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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. 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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Avi Avital loves his plucked string family / New Classical Tracks
New Classical Tracks Julie Amacher writes......Backed by years of study and critically acclaimed performances, Avi Avital's latest album for Deutsche Grammophon presents a survey of the finest works ever written for mandolin. The pioneering Israeli musician's first full recording of original compositions for his instrument reflects the quality and breadth of its classical repertoir...
Avi Avital discusses 'Art of the Mandolin' with VPM Music
Mandolin player Avi Avital recently joined Virginia's VPM Music, Classical Music Host, Mike Goldberg for a discussion about his new album "The Art of the Mandolin" on the Deutsche Grammophon label. The release features a program of original works for the mandolin, along with world premiere recordings of recent commissions. Composers that are represented include Beethoven, Vivaldi and ...
99.5CRB - Out of the Box interviews Avi Avital on the 'Art of the Mandolin'
99.5CRB - Boston - CHRIS VOSS writes.......When I asked Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital about his newest album and how it differed from his previous mandolin albums, he answered me with a wry, winking smile: "I don't have other mandolin albums." Which is true enough. Avital's past albums - like the 2012 Bach album or the 2015 Vivaldi album - have mostly included pieces composed for other instrumen...
Avi Avital discusses 'Art of the Mandolin' with the Harmonious World Podcast
For the last episode of 2020, Harmonious World's Hilary Robertson interviewed mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital. Avi has a new album out - 'Art of the Mandolin' - which feature music composed specifically for the instrument. There are some stunning performances and this is a great album to end 2020 with. Avi was the first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, and you can hea...
Classic 107 - Winnipeg: Intermezzo host Chris Wolf chats with Avi Avital about 'The Art of the Mandolin'
This Week Intermezzo Host Chris Wolf had the pleasure of talking with mandolin phenome Avi Avital about his latest CD. Click here to see the page, look at the video, and read the entire conversation here below. 2020 will be remembered for the COVID 19 pandemic. Throughout this year, all sectors of the arts have taken a huge hit with concerts, exhibitions, and theatre performances all being cancelled ...
Avi Avital - Art of the Mandolin is the WFMT: Featured New Release
"Art of the Mandolin" is a celebration of the mandolin and its diverse repertoire, offering a guided tour of the instrument's rich history and a star performer's personal selection of some of its greatest compositions. However, as Avi Avital comments: "This is not an introduction to the mandolin. It's the essence of the mandolin." Avital, who has commissioned and premiered many new mandolin works himself...
Avi Avital's Bach is back, with an amazing new recording of the second violin partita and a DVD / WCRB: CD Of the Week
Mandolinist Avi Avital has brought the music he loves into venues of every sort. But his nightclub Vivaldi and his Carnegie Hall Bach have the same loving approach – deeply felt, nuanced with sparkling precision, and phrased with the natural breathing of a singer. While he is one of those performers whose warm and humble presence can win an audience over before he even plays, his technique allows h...
The playing on Avi Avital's new J.S Bach album is outstanding / CD HotList
The mandolin has never gotten the respect it deserves in the context of classical music; these days in Europe it's most commonly associated with syrupy Neapolitan love songs, and in the US it's most widely known as a bluegrass instrument. But the repertoire of classical music featuring the mandolin is, if not vast, at least considerable, and one of the most notable composers to have used that instrument ...
Nicholas McGegan to conduct DSO with Avi Avital in 'Vivaldi's Gloria' program / The Detroit News
Orchestra Hall will swell with baroque precision April 25-27 when the Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates "Vivaldi's Gloria," with four works by one of the classical canon's biggest crowd-pleasers. The guest conductor will be Nicholas McGegan, whom the London Independent called "one of the finest baroque conductors of his generation." The featured soloist will be the celebrated Israeli mandolin...
CAMA celebrates 100th anniversary with LACO & Avi Avital / Santa Barbara Independent
After a century of outstanding classical music programming in Santa Barbara, CAMA on Tuesday, December 11, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra will perform a free community concert at the Granada in honor of CAMA's 100th anniversary, and it's going to be a special night thanks to the presence of master mandolinist Avi Avital. This concert is part of the LACO's Baroque Conversations concert...
Avi Avital, between musical worlds / WRTI: Classical Album of the Week
A happy and healthy New Year to all our listeners celebrating the Jewish High Holidays! And for ALL our listeners, here's our delightful Album of the Week: Between Worlds with Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital. Avital is acclaimed for his recordings of Baroque classical masters J.S. Bach and Vivaldi. Between Worlds, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2014, is something entirely different. In it, the artist ...
Avi Avital is on a mandolin mission / Daily Telegraph
AVI Avital is doing for the mandolin what the great Spaniard Andreas Segovia did for the classical guitar - lifting the instrument from being an occasional curiosity into becoming a concert hall mainstream player. He's doing it by combining his own arrangements of Baroque and folk pieces written for the violin with works commissioned from contemporary composers to expand the limited repertoire. Apart fro...
Sarah's Music features Avi Avital on Deutsche Welle
Berlin, Berlin! Germany´s capital is full of music and many episodes of Sarah´s Music have been filmed here. Sarah Willis shares one of her favourite Berlin episodes...with Avi Avital. 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 adventur...
KUHA: Houston - Classical Classroom: Mandolin Man, Avi Avital
According to Deutsche Grammophon recording artist Avi Avital, while the bass is not bad, it's more about that mandolin. Which is also what this whole episode is about! Avi tells all: Where did the mandolin come from? Who composes for it? Why does he advocate for such a strange instrument? And how much did he play that one REM song in high school? Learn all of this and more right here! LISTEN TO...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / WETA: CD Pick Of the Week
Classical WETA 90.9 FM showcases notable new (or newly reissued) CDs each week. Hear selections from the CD on-air throughout the week, and check online to learn more about the artist and the music. Our friends at ArkivMusic join in by putting that recording on sale for the entire week and contributing a portion of each sale to WETA. Classical WETA and sister station VivaLaVoce.org join forces for ou...
New Classical Tracks: Capturing the magic of Venice with Avi Avital
New Classical Tracks is a Syndicated Feature airing Nationally on Classical 24 & Statewide on Minnesota Public Radio. Listen to Julie Amacher's Feature with Avi Avital Treviso is a charming, historic town with Renaissance squares, palaces, richly frescoed churches, and streets woven with ancient waterways. According to mandolinist Avi Avital, this quiet, stress-free gateway to Venice was...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / All Classical Portland: CD Pick & Interview
Last summer, we introduced you to Avi Avital with "Between Worlds", Mr. Avital's second CD for Deutsche Grammophon, where the Israeli-born mandolinist sought to bridge classical and folk genres, and effortlessly navigated between those "worlds". Now making Berlin his home, Avi is embarking on a tour with Venice Baroque Orchestra, playing works by that city's most famous son, Antonio Vivaldi...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / WCRB: CD of the Week
Each week WCRB: Boston presents a CD of the Week, which can be heard online and on-air at 99.5 WCRB. The week's pick is Vivaldi from the GRAMMY-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital. Praised as a both an "enthralling and sensitive soloist" (Boston Globe) and a "convincing advocate for his instrument" (Wall Street Journal), Avital is the first mandolinist signed to Deutsche Grammophon and has b...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / Interview with WGTE: Toledo
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 commitme...
Avi Avital in NYC for Greene Space show / WQXR: Album Of the Week
Vivaldi will always be a violinist's favorite but mandolin players have plenty of reasons to be thankful for the Red Priest's efforts on behalf of their instrument. He wrote two concertos for the mandolin, both of which Avi Avital plays on his new recording with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, one of today's most respected period-instrument ensembles. Born in Israel, Avital himself lived in Ita...
Avi Avital interview with Classical Guitar Alive
GRAMMY-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has just released Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi. Avital captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding and schredding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works. He is join...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi - interview with KMFA: Austin
GRAMMY-nominated 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 ...
Avi Avital sings Happy Birthday to Vivaldi
An ordained priest, Antonio Vivaldi was one of the most prolific composers of all time creating hundreds of works. Renowned for his concertos and operas, including Argippo and Bajazet, Vivaldi's influence, innovation and contribution to the Baroque Period was significant. Avi Avital's celebrates the composer and the great VBO orchestra on his new DG release - Vivaldi. Avital says:&...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / interview with Indiana Public Radio
The GRAMMY-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has just released Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi. Avital captures the mystical spirit of Venice, shedding and schredding new light on Vivaldi's musical genius by performing his own transcriptions of the composer's works. He is joined on the disc b...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi: Interview with WABE: Atlanta
GRAMMY-nominated Avi Avital is the first mandolinist signed to Deutsche Grammophon and has brought the instrument to entirely new audiences. His new release - Vivaldi, returns the instrument to its origins-the Venetian Baroque and master composer Antonio Vivaldi capturing the mystical spirit of Venice. WABE: Atlanta - Lois Reitzes interviewed Avi for today's Monday March 2 - ...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / KDFC: CD Of the Week
Israeli mandolin master, Avi Avital has had a lot of experience transcribing music to fit his instrument since there is relatively little music written specially for the mandolin. In the case of the Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto in C, however, he has the pleasure of performing a great work in its original form. That being said, this new recording also contains a host of Avital's nimble transcriptions, fr...
Avi Avital stops by WFMT before his show at 'University of Chicago'
GRAMMY®-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital has been called one of the world's most exciting and enterprising musicians, deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and distinctive new repertoire while celebrating the instrument's classical roots. This Wednesday - February 24, Avital will release Vivaldi, his third album on DG that returns the instrumen...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi is Classic 107: Winnipeg / 'March Classical Recording of the Month'
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 t...
Avi Avital - Vivaldi / WFMT: New Release Of the Week
Avi Avital re-imagines the sounds of Venice in this vivid homage to the most beloved composer of the Italian Baroque, Antonio Vivaldi. After his introduction with Bach and the colorful exploration of world music on ‘Between Worlds,' Avital presents four popular Vivaldi concertos on this album with the Venice Baroque Orchestra, as well as an 18th-century Venetian gondolier song with tenor Juan Diego...
Avi Avital on being a mandolin ambassador / Classic FM interview
Bringing a new audience to the mandolin and the harpsichord, Avi Avital always seems to find mandolin ensembles in the most obscure places. Even before performing on stage at the Bristol Proms, he gave a masterclass to Bristol's mandolin group - a rare treat to play with one of the best mandolinists in the world. Speaking to Classic FM's Jane Jones, he explained exactly why he's planning ...
Avi Avital - Between Worlds / Otago Daily Times review
Avi Avital is the Israeli mandolin virtuoso. He showed his class in an unlikely 2012 album of solo Bach. Now with Between Worlds he is joined by very talented friends on accordion, harp, clarinet and other instruments in an entertaining programme of a dozen classical ''pops''. It is entertainingly ''different'' in arrangements of Villa Lobos' Aria from Bachianas Br...
Avi Avital performs for Sinfini Music session
Avi Avital has been taking Australia by storm, touring to Sydney and Melbourne and introducing audiences to the virtuosic possibilities of the mandolin. Last year we were lucky enough to have Avi perform at our live Sinfini Café session in the UK. He played a fantastic duet with the accordionist Martynas and it made us want to hear more. So we cleared a space in one of our meeting rooms and as...
Limelight Magazine interview with Avi Avital
Avi Avital is hurriedly knocking back a plate of noodles between interviews as I wander into the café where we are meeting. He's taking time to talk on day two of the Australian leg of his 30-day spin around the world, and within moments it's clear that he's a fellow blessed with energy, stamina and an appetite for food and good conversation. He's also a man with a mission – but more of that...
Avi Avital to play 25th Anniversary of Australian Brandenburg Orchestra / The Culture Concept Circle
"He's handsome, he's fun, he's poised and refined, and plays with clarity and virtuosity beyond his years," says artistic director Paul Dyer of Israel's talented performer and composer Avi Avital, who will play with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra for their second twenty fifth anniversary concert in May, 2014. Avital is best known for his interpretation of well-known Baroque pieces and folk song...
Avi Avital - Between Worlds is WCRB's 'CD Of the Week'
As a child growing up in a Moroccan Jewish community in the town of Be'er Sheva, between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in Israel, Avi Avital was surrounded by sounds that grew from lands and cultures both distant and nearby. The neighborhood was one of open doors and windows. Neighbors enjoyed relationships as if they were relatives. As an after-school activity, Avital joined a mandolin ensemble a...
Avi Avital: taking the mandolin out of Italy
Contemporary mandolinists like Avi Avital are taking things to a whole new level, performing Bach with a facility and sensitivity that would put many violinists to shame. Avital tackles different folk traditions, albeit from a classical perspective – hence the recording's title, Between Worlds. While much here will be familiar – Bartók's Roumanian Folk Dances or Villa Lobos' Bachianas ...