Mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital puts the string instrument back on the world map


With his unparalleled virtuosity and contagious charisma, Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital has played the biggest concert halls around the world, from Wigmore Hall in London to Carnegie Hall in New York City. He’s been credited with putting the mandolin back on the world map of classical music, as well as jazz and even folk. He tells FRANCE 24’s Florence Villeminot why the string instrument has been overlooked and what he’s doing to put it back in the spotlight.

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