Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital has performed widely in Israel, Europe, US, and Asia. This season he makes solo appearances in Italy, Germany, and San Francisco and performs the world premiere of Josef Bardanashvili's Mandolin Concerto with the Israel Sinfonietta. He was awarded the prestigious Doris and Mori Arkin Prize for Mandolin at the 2007 Aviv Competitions. He has played with leading orchestras including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, I Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano, Rostov State Theatre Orchestra in Russia, Metropolis Ensemble in New York, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Camerata Jerusalem, and Orchestra Milano Classica. Since 2004 he has performed regularly with the renowned clarinetist Giora Feidman, with whom he appeared at International Youth Day in Köln in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI. His playing can be heard on the Israeli Classical music radio station Kol Hamusica, Radio 3 Rai in Italy, MDR and Bayern 4 in Germany, and WQXR in New York. He has recorded many albums for labels such as SONY Classical, Mode Records NY, PlTMne DE, and La Discantica. Mr. Avital is a graduate of the Jerusalem Music Academy and Conservatorio Cesare Pollini of Padova. He has given lectures and master classes at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Stanford University in California, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan, the Music Academy in Jerusalem, the University of the Philippines in Manila, and The Juilliard School of Music.