The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for championing his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (The New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. As our Artist-in-residence, Avital will perform a range of Baroque concertos, both original and transcriptions, by Bach and Vivaldi, accompanied by the highly acclaimed French-Canadian ensemble, Les Violons du Roy.
Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425
Excerpts from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080
Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avital)
Concerto Grosso in G Minor, Op. 3, No. 2, RV 578
Keyboard Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avital)