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U.S. RELEASE: FEBRUARY 24
INT'L RELEASE: MARCH 23

BIOGRAPHY

“Everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do…truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.” Haaretz Daily

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.

Instrument: Arik Kerman (1998)
Strings: Thomastik-Infeld (154, Medium)

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TOUR

FEBRUARY 2015

FEB 5 - GERMANY, Hamburg
Laieszhalle
w/ Hamburger Symphoniker
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FEB 6 - GERMANY, Hamburg
Friedrich-Ebert-Halle
w/ Hamburger Symphoniker
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FEB 15 - UK, London
Vernon Ellis
w/ Ksenija Sidorova & Itamar Doari
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FEB 16 - UK, Manchester
RNCM Concert Hall
w/ Ksenija Sidorova & Itamar Doari
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FEB 20 - USA, Chicago  (IL)
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
w/ David Greilsammer
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FEB 26 - USA, Palm Desert  (CA)
The McCallum Theatre
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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FEB 27 - USA, Escondido (CA)
California Center for the Arts
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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FEB 28 - USA, Costa Mesa (CA)
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MARCH 2015

MAR 2 - USA, Miami  (FL)
Miami Beach Community Church
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 3 - USA, Edmond (OK)
Armstrong Auditorium
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 5 - USA, Austin  (TX)
Bates Recital Hall
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 8 - CANADA, Calgary
Rozsa Center
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 9 - CANADA, Calgary
Rozsa Center
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 11 -  USA, New York (NY)
Carnegie Hall
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 12 -  USA, New York (NY)
Greene Space 
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 13 - USA, Cambridge (MA)
First Church in Cambridge
w/ Venice Baroque Orchestra
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MAR 19 - BELGIUM, Brussels
Fuse Brussels 
w/ B-Rock Orchestra
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MAR 26 - ITALY, Arezzo
Auditorium Arezzo Fieri e Congressi
solo recital
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MAR 29 - TURKEY, Istanbul 
CRR Concert Hall
w/ Kammerakademie Potsdam

MAR 31 - ITALY, Rome
Aula Magna - La Sapienza
w/ Geneva Camerata
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APRIL 2015

APR 7 - UK, London
Wigmore Hall
w/ Andreas Scholl
 

APR 10 - FRANCE, Paris
Salle Gaveau
w/ Andreas Scholl
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APR 16 - TAIWAN, Taipei
Taipei National Recital Hall
w/ Ksenija Sidorova 
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APR 18 - TAIWAN, Taipei
Taipei National Recital Hall
w/ Ksenija Sidorova 
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APR 19 - TAIWAN, Taipei
Tainan Performing Arts Center
w/ Ksenija Sidorova 
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APR 22 - IRELAND, Dublin
Pavillion Theatre
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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APR 23 - IRELAND, Waterfront
Waterford City Hall
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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APR 24 - IRELAND, Tinahely
The Courthouse Arts Centre
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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APR 25 - IRELAND, Mullingar
Mullingar Arts Centre
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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APR 26 - IRELAND, Dublin
City Assembly House
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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APR 27 - IRELAND, Clifden
Clifden Arts Society
w/ Ksenija Sidorova
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