Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world's most exciting and
entrepreneurial young musicians. He is deeply committed to building a legacy for the
mandolin through virtuosic performance and exciting new repertoire. An exclusive
Deutsche Grammophon recording artist, Mr. Avital released his first recording for the label
entitled Bach, a disc of harpsichord and violin concertos arranged for mandolin. A second
Deutsche Grammophon release, entitled Between Worlds, is scheduled for January 2014. Mr.
Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy nomination in the category of Best
Instrumental Soloist for his recording of Avner Dorman's Mandolin Concerto with Andrew Cyr
and the Metropolis Ensemble.
In support of his Bach release, Mr. Avital was part of Deutsche Grammophon's first Yellow
Lounge performance in the US and was a guest at the 2013 SXSW festival. He also embarked on
a northeastern US tour, performing in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
In the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Avital performed Dorman's Mandolin Concerto with the Colorado
Symphony and the world premiere of David Bruce's Cymbeline with the San Diego Symphony. He
was artist-in-residence at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and made his Aspen
Music Festival debut under the baton of Nicholas McGegan in Paisiello's Mandolin Concerto
in E-flat Major. This season, Mr. Avital joins the Vancouver Recital Society in his
Vancouver Playhouse recital premiere and makes his Savannah Music Festival debut.
Mr. Avital has appeared as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco
Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Symphoniker, and Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicali, under the
batons of Mstislav Rostropovich, Sir Simon Rattle, and Philippe Entremont, among others.
Additionally, he has collaborated extensively with artists such as clarinetist Giora
Feidman, soprano Dawn Upshaw, and trumpet player and composer Frank London. He has been a
guest at the Tanglewood, Lucerne, Spoleto, and Ravenna summer music festivals, as well as
for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.
Mr. Avital has released numerous recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, Baroque,
and new classical music for the Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical BMG, and Naxos labels,
and received Germany's coveted ECHO Prize for his recording with the David Orlowsky Trio.
He has been profiled for radio stations around the world, including NPR's All Things
Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, WNYC's Soundcheck, and WQXR's Café Concerts.
Mr. Avital is a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and Conservatorio
statale di Musica "Cesare Pollini" in Padova, Italy. A recent recipient of a generous grant
from Salon De Virtuosi, he currently lives in Berlin.