Berlin based Israeli, Avi Avital, will be making a triumphant return to Australia where he will lead the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra in an adventurous exploration of the mandolin.
By overwhelming popular demand, Artistic Director Paul Dyer is proud to bring Avi Avital to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane following his sellout 2014 Brandenburg debut. “Avi has charisma, sparkle, sensitivity and a disarming musical depth. He holds the audience and those he shares the stage with in the palm of his hand, then famously captures the moment in a selfie. He has catapulted the mandolin into a completely different stratosphere,” Paul Dyer said.
Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, Avi began learning the mandolin at the age of eight. He later graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padua, Italy. Playing on a mandolin made by Israeli luthier Arik Kerman, Avi continues to forge new ground for the mandolin and open the world’s ears to its potential. “When I hold the mandolin, it is so much part of me, my voice. I don’t think of it as an instrument, but just an extension of myself,” Avi said.
The first mandolin player to be nominated for a classical Grammy Award, Avi has electrified audiences throughout Israel, Europe, Australia, Asia and the Americas. Memorable performances include Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie, Forbidden City in Beijing, the Paris Philharmonie and Zurich’s Tonhalle.
Avi is also a successful recording artist, recording exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon. “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. Other prominent recordings include “Bach” and “Vivaldi”.
Avi Avital will be appearing with The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney on October 26, 28, 29 and November 2 & 4 at 7pm with a Matinee on October 29 at 2pm.