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Israelis You Should Know: Avi Avital

Name: Avi Avital

Age: 37

Family: Married with one son

Known for: Avital is a famous Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer

About him: Avi Avital was born in Be'er Sheva, Israel, and by the age of 8, he was playing mandolin with a local orchestra. He went on to study at the Jerusalem Academy of Music at the same time that he was fulfilling his service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and he had the opportunity to play with the Jerusalem String Quartet during this time.

After he completed his service, he began studying at the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padova, Italy, where he then lived for eight years. In 2009, he moved to Berlin, Germany. He released his record debut in 2012, and has spent recent years performing with international orchestras around the world. Many of the musicians he plays with are fellow Israelis.

Avital has been nominated for a Grammy award, has won Israel's Aviv Competition, and has received Germany's ECHO Prize.

In his own words: "Missing home is now part of my daily menu. I feel at home in Berlin, New York, and Italy, but my home is in Israel and I’m very proud of my Israeliness."

Watch him perform in the video above.

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