Acknowledged by The New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and “stunning agility,” Grammy-nominated Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin. Internationally regarded for his performances at venues including Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), Lincoln Center, Berlin Philharmonie, KKL Luzern, Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and Wigmore Hall, he has collaborated extensively with artists such as Giora Feidman, Dawn Upshaw, and Richard Galliano, and has also been featured at the Tanglewood, Lucerne, Spoleto, and Ravenna summer festivals. Mr. Avital has released various recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, Baroque, and contemporary classical music and now records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon. His debut release featured his own transcriptions of J.S. Bach concertos for harpsichord and violin. Mr. Avital was the first mandolin player to receive a Grammy nomination—“Best Instrumental Soloist” (2010)—for his recording of Avner Dorman’s Mandolin Concerto. This is his North Texas debut.
Kenneth Weiss is an American harpsichordist with an active career as a soloist, conductor, chamber musician, and teacher. He was harpsichordist and assistant conductor to William Christie with Les Arts Florissants, taking part in numerous recordings and staged operas. Mr. Weiss has since performed solo recitals around the world, appearing as a duo with the violinist Fabio Biondi and regularly conducting The English Concert, Concerto Copenhagen, and the Orchestre de Rouen.