Les Violons du Roy

Jonathan Cohen, Music Director & Conductor

Avi Avital, Mandolin

Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:00PM

Pre-concert forum at 1:15PM


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.

For community safety, InConcert Sierra will be complying with and enforcing all local, state, and federal Covid-19 regulations in effect at the time of the ticketed event.

Thanks to Deutsche Grammophon for Avi Avital photo

The artists are represented by Opus 3 Artists

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Program includes: 

VIVALDI : Mandolin Concerto in C, RV 425

BACH : Excerpts from The Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080

BACH : Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI : Lute Concerto in D, RV 93 (arr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)

VIVALDI : Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV 531

BACH : Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (arr. and transcr. for solo mandolin by Avi Avital)


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