Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is recognized as one of the world's most exciting and entrepreneurial young musicians and 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 (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.
"Avital was electrifying to watch and hear… [He] takes the listener to the brink of wildest expectation and then leaps over those boundaries."
— Boston Musical Intelligencer
“Avital’s virtuosity and imagination are considerable; in his hands, the light, quicksilver tone of the mandolin acts like a dash of Mediterranean sun.”
"Exquisitely sensitive playing."
— The New York Times
"Avi Avital was an enthralling and sensitive soloist."
— The Boston Globe
"Top honours go to Avi Avital's supple, thrusting mandolin-playing."
"Avital's playing was truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication. Avital stood out in his sound... forever changing the traditional image of the instrument, while at times nevertheless providing reminders of its tradition."
— Haaretz Daily
"Avi Avital wails away at his mandolin as if his life depended on it."
The evening is generously supported by:
The Zina Vladimirsky Fund
This program is part of the Jewish Luminary Series, made possible by the Albert L. Schultz and the Janet A. Schultz Supporting Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Wednesday, March 2
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
In Advance: $40 Premium seating (first three rows) | $30 General Public | $25 Members and J-Pass Holders (What is J-Pass?)
$55 at the door
Contact: Illanit Gal |(650) 223-8649 |firstname.lastname@example.org