Join us in the stylish warehouse atmosphere of Aria for a Schubert Club Mix concert featuring Avi Avital, mandolin, Ksenija Sidorova, accordion and Itamar Doari, percussion. In this dazzling concert, titled Between Worlds, the audience will be taken on a genre-defying tour of the globe exploring the nexus between classical, popular and traditional music.

Avi Avital

AviAvitalBioPhotoAcknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility”, Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and adventurous musicians. He is deeply committed to building a fresh legacy for the mandolin through virtuosic performance in a range of genres and commissioning new works for mandolin.

Born in Be’er Sheva, southern Israel in 1978, he began learning the mandolin at the age of eight and soon joined the flourishing mandolin youth orchestra founded and directed by his charismatic teacher, Russian-born violinist Simcha Nathanson. He later graduated from the Jerusalem Music Academy and the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padova, Italy where he studied the original mandolin repertoire with Ugo Orlandi. Avital has released various recordings in the disparate genres of klezmer, baroque and contemporary classical music. He now records exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon and his debut release featured his own transcriptions of J S Bach Concertos for harpsichord and violin. His second disc “Between Worlds” introduced chamber music compositions from Ernest Bloch and De Falla to traditional Bulgarian Folk tunes and was released in 2014 to critical acclaim. He records Vivaldi Concertos with the Venice Baroque Orchestra for release in 2015.

Ksenija Sidorova

Ksenija SidorovaBorn in Latvia in 1988 Ksenija Sidorova was encouraged to take up the accordion by her grandmother, who has roots in the folk tradition of accordion playing. Ksenija started to play the instrument at the age of eight in her home town of Riga, under the guidance of Marija Gasele. Wanting more exposure to both classical and contemporary repertoire and also more concert opportunities, her studies took her to London where she was a prize-winning undergraduate and subsequently received a Masters Degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Professor Owen Murray. Outside the RAM her awards included a Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship Fund Award and Philharmonia Orchestra Friends Award.

In February 2009 Ksenija was a joint winner of “Friends of the Royal Academy of Music Wigmore Award”, which led to her Wigmore Hall debut on May 18, 2009. The same year she was also made a Recommended Artist under Making Music’s Philip & Dorothy Green Award scheme. She was also selected to appear in Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series, 2009, and was described by The Times as “one of the real finds of the series”. She is also a recipient of the Worshipful Company of Musicians` Silver Medal, Maisie Lewis Award and was the first accordionist to win the prestigious WCoM Prince`s Prize. In May 2012 Ksenija became the first International Award winner of the Bryn Terfel Foundation. Ksenija is also a winner of international competitions including a national talent competition in Latvia, the International Accordion Competition in Novosibirsk (Russia), St. Petersburg (Russia), Citta di Montese (Italy) and Siauliai (Lithuania).

Ksenija is a keen promoter of her instrument and she has continuously done outreach work at primary schools across the UK with the support of the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Ksenija is generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. David Bowerman.

Itamar Doari

Itamar Doario image by Ingo NordhofenItamar Doari was born in Israel 1985. He began his musical training when he was only six years old, playing traditional percussion instruments such as Frame Drums, Darbuka, Riq and more. During his early years he had the honour to learn from some of the greatest music teachers in hand-drums and percussion from Israel and abroad – including Zohar Fresco, Glen Vallez, Sallem Darwish and Ahmed Taher. Itamar graduated from Klor Music School with honors, in 2003. At the age of seventeen he was already playing and touring around the world with some of the most renowned musicians in Israel.

Playing on some of the most well known stages and festivals in Israel and around the world, Itamar has become a strong force in the percussion scene world-wide, making his unique way and sound and reaching big audiences around the world. He does so, by playing different percussion instruments and collaborating with artists from different styles and origins world-wide. Itamar was the winner of the America-Israel Foundation Scholarship for 2009/2010.

Itamar toured for 3 years with Avishai Cohen including 3 records together. Their latest album Seven Seas which Itamar also Co-produced was nominated for a French Grammy award. Itamar is a member in the Band Yemen Blues, a new and unique project with musicians working together from New York and Israel, performing worldwide. Itamar is also a collaborator in the latest Berry Sakharof worldwide tour. Their album You are here was the winner of album of the year in Israel 2011. Itamar also took part in the Israeli International Idan Raichel Project which also won best album and best group performance of the year in Israel. Other artists whom Itamar has worked with include Yasmin Levy, Shem-Tove Levi, Fools of Prophecy, Sheva, Ahuva Ozeri, Omar Faruk Tkhbilak, Samir Makhull, Amal Murkus, Avshalom Farjun, Shai Ben Tzur and Avi Avital.

Image copyright Ingo Nordhofen.



Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Aria, Minneapolis
Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.


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Between Worlds

Join us for  the final Schubert Club Mix concert of the season featuring Avi Avital, mandolin, Ksenija Sidorova, accordion and Itamar Doari, percussion. This dazzling concert, titled Between Worlds, explores the borders between folk and classical music.

Béla Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances

Traditional Turkish – Naciye Naciye

J.S. Bach – Sonata No 6 in G major, BWV 1019 – Allegro

Traditional Bukharan/Israeli – Mi Yitneni Of

J.S. Bach – Sarabande from Overture in the French Style, BWV 831

Traditional Bulgarian – Bucimis

Sulkhan Tsintsade – Three Miniatures based on Georgian Folk Themes


Ernest Bloch – Nigun from Baal-Shem

Fritz Kresiler – Praeledium and Allegro (“in the style of Pugnani”)

Manuel de Falla – Six Spanish Folk Songs

Heitor Villa-Lobos – Bachianas Brasilerias
Aria (Cantilena)

Nikolai Budaskhin – Concerto in A minor

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A musician who recognizes no boundaries except those of good taste and who has the artistry to persuade listeners to follow him anywhere.


The silver lining was Ksenija Sidorova...for she has the ability to steal a musical heart.

The Telegraph

Everything you never dreamt a mandolin could do...truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.

Haaretz Daily