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Shakespeare's Globe

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani

7 December

Performers

Mandolin
Avi Avital

Harpsichord
Mahan Esfahani

  • Theatre/2014/SWP/Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani/CG

Virtuoso harpsichord player Mahan Esfahani and mandolin artist Avi Avital describe their meeting through the music of Bach in this, their first London concert together as a duo. From very different backgrounds in Iran and Israel, both are driven by a passion for their music and the contemporary resonance of their instruments.

Born in Tehran in 1984, Mahan Esfahani was the first harpsichordist to be a BBC New Generation Artist and is shortlisted for Gramophone Artist of the Year Award 2014.

‘It would be hard not to be impressed by Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani . . . Esfahani’s touch was always insightful and, above all, visceral.’
The Guardian

Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, Grammy nominated Avi Avital is building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through his dynamic musicianship and virtuosic performance in a range of genres.

‘Bypasses the obvious with playing of sheer brilliance’
Daily Telegraph

Programme

J S Bach     
Trio Sonata No 4 from BWV 1019 (Orig. Organ)

D Scarlatti
Sonata for Mandolin and Basso Continuo in D minor K 91

Takamitsu
Rain Dreaming

Avi Avital  
‘Kedma’ (which means in Hebrew “Eastwards” or Towards the orient)

Vivaldi       
Sonata in C major

Bach          
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1019

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