuscany / San Quirico d'Orcia, Italy
08/18/2018Esterhazy Palace / Eisenstadt, Austria
08/19/2018Esterhazy Palace / Eisenstadt, Austria
08/21/2018Moritzburg Festival / Moritzburg, Germany
08/22/2018Moritzburg Festival / Moritzburg, Germany
08/26/2018Basel Symphony / Basel, Switzerland
08/28/2018Rathaus, Obere Halle / Bremen, Germany
09/11/2018Sala Sao Paulo / Sao Paulo, Brazil
09/20/2018Viktoria Alterszentrum / Bern, Switzerland
09/22/2018Kulturstiftung Hohenlohe / Kunzelsau, Germany
09/23/2018Niedersachsische Musiktage / Hamburg, Germany
09/24/2018Stadt Weingarten / Weingarten, Germany
09/26/2018Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra / Bad Sackingen, Germany
09/30/2018Monte-Carlo Philharmonic / Monte-Carlo, Monaco
10/20/2018Yomiuri Nippon Symphony / Tokyo, Japan
10/21/2018Yomiuri Nippon Symphony / Tokyo, Japan
10/27/2018Chen Reiss / Tychy, Poland
11/03/2018Weis Center / Lewisburg, PA
11/06/2018Mary Patricia Gannon Concert Hall / Chicago, IL
11/07/2018Kaufman Center for the Performing Arts / Kansas, MO
11/09/2018Staller Center / Stony Brook, NY
11/10/2018Carnegie Hall / New York, NY
11/22/2018Palais Montcalm / Quebec, QC
11/23/2018Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Bourgie Hall / Montreal, QC
11/28/2018University of Oslo Aula / Oslo, Norway
12/06/2018San Diego Symphony / San Diego, CA
12/07/2018San Diego Symphony / San Diego, CA
12/08/2018San Diego Symphony / San Diego, CA
12/13/2018St. Monica Church / Los Angeles, CA
12/14/2018Zipper Hall / Santa Monica, CA
12/19/2018Kultur & Kongresszentrum Liederhalle / Stuttgart, Germany
12/22/2018Wigmore Hall / London, England
12/30/2018KKL Luzern / Lucerne, Switzerland
12/31/2018Landgasthof Riehen / Riehen, Switzerland

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 Sachidao
2 Joc cu bata
3 Braul
4 Pe loc
5 Buciumeana
6 Poarga Romaneasca
7 Marun el
8 Bucimis
9 Aria
10 Fuga y misterio
11 El pano moruno
12 Seguidilla murciana
13 Asturiana
14 Jota
15 Nana
16 Cancion
17 Polo
18 Shepherds Dance
19 Song
Avi Avital: 'Between Worlds' Album Trailer
WRR: 'Make it Or Break It' spot
WGTE: Toledo' Brad Cresswell interviews Avi Avital
KUAF: Fayetteville AR Katy Henriksen
WRCJ: Detroit / Interview with Chris Felcyn
Avi Avital on first discovering the mandolin
LISTEN Magazine: Avi Avital interview
Carl Vine introduces Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet
Avi Avital how to start mandolin

Reflecting a blend of genres, Between Worlds is Grammy-nominated mandolin player Avi Avital's second album for Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music Classics, slated for release on January 14, 2014.  Avital embraces both improvisational and traditional music with this new record, combining elements of classical and traditional folk resulting in a rich and adventurous musical journey. 

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