Rosendal Chamber Music Festival 2020

Avi Avital

Biography

The first mandolin soloist to be nominated for a classical Grammy, Avi Avital has been compared to Andres Segovia for his championship of his instrument and to Jascha Heifitz for his incredible virtuosity. Passionate and “explosively charismatic” (New York Times) in live performance, he is a driving force behind the reinvigoration of the mandolin repertory. More than 100 contemporary compositions have been written for him, 15 of them concertos including by Anna Clyne, Avner Dorman and Giovanni Sollima.

An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist, he has made five recordings for the label mostly recently solo Bach (2019). Earlier releases include Avital meets Avital (2017) with oud/bassist, Omer Avital, which explores their shared cultural heritage and brings their differing classical and jazz musical backgrounds into dialogue. Vivaldi (2015) followed his own Bach concerto transcriptions (2012) and Between Worlds (2014), a cross-generic chamber collection exploring the nexus between classical and traditional music.
Highlights of his 2019/20 season include the world première of Giovanni Sollima’s Mandolin Concerto with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI whilst other concerto engagements bring him to the Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Zurich Tonhalle Orchester, Staatskapelle Weimar, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and he tours the US with Les Violons du Roy. He tours Europe and Asia with Avital meets Avital, begins a new collaboration with Giovanni Sollima “Mediterraneo” and is featured as Portrait Artist at Bozar in Brussels.

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Festival Performances Year 2020

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 13 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 2 "Moonlight" (1801)
Paul Lewis (piano)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat major, Op. 126 No. 3 (1823-1824)
Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Sonatina WoO 43 No. 1 in C minor (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Leif Ove Andsnes (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Folk songs
Christiane Karg (soprano), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Christian Poltéra (cello), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59 No. 1 (1806)
Quatuor Ébène

Beethoven: Variations on "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen'' from ''Die Zauberflöte'', Op. 66 (c.1798)
Christian Poltéra (cello), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Tobias Broström: Dream Variations (2011)
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet), Colin Currie (percussion)

Beethoven: Andante con variazione, WoO 44 No. 2 (1792 - 1800)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

INTERVAL

Beethoven: Variations on a Waltz by Diabelli, Op. 120 (1819 - 1823)
Paul Lewis (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 in D major, Op. 10 No. 3 (1798)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano)

Beethoven: Adagio for Mandolin and Piano in E-flat major, WoO 43 No. 2 (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Sonatina for Mandolin and Piano in C major, WoO 44 No. 1 (1796)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11 (last movement: Tema con variazioni) (1797)
Björn Nyman (clarinet), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

Ketil Hvoslef: Beethoven Trio (1997)
Björn Nyman (clarinet), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

PAUSE

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major, Op. 135 (1826)
Quatuor Ébène

J. S. Bach arr. for mandolin by Avi Avital: Chaconne from Partita No 2. BWV 1004 (1717 - 1720)
Avi Avital (mandolin)

Beethoven: Bagatelle in E-flat major, Op. 126, Nos. 1, 5 & 6 (1823-1824)
Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Rolf Wallin: Realismos Magicos (2014)
Colin Currie (percussion)

Vivaldi arr. Avital: Concerto for lute in D major, RV. 93 (1730 - 1731)
Avi Avital (mandolin), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), N.N. (violin), Henninge Landaas (viola), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Karol Ciesluk (double bass), Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

Lene Grenager: Extract from Mixed Handedness for solo cello (2017)
Lene Grenager (cello)

Beethoven: Folksongs
Christiane Karg (soprano), Guro Kleven Hagen (violin), Jakob Koranyi (cello), Jonathan Biss (piano)