Mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital - Conversations - ABC Radio

Avi is revolutionising the image of traditional folk instrument, the mandolin (R)

Avi grew up in Be’er Sheva in Israel, where he learned mandolin from a violinist.

Not until he went to Italy to study at the Cesare Pollini Conservatory of Music in Padua, did he play music written specifically for his instrument.

Today his style sits somewhere between the traditional mandolin technique he was taught in Italy, and his own.

Avi now lives in Berlin and performs all over the world, from New York’s Carnegie Hall, to the Forbidden City in Beijing.

His renditions of Baroque and folk music, in concert and recordings, have been described as ‘electric’, and have seen his acclaim, and touring schedule, grow dramatically.

In a first for a mandolinist, Avi was nominated for a Best Instrumental Soloist Grammy in 2010.