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Avi Avital - Vivaldi / Interview with WGTE: Toledo

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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.

On his new release:  Vivaldi, his third album on DG Avital returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi and captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works.

The Mandolin virtuoso discusses his new release with WGTE: Toledo - Brad Cresswell. Listen to the interview.