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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 Concerto in A minor RV 356 - Allegro
2 Concerto in A minor RV 356 - Largo
3 Concerto in A minor RV 356 - Presto
4 Concerto in D major RV 93 -Allegro
5 Concerto in D major RV 93 - Largo
6 Concerto in D major RV 93 - Allegro
7 Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425 - Allegro
8 Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425 - Largo
9 Mandolin Concerto in C major RV 425 - Allegro
10 Largo from Concerto in C major RV 443
11 Trio Sonata in C major RV 82 - Allegro non molto (quasi andante)
12 Trio Sonata in C major RV 82 - Larghetto
13 Trio Sonata in C major RV 82 - Allegro
14 The Four Seasons: Concerto in G minor RV 315 ?Summer? - Allegro non molto
15 The Four Seasons: Concerto in G minor RV 315 ?Summer? - Adagio e piano
16 The Four Seasons: Concerto in G minor RV 315 ?Summer? - Presto
17 La biondina in gondoleta
Avi Avital - Vivaldi: Mandolin Concerto In C Major
Interview with Classic 107's Michael Wolch
Interview with IPR's Steven Turpin
Interview with WABE's Lois Reitzes
CGA Promo 1 for Week 3.9.2015
CGA Promo 2 for Week 3.9.2015
Interview with WCRB's Brian McCreath
Interview with KQAC's John Pitman
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

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 has now released - Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi. On this CD Avital captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works. He is joined on the album by the Venice Baroque Orchestra on this, the ensemble's twelfth recording on Deutsche Grammophon. Avital and the VBO are also about to embark on a major North American tour this spring, stopping in Southern California, Miami, Boston and Carnegie Hall as well as Calgary and Montreal.

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