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Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova
“Sheer brilliance” – The Telegraph on Avital
“Dazzling flair…with light, shade, delicacy” – The Observer on Sidorova
Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova are set to delight Waterford audiences at the Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford on 23rd April 2015, promoted by Waterford Music. A diverse programme of folk, classical and contemporary music takes the instruments beyond their folk roots. Making live music happen across the country, Music Network provides an opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices, funded by the Arts Council.
Recognised by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” in 2010 Avi Avital became the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist.” One of the world’s most adventurous musicians, he has captivated audiences across the globe with the sheer brilliance of his playing. His performances at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre and Berlin Philharmonie have brought international acclaim. Avital is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance across many genres.
He is joined at this concert by superstar accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, a keen promoter of the accordion. The young Latvian transfixes audiences with her delicate but staggeringly precise performances and transcriptions of Bach and Scarlatti. Sidorova has won numerous international competitions, made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2009, and has appeared with Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Riga.
The programme includes works by Béla Bartók, Manuel de Falla, J. S. Bach, Fritz Kreisler, Alfred Schnittke, Astor Piazzolla, Nikolai Budashkin and ‘Spilliaert's Beach’ by Irish contemporary composer Ian Wilson. As part of the Contemporary Music Centre’s Composer’s Voice initiative, Ian Wilson will be in attendance and will give a short talk on his work immediately prior to its performance.
Avi and Ksenija will also give a workshop for WIT students in The Large Room from 4:00 to 5:30. Observers welcome. Free of charge.
Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm.
Thursday 23rd April, Large Room, City Hall, Waterford.
Tickets available on the door @ €18 (Student €5). Ticket includes interval soft drink.