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Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

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★★★★ With the mien of a rock star and the technique of a virtuoso, Avital is a stunning performer. Limelight

Explosively charismatic. New York Times

Whether performing at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall or for his fans on social media, the 38-year-old Israeli virtuoso represents a new breed of classical musician, the poster-boy for a revolution centred on the humble mandolin. The Australian

The first mandolin player to be nominated for a classical Grammy award, Avital has received glowing reviews from his concerts in the Holywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, London's Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall. Name the most prestigious concert venues and Avital has been there and been loved.

This relatively young artist has released three albums on Deutche Grammophon, no less, and commissioned more than 90 new works. He has also perfected the smouldering look for publicity shots and album covers.

We can see for ourselves what the fuss is all about when he tours nationally with the Giocosa String Quartet from 7th to 24th April. Expect to hear Bach and Schumann and a world premiere work by the wonderful Australian Elena Kats-Chernin.

Just as Larry Adler transformed the humble mouth-organ into a virtuoso and versatile instrument, Avi Avital has transformed our perception of the mandolin.

He relishes the moment when audiences grasp just what his instrument is capable of: "Wherever I play around the world, I feel that for most of the people it's absolutely the first time and there is a great curiosity and a great anticipation, which is wonderful for the concert atmosphere."

Full marks to Musica Viva for giving us the chance to experience a unique musician, paired with the world-renowned Giocosa String Quartet.

It may well be that this will be a concert which will also be a lifetime memory.


Sydney 07 Apr 2018 2:00 PM
Sydney 09 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
Brisbane 11 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
Newcastle 12 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
Melbourne 14 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
Adelaide 17 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
Canberra 19 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
Perth 21 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
Melbourne 24 Apr 2018 7:00 PM

Adelaide: Adelaide Town Hall
Brisbane: Queensland Conservatorium
Canberra: Llewellyn Hall
Melbourne: Melbourne Recital Centre
Newcastle: Newcastle Conservatorium of Music
Perth: Perth Concert Hall
Sydney: City Recital Hall


SCHUMANN String Quartet no 1 in A minor, op 41 no 1
JS BACH Chaconne from Partita in D minor for violin, BWV1004
BRUCE Cymbeline for mandolin and string quartet

Commissioned for Musica Viva by Kim Williams AM

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Why? Unique and spellbinding
When: 7th April - 24th April
Where: Across Australia
Cost: $30 - $90
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