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AVI AVITAL

 
 

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

 

DATE CITY WITH DETAILS
May 4 USA, Washington D.C. Enso Quartet TICKETS
May 5 USA, Virginia Beach (VA) solo recital TICKETS
May 8 Israel, Tel Aviv Israel Philharmonic Orchestra TICKETS
May 9 Israel, Haifa Israel Philharmonic Orchestra TICKETS
May 12 Canada, Calgary (AB) Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra TICKETS
May 14 Canada, Calgary (AB) Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra TICKETS
May 21 Switzerland, Zurich Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich TICKETS
May 22 Switzerland, Zurich Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich TICKETS
May 28 Germany, Schwetzingen Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
May 29 Switzerland, Rapperswil Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
June 5 Germany, Vaterstetten Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
June 11 UK, Fakenham Mahan Esfahani TICKETS
June 20 France, Paris Academy of Ancient Music TICKETS
June 22 Peru, Lima Venice Baroque Orchestra TICKETS
June 25 Chile, Frutillar Venice Baroque Orchestra TICKETS
June 28 Chile, Santiago de Chile Venice Baroque Orchestra TICKETS
July 7 Germany, Schwarzenberg Vogler-Quartett TICKETS
July 9 UK, Bristol Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
July 10 UK, Cheltenham Davina Clarke; Bjarte Eike TICKETS
July 11 UK, Cheltenham Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
July 13 Germany, Berlin Ohad Ben Ari TICKETS
July 15 Austria, St. Florian Mahan Esfahani TICKETS
July 17 Austria, Hohenems Kuss Quartett TICKETS
July 19 Germany, Bad Kissingen Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
July 21 Germany, Bernkastel-Wehlen Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
August 2 Germany, Hitzacker Between Worlds Trio TICKETS
August 12 Canada, Montreal recital TICKETS
August 13 Canada, Montreal Ensemble of OSM musicians TICKETS
August 19 Poland, Gniezno tba TICKETS
August 20 Poland, Poznan tba TICKETS
August 27 Italy, Siena Quartetto Indaco TICKETS
September 1 Swiss, Sion Kremerata Baltica TICKETS
September 2 Germany, Potsdam Kammerakademie Potsdam TICKETS
September 3 Germany, Luckau Kammerakademie Potsdam TICKETS
September 15 USA, Los Angeles Los Angeles Philharmonic TICKETS
September 19 Italy, Piacenza Quintetto d'archi TICKETS
September 25 Germany, Berlin Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin TICKETS
October 14 Germany, Stuttgart Stuttgarter Philharmoniker TICKETS

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