Audio: Grammy Nominated Mandolin Player Avi Avital

Mandolinist Avi Avital is the first ever Israeli nominated for a classical music Grammy Award.
2/6/2011, 6:29 PM

A7 Radio's "Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast" with Ben Bresky
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What does Avi Avital have in common with Lady Gaga, Eminen and Katy Perry? They've all been nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award in the United States. The mandolin virtuoso makes history as the first mandolinist and first Israeli to be nominated in the classical music category. His performance on the new CD from fellow Israeli musician Avner Dorman's Concertos for Mandolin, Piccolo, Piano and Concert Grosso has earned him new found fame. In this exclusive interview with Israel Beat, Avital talks about the award, and his connection to Jewish music.

Plus, Jewish classical composer Ernest Bloch and the striking and frank essay on Jewish identity Why I Am a Jew by Edmond Fleg.

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Ben Bresky is a music journalist and recording engineer living in Jerusalem. He hosts The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviewing a wide range of Jewish and Israeli musicians from Carlebach to klezmer, from hasidic to trance. For full archives visit
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