Avi Avital & Ksenija Sidorova

Avi Avital & Ksenija Sidorova

Breath-taking virtuosity as Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital teams up with superstar accordionist Ksenija Sidorova this April.

Tour Dates

22 Apr, 8pm, €16 / €14 Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
23 Apr, 8pm, €18 / €5 Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford
24 Apr, 8:30pm, €16 / €14 The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely
25 Apr, 8pm, €15 / €12 All Saints Church (COI), Mullingar
26 Apr, 8pm, €18 / €13 - SOLD OUT City Assembly House, South William St, Dublin 2 - SOLD OUT
27 Apr, 8pm, €12 / €10 Station House Theatre, Clifden

Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova are set to delight Irish audiences this April on a six-date Music Network tour. A diverse programme of folk, classical and contemporary music takes the instruments beyond their folk roots. 

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. 

He is joined on this tour 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. 

Avi and Ksenija will host a series of workshops for young musicians as part of this tour, connecting our work in music performance and music education with the aim of giving children and young people rich, holistic musical experiences.

**Please note, the concert in City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2 has now sold out. No tickets will be available on the night. Avi and Ksenija will play at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin on Wednesday 22nd April.**

As part of their tour, Avi and Ksenija will host workshops for young musicians in Waterford and Mullingar. Read more here.

Composers' Voice:
Avi and Ksenija will play Ian Wilson's Spilliaert's Beach (1999) on this tour. Ian will be in attendance at the Waterford concert on 23rd March Composers’ Voice talk. There will also be an opportunity for a brief Q & A session with the composer. Composers' Voice is an audience development initiative of the Contemporary Music Centre and is made possible through the continued funding of the Centre by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaion. 

Radio interviews:
Listen back to Avi and Ksenija interviews and performances on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ lyric fm and BBC Radio Ulster ahead of their tour here.

22 Apr Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire 8pm, €16 / €14 01 2312929 Pavilion Theatre
23 Apr Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford 8pm, €18 / €5 Tickets on the door Waterford Music
24 Apr The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely 8:30pm, €16 / €14 0402 38529 (bookings@courthousearts.ie) The Courthouse Arts Centre
25 Apr All Saints Church (COI), Mullingar 8pm, €15 / €12 044 9347777 Mullingar Arts Centre
26 Apr City Assembly House, South William St, Dublin 2 - SOLD OUT 8pm, €18 / €13 - SOLD OUT 01 4750224 Music Network
27 Apr Station House Theatre, Clifden 8pm, €12 / €10 Tickets on the door / 095 21699 (information only) Clifden Arts Society

Béla Bartók (1881- 1945)
Romanian Folk Dances
Jocul cu Bâtă | Brâul | Pe Loc | Buciumeana | Poarga Românească | Mărunţel

Manuel de Falla (1876–1946)
From “Siete Canzoni Popolari Spagnole”
6 Canzoni Popolari Spagnole
El Paño Moruno | Asturiana | Jota | Nana | Canción | Polo

J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750)
Partita BWV 1004 in D minor /  Chaconne

Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)
Prelude and Allegro

Ian Wilson
Spilliaert's Beach

Alfred Schnittke (1934-1998)
Revis Fairytale
1. Chichikov’s Childhood 2. Officials 3. Waltz 4. Polka

Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) 
Histoire du Tango
Café 1930 | Night-club 1960

Nikolai Budashkin (1910-1988)
Concerto in A minor

Avi Avital and Ksenija Sidorova: Concerto for Mandolin (Domra)

Avi Avital plays Bach's Concerto in D minor (Allegro)

Ksenija Sidorova at ZURICH.MINDS: The Wonders of the Accordeon

"Avi Avital...bypasses the obvious with playing of sheer brilliance."

- The Telegraph on Avi Avital

"Dazzling flair…with light, shade, delicacy – and breathtaking virtuosity."

- The Observer on Ksenija Sidorova