***Summer Workshop NOW OPEN for registration***
I'm happy to announce that the renowned institute *Forum Artium* has opened an international mandolin summer course under my guidance. In an intimate atmosphere I'll be giving daily lessons and workshops, also touching topics as career development, artistic vision, concert programming and recording planning, repertoire and arrangements.
As I'll have my lute with me, diving into sonatas with basso continuo will be encouraged, as well as the art of continuo playing on the mandolin.
All meals and accommodation are taken care of, please find the details (also in English) on https://www.forum-artium.de/Mandoline/MK-70-Alon-Sariel.html and you can contact me for any questions and repertoire suggestions.
I wish you happy plucking and look forward to seeing you there!
*Update: 2024 dates are here: 19.-23. of August!
One of the ways through which I support mandolin education is producing new compositions or arrangements of pieces that I love.
Here you can watch an excerpt of ASTURIAS by Isaac Albeniz, as well as the opening prelude to my Mandolin Partita No. 1
To order one of these works for € 12,- quick and easy in digital form, just mention ASTURIAS or PRELUDE and your email in the transfer details @ PayPal.Me/alonsariel
As musical director of Concerto Foscari, I've led dozens of Children's Concerts of different themes and sorts. I believe in interactive musical education and see in it the branch, upon I and all my fellow professional musicians are sitting. During the Praetorius anniversary of 2021 I've taken part in a special project by Musikland Niedersachsen titled "Early Music at the Classroom" in which I could introduce Renaissance art and music to school children all over Lower Saxony. This project continues in Autumn 2023, when the mandolin is titled „Instrument of the Year“.
As a member of the organisation „Rhapsody in School“, I've visited several classrooms to introduce my different instruments and classical music in general. My goal is simply to awake questions and curiosity, perhaps plant some tiny seeds and allow the kids and youth to dream about persuading a creative life.
While on tour, I've always enjoyed meeting students and visiting educational institutes around the world, sharing my passion for music and art. Whether it was mandolin majors at Trinity Collage of London or a mass orchestra of over a hundred mandolinists at the CMSA convention in Toronto; chamber ensembles at the Lilla Akademien in Stockholm or a young Czech string orchestra whom I've introduced certain oral music traditions and folk music at the ZUŠ Nová Paka; highly gifted guitar students of the National University of the Arts (UNAM) in Mexico City or young Russian virtuosi on Domra and Balalaika at the Kazan Conservatory, where I had the pleasure to sit in the jury.
During the years of my own education in Germany, I was privileged to serve as musical director in Göttingen, both at the Youth Symphony Orchestra and at the Camerata Medica. I've always found it interesting to work also with youngsters and non-professionals, which sometimes requires completely different qualities than my usual work. Above all it was a great pleasure to open some doors of inspiration into the world of orchestral music, rhythm, intonation, teamwork, leadership and communication.