Masterclass Student Masters
Avi Avital and his students

Avi Avital, mandolin, director

Johann Stötzer, violin
Luisa Schwegler, violin
Anna Boida, viola
Lionel Martin, violoncello

Programme:
Giovanni Francesco Giuliani, Quartetto in La Maggiore
for mandolin, violin, viola and cello
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, String Quartet No. 2 in D Major, K. 155
David Bruce: Cymbeline (2013) for mandolin and string quartet
Astor Piazzola / Osvaldo Golijov, ESCUALO
Trad. Yiddish / Osvaldo Golijov, Arum Dem Fayer for mandolin
and string quartet

The young Avi Avital was initially also tempted by the drums, but fortunately for his audiences all over the world, he remained loyal to the mandolin. Today, Avital is one of the most important proponents of his instrument, which is still not always accepted on the classical music stages. Thanks to him, however, it is increasingly becoming established on the international concert scene. However, that is not all: Avi Avital is also a role model, mentor and inspiring tutor to the next generation of musicians, and not only to young mandolin virtuosos. His infectious passion for the surprising and the unusual also stands him in good stead when collaborating with the highly talented young string quartet with whom he developed a programme for this year's Mozart Festival Würzburg that is as challenging as it is varied and spans several centuries of music traditions. This spectacular concert experience will be reprised at Neuhardenberg.

The career development programme Masterclass Student Masters is aimed at allowing renowned and experienced prominent musicians to pass on their knowledge and skills to the younger generation. Most of the masterclass students are chosen from the winning participants of the classical music competition 'Jugend musiziert'. Both the series of concerts as well as the competition are part of the Savings Bank Finance Group's extensive commitment to the promotion of talented young musicians.