Avi Avital

    Grant Recipient

    Berlin, Germany

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    Recognized 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 entrepreneurial young musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance and exciting new repertoire.

    Avi Avital is internationally regarded for his performances at venues including, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Berlin Philharmonic Hall, KKL Luzern, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing and Wigmore Hall in London. He has appeared as soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and Berliner Symphoniker, under the batons of Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Entremont among others. Avital has collaborated extensively with artists such as clarinetist Giora Feidman, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and trumpeter and composer Frank London. He has also been featured at the Tanglewood, Luzern, Spoleto, and Ravenna summer music festivals.

    Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist” for his recording of Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto with Andrew Cyr and the Metropolis Ensemble. 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, the preeminent national competition for Israeli soloists. Avital has released several recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, baroque, and new classical music for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical BMG, and Naxos labels. His live performances have been broadcast on radio stations around the world.

    Avi Avital is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini of Padova, Italy.

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    AICF Articles about Avi Avital

    | Artist News
    For his latest album, the Grammy-nominated mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital from Israel has arranged one of Bach’s best-known works: the Solo Partita No. 2 in D minor.

    | Foundation News
    Our 2018 Celebration is now behind us, but soon we will begin planning for our not-to-be-missed 80th Anniversary next year. Check out this sizzle reel for highlights of this year’s event.

    | Artist News
    Avi Avital’s fourth album with Deutsche Grammophon, “Avital meets Avital,” is a collaboration with Omer Avital, an Israeli jazz bassist and composer based in New York.

    | Featured Artist
    Avi Avital is not just another string player. Avi is a mandolinist who has been recognized by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” GRAMMY nominated mandolinist Avi is one of the world’s most exciting and en…