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Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet


Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

  • Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018, 7:30pm
  • Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
  • Series: This event is part of the Musica Viva International Concert Season 2018 series
  • Tickets: Adult: $79 - $136 | Concession: $69 - $118 | Under 30: $30 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1800 688 482

Event Details

“Everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do…truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.” Haaretz Daily.

A solo superstar, an award-winning quartet, and music for the heart and the mind. Avi Avital is a ground-breaking virtuoso of the mandolin. Able to move easily between foot-stomping folk dances and filigree Baroque concertos, his performances challenge people’s perceptions of his instrument and are celebrated for an all-embracing stage presence.

Here, these bright yet intimate sounds are a perfect foil for the warm strings of the Giocoso Quartet. As winners of the Musica Viva and Audience prizes at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, their zesty, characterful playing has helped them steadily build a reputation through Europe and Asia.

Together, this unusual combination demands fascinating repertoire. This includes two works written for Avi: David Bruce’s tribute to the Celtic sun god, Cymbeline, and Elena Kats-Chernin’s new piece, sparkling with her trademark theatricality along with Bach and Schumann.

Giocoso String Quartet
Sebastian Casleanu violin
Teofil Todica violin
Martha Windhagauer viola
Bas Jongen cello


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
Sydney Weekday Concert: Kenneth W Tribe Tribute Concert

Featured non-Australian music: Schumann, J.S. Bach, Bruce

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8394 6666 or by email to contact@musicaviva.com.au

Featured Australian Works

Orfeo (mandolin with string quartet) by Elena Kats-Chernin
— performed by Avi Avital and Giocoso Quartet

Featured artists

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