Les Violons du Roy

Julian Wachner, Music Director & Conductor

Avi Avital, Mandolin

Legacy Concert in memory of Mildred Anderson

Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:00PM

Doors open at 1:30PM

Due to the current covid surge, we are requiring proof of vaccinations for

our October, November and December concerts.


Until further notice:

  • masks must be worn indoors at all times and social distancing will be encouraged

  • we will not have in-person pre-concert forums 

  • we will not have intermissions and the concert programs will be approximately an hour and 10 minutes (similar to normal concert length - 75-80 minutes of music without the 20-30 minute intermission)


The internationally renowned

15-player chamber orchestra

Les Violons du Roy  specializes in

the vast repertoire of 17th and 18th century music. They are joined by superstar mandolinist Avi Avital whose return to the ICS stage is eagerly anticipated.  His playing is magical, and performing with one of the top chamber orchestras in the world...we will be spellbound!


“The words 'superstar' and 'mandolinist' still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined with some frequency due to Avi Avital”

— The New York Times

“The playing was sublime, the phrasing was both meticulously phrased and yet thrillingly free […] the musicians projected such joy in their music-making that they received a series of standing ovations of explosive power…”

— Laurence Vittes, BachTrack

Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the celebrated court orchestra of the French kings. It was founded in 1984 by Bernard Labadie, now styled founding conductor, and continues under music director Jonathan Cohen to explore the nearly boundless repertoire of music for chamber orchestra. Their performances match as closely as possible to the period of each work’s composition, as its minimum 15-member complement plays modern instruments, albeit with period bows for Baroque and Classical music, and its interpretations are deeply informed by the latest research on seventeenth- and 18-century performance practice.

Thanks to Deutsche Grammophon for Avi Avital photo

The artists are represented by Opus 3 Artists

Harald Hoffman DG.jpg

Program : 



(arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, BWV 1041



Allegro assai

            Avi Avital, mandolin





Mandolin Concerto in C Major, RV 425




  .        Avi Avital, mandolin



(Completed by Bernard Labadie after Davitt Moroney)


The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts)

Contrapunctus I

Contrapunctus VII

Contrapunctus XIV



(arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

Concerto for Lute and Two Violins in D Major, RV 93




         Avi Avital, mandolin



(arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052




           Avi Avital, mandolin



Note: Jonathan Cohen will not be able to enter the US for the upcoming tour with Les Violons du Roy due to a positive Covid test. Julian Wachner will step in as conductor and harpsichordist 

Les Violons du Roy would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada for their support.


North American Management for Mr. Avital and Exclusive Tour Management for

Les Violons du Roy:

Opus 3 Artists

470 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor North, New York, NY 10019


Program subject to change


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