Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital and accordionist Ksenija Sidorova on tour 22 - 27 April

11 March 2015

“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 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. 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 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. Sidorova has won numerous international competitions, made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2009, and has appeared with Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Sinfonietta Riga.

Music Network’s mission is to make live music available and accessible to as many people as possible. Through our partnerships with local Music Education Partnerships, Avi and Ksenija will host a series of workshops for young musicians, connecting our work in music performance and music education with the aim of giving children and young people rich, holistic musical experiences.

Music Network tours are funded by the Arts Council and are presented in association with RTÉ lyric fm. Tickets for all regional concerts are available from individual venues around the country.  Single tickets for Dublin are available from €13 and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online here.

Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances (Jocul cu Bâtă | Brâul | Pe Loc | Buciumeana | Poarga Românească | Mărunţel)
Manuel de Falla: From Siete Canzoni Popolari Spagnole (El Paño Moruno | Asturiana | Jota | Nana | Canción | Polo)
J. S. Bach: Partita BWV 1004 in D minor / Chaconne
Fritz Kreisler: Prelude and Allegro
Ian Wilson: Spilliaert's Beach
Alfred Schnittke: Revis Fairytale (1. Chichikov’s Childhood 2. Officials 3. Waltz 4. Polka)
Astor Piazzolla: Histoire du Tango (Café 1930 | Night-club 1960)
Nikolai Budashkin: Concerto in A minor

On Tour: 
 - Wednesday 22 April: Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire (8pm, €16/€14, 01 2312929)
 - Thursday 23 April: Georgian Large Room, City Hall, Waterford (8pm, €18 / €5, Tickets on the door - Promoted by Waterford Music)
 - Friday 24 April: The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely (8:30pm, €16/€14, 0402 38529 /
 - Saturday 25 April: All Saints Church (CoI), Mullingar (8pm, €15/€12, 044 9347777 /
 - Sunday 26 April: City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2 (8pm, €18 / €13, 01 4750224 / Promoted by Music Network
 - Monday 27 April: Station House Theatre, Clifden (8pm, €12 / €10, Tickets on the door (095 21699 for information only) Promoted by Clifden Arts Society

For more details, please see here.