Avi Avital

Concert Update

Unfortunately, Giovanni Sollima is no longer able to come to Australia to perform with Avi Avital, after contracting Covid-19. We are disappointed he will miss this tour and we wish him a speedy recovery.

In his place, Avi Avital will be joined on stage by two virtuosic pianists: Gladys Chua in Perth and Konstantin Shamray in Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney (8 October) and Orange. We would also like to thank Erin Helyard for his performances with Avi Avital throughout September.

Program 1: Avi Avital & Erin Helyard

Mandolinist Avi Avital and harpsichordist Erin Helyard are musicians of a feather. Both charismatic advocates for their respective instruments, they’re also masters of the baroque repertoire, bringing to it a unique sense of vitality and panache. They’re mega-watt performers, making every concert an event.

Musica Viva Australia is delighted to be bringing Avi and Erin together for the first time since 2018, when they charmed Tasmanian audiences with their lively rapport. They’ll explore their shared passion for the baroque in a program celebrating Bach, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, and other masters, framed by stories of Avi’s first encounters with this vibrant, often sublime body of work.

Experience music both stirring and reflective; marvel at works whose jewel-like construction is paired with a profound humanity; and revel in the most propulsive of dance rhythms as Avi and Erin illuminate the repertoire that has meant so much to them.

A conversational, intimate musical experience like no other, join Avi and Erin for a highly personal celebration of the baroque.

Erin Helyard appears courtesy of Pinchgut Opera.


Program 2: Avi Avital & Gladys Chua (Perth). Avi Avital & Konstantin Shamray (Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney 8 Oct, and Orange)

Musica Viva Australia is pleased to announce Avi Avital will be joined on stage by two virtuosic pianists: Gladys Chua in Perth and Konstantin Shamray in Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney (8 October) and Orange. These artists will do what they love best: collaborate with a perfectly matched artist on a program of great works.

Presenting works by Mozart, de Falla, Bartók and others, the concert skips between the folk traditions which inspired these great composers and the art music that grew from these same traditions. The program also includes Giovanni Sollima’s Prelude for mandolin solo – it will be an enthralling series of concerts.

"[Avital is] one of those rare musicians whose scintillating virtuosity is amazing and whose innate musicality creates utterly convincing interpretations."
— The Australian
"Erin Helyard… holds both audience and performers in the palm of his hand. "
— Daily Review

Livestream tickets are no longer available.

Avi Avital & Erin Helyard will be livestreamed on Tuesday 27 September at 7pm AEST.

Bring the joy of live music into your home, on your smart TV, computer, tablet or even mobile phone with a livestreamed concert. Tickets are just $25 and include a 48-hour re-watch period.

You will receive an email confirmation when you purchase your tickets. Ticket holders will receive a link to watch the performance 24 hours prior to the concert.

If you’re watching on your phone or computer we recommend using headphones or connecting to external speakers. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

Program 1:
ERIN HELYARD Harpsichord

Erin Helyard appears courtesy of Pinchgut Opera.

Program 2:
KONSTANTIN SHAMRAY Piano (Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney 8 Oct, and Orange)
GLADYS CHUA Piano (Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney 8 Oct, and Orange)

Program 1

SCARLATTI Sonata in D minor, K. 90
VIVALDI Trio Sonata in G minor, RV 85
JS BACH Sonata in G major, BWV 1019
VALENTINI Sonata in A minor
VIVALDI Trio Sonata in C major, RV 82

Plus a selection of Avi’s favourite works for mandolin solo.


Program 2:

BARTOK Romanian Folk Dances
MOZART Sonata No. 21 in E Minor, K. 304 (originally for violin and piano)
SOLLIMA Prelude for mandolin solo
DE FALLA Siete Canciones Populares Espanolas
LAVRI Three Jewish Dances

Plus a selection of Avi’s favourite works for mandolin solo

Sydney: The Saturday 8 October concert is a Ken Tribe Tribute Concert.

Orange: Presented by the Orange Regional Conservatorium in association with Musica Viva Australia as part of its Regional Touring program. 

This tour is generously supported by our Ensemble Patron:
Eleanore Goodridge OAM

Concert Champions
Patricia Crummer (Sydney)
Barry & Diana Moore (Brisbane)
Peter Lovell (Melbourne)
Greg Shalit & Miriam Faine (Melbourne)
Andrew Blanckensee (Canberra)


View or download the program guide below.



Event and Ticketing Details

Dates & Times

Hobart - Program 1   19 September 7:30pm
Melbourne - Program 1   20 September 7pm
Newcastle - Program 1   22 September 7:30pm
Melbourne - Program 1   24 September 7pm
Sydney - Program 1   26 September 7pm
Brisbane - Program 1   27 September 7pm
Lismore - Program 1   29 September 7:30pm
Perth - Program 2   2 October 6:30pm
Canberra - Program 2   5 October 7pm
Adelaide - Program 2   6 October 7:30pm
Sydney - Program 2   8 October 2pm
Orange - Program 2   10 October 6:30pm


Multiple Venues

Please check the venue in your city when booking tickets.

Event notes

Venue Information

Read more about the venues here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Doors open 1 hour before the performance starts.

Performance runs for 1 hour and 12 minutes without an interval.
Runtime: 72mins

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