Avi Avital


Whoever is able to turn the small, round mandolin into a star instrument must be a very charismatic magician indeed. He always seems incredibly present, but his orbit is a different one; one where many worlds are heard.
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The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 100 contemporary compositions have been written for him, 15 of them concertos including by Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman and Giovanni Sollima, which will be premiered in 2019/20. Enhanced by his infectious spirit of adventure and the warm rapport he fosters with his audience, Avital’s championship of his instrument is taking the mandolin centre stage.
Increasingly in demand as a concerto soloist, Avital’s has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Tonhalle Zurich, Israel Philharmonic, Dresden Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Residentie Orkest, Norwegian Radio, Orpheus, The Knights, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under conductors such as Mehta, Nagano, Vänskä, Sado, Jonathan Cohen, McGegan, Koopman and Antonini.

He is a regular presence at major festivals such as Aspen, Salzburg, Tanglewood, Spoleto, Ravenna, MISA Shanghai, Cheltenham and Verbier and he was Portrait Artist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2017. He subsequently curated a weekend Zeitsinsel at the Dortmund Konzerthaus with 4 programmes featuring classical, jazz and improvisations and a new collaboration with the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Georgian puppet theatre, Budrugana Gagra.
„The words “superstar” and “mandolinist” still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined with some frequency [...] Avi Avital [...] was nothing short of electric.”New York Times • Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim • March 12th, 2015
Highlights of his 2019/20 season include the world première of Giovanni Sollima’s Mandolin Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI whilst other concerto engagements bring him to the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Zurich Tonhalle Orchester, Staatskapelle Weimar, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he tours the US with Les Violons du Roy. He tours Europe and Asia with Avital meets Avital, begins a new collaboration with Giovanni Sollima “Mediterraneo” and is featured as Portrait Artist at Bozar in Brussels.

Born in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel, Avital 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 studied at the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padua with Ugo Orlandi. Winner of Israel’s prestigious Aviv Competition in 2007, Avital is the first mandolinist in the history of the competition to be so honoured. He plays on a mandolin made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman.

2019 / 2020
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2020 / 2021
String Quartet
with Brooklyn Rider (String Quartet)

Intense times wit Yo-Yo Ma´s Silk Road Ensemble and The Knights link Avi Avital to the unique string quartet Brooklyn Rider. In spring of 2021, they reunite with new works and arrangements for mandolin and string quartet at hand.


An evening celebrating fearless musical innovators through the shared interpretive lens of virtuoso mandolinist Avi Avital and the omnivorous string quartet Brooklyn Rider.


New commissions, arrangements, and interpretations of music by J.S. Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Colin Jacobsen, Matana Roberts, Philip Glass, Giovanni Sollima, John Zorn and Osvaldo Golijov.

with Omer Klein (Jazz Piano)

Music by J.S. Bach, Jazz compositions by Omer Klein, Israeli songs and improvising on it – this is unlimited music-making.

with Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion)

Kreisler: Prelude and Allegro – in the style of Gaetano Pugnani Mozart: Sonata No. 21 in E minor, K 304
Stravinsky: Suite Italienne from “Pulcinella”
Bach: Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 Rachmaninov: “Vocalise”, Op. 34 No. 14

Kusiakov: “Autumn Landscapes” Budashkin: Concert for Mandolin in A minor

with Il Pomo d'Oro orchestra

Naples and the mandolin are synonymous to each other. In this program Avi Avital and the Italian Baroque Orchestras Il Pomo d’Oro will present original music for mandolin from 18th century Naples, along side Napolitain Folklore music form the same time.

The program will includes pieces by: Domenico Scarlatti, Emanuelle Barbella, Giovanni Paisiello and more.

Between Worlds
with Ksenija Sidorova (Accordion) and Itamar Doari (Percussion)

Works by Bach and Kreisler, Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances, Georgian Folk Tunes by Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Bachianas Brasileiras by Villa-Lobos, traditional Turkish, Israeli and Bulgarian music.

2019 / 2020


20:30 Uhr
Brüssel, BE / Palais des Beaux-Arts
Avi Avital, Omer Klein
19:30 Uhr
Bern, CH / Casino
Avi Avital, Omer Klein
20:00 Uhr
Berlin, DE / Philharmonie
Avi Avital, Ksenja Sidorova, Itamar Doari
20:00 Uhr
Brüssel, BE / Palais des Beaux-Arts
Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova, Itamar Doari
20:00 Uhr
Dresden, DE / Kulturpalast
Avi Avital, Ksenija Sidorova, Itamar Doari
19:30 Uhr
Zürich, CH / Tonhalle Maag
Avi Avital, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Willi Zimmermann
20:00 Uhr
Chur, CH / Theater Chur
Avi Avital, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Willi Zimmermann
20:00 Uhr
Erfurt, DE / Zughafen/ Kalif Storch
Avi Avital, Omer Klein
18:00 Uhr
Elmau/Klais, DE / Schloss Elmau
Avi Avital, Omer Klein
20:00 Uhr
Bremen, DE / Vegesacker Stadtkirche
Avi Avital, Ohad Ben-Ari
18:00 Uhr
Esslingen am Neckar, DE / Neckar Forum Esslingen
Avi Avital, Ohad Ben-Ari
20:00 Uhr
Würzburg, DE / Residenz Würzburg
Avi Avital, Olga Pashchenko
18:00 Uhr
Potsdam, DE / Friedenskirche im Schlosspark Sanssouci
Avi Avital, Kammerakademie Potsdam
17:00 Uhr
Wittstock, DE / Marienkirche
Avi Avital, Kammerakademie Potsdam
15:00 Uhr
Mannheim, DE / Musikschule Mannheim
Avi Avital, Badisches Zupforchester
18:00 Uhr
Ingolstadt, DE / Stadttheater Ingolstadt
Avi Avital, Budruganan-Gagra, Georgische Kammerorchester


Avital meets Avital
Omer Avital
Lonely Girl
Ana Maghrebi
Ballad For Eli

Avi Avital
Avi's Song

Moshe Wilenski
The Source And The Sea (Balada Al Maayan Ve`Yam)

Omer Avital - Double bass, Oud
Jonathan Avishai - Piano
Itamar Doari - Percussion

Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in A minor, RV 356
Concerto in D major, RV 93
Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425
Largo from Concerto in C major, RV 443
Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82
Concerto in G minor, RV 315, "Summer" from "The Four Seasons"

Juan Diego Florez - Tenor
Mahan Esfahani - Harpsichord
Ophira Zakai - Lute
Patrick Sepec - Cello
Venice Baroque Orchestra

Between Worlds

Tsintsadze: Sachidao; Miniatures on Georgian Folk Themes
Bartók: 6 Romanian Dances
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
Piazzolla: Fugy y misterio
Falla: Siete canciones populares espanolas
Monti: Csardas
Bloch: Nigun from Baal Shem
Chaim: Freilach Ron (klezmer improvisation)
Dvorak: Vivace ma non troppo from String Quartet No. 12
Traditionals: Bucimis; Hen Ferchetan

Richard Galliano - Accordion
Giora Feidman - Clarinet

Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for Mandolin and Strings BWV 1041, 1052, 1056
Sonata BWV 1034 for Mandolin and Basso Continuo

Kammerakademie Potsdam


Avital meets Avital Trailer (Live in Bremen)
Avi Avital - Vivaldi (Trailer)
Duo Avi Avital & Ksenija Sidorova - BR feature


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