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Avi Avital & Giocoso String Quartet

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24 Apr 2018

2018 international concert season

“Everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do…truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.” 
Haaretz Daily

A solo superstar, an award-winning quartet, and music for the heart and the mind. Avi Avital is a ground-breaking virtuoso of the mandolin. Able to move easily between foot-stomping folk dances and filigree Baroque concertos, his performances challenge people’s perceptions of his instrument and are celebrated for an all-embracing stage presence.

Here, these bright yet intimate sounds are a perfect foil for the warm strings of the Giocoso Quartet. As winners of the Musica Viva and Audience prizes at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, their zesty, characterful playing has helped them steadily build a reputation through Europe and Asia.

Together, this unusual combination demands fascinating repertoire. This includes two works written for Avi: David Bruce’s tribute to the Celtic sun god, Cymbeline, and Elena Kats-Chernin’s new piece, sparkling with her trademark theatricality along with Bach and Schumann.

Giocoso String Quartet
Sebastian Casleanu violin
Teofil Todica violin
Martha Windhagauer viola
Bas Jongen cello


SCHUMANN String Quartet no 1 in A minor, op 41 no 1 
JS BACH Chaconne from Partita in D minor for violin, BWV1004
BRUCE Cymbeline for mandolin and string quartet 

*Commissioned for Musica Viva by Kim Williams AM
Sydney Weekday Concert: Kenneth W Tribe Tribute Concert

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Event Dates

  • Sydney 07 Apr 2018 2:00 PM
  • Sydney 09 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
  • Brisbane 11 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
  • Newcastle 12 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
  • Melbourne 14 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
  • Adelaide 17 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
  • Canberra 19 Apr 2018 7:00 PM
  • Perth 21 Apr 2018 7:30 PM
  • Melbourne 24 Apr 2018 7:00 PM



Buy Single Tickets or Subscribe to as few as 3 concerts for great savings, the best seats and priority access to the Sir András Schiff Gala Piano Recitals.

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The Giocoso Quartet will be presenting a selection of Masterclasses in the following cities (click below for details):



Discover more about the music through our Concert Insights program of free pre-concert talks, ‘meet the artist’ events, and CD signings at selected concerts.