FREE Lunchtime Concert: Yair Avidor (theorbo)
Yair Avidor plays a programme of solo theorbo music by 17th century Italian and French composers, including Piccinini, Viviani and Robert de Visee.
The theorbo (also known as chitarrone) is a lute with an added set of bass strings, mounted on a long extension with a second peg box. The instrument was invented around the 1600, about the same time as Italian opera and basso continuo were born, with the main purpose of accompanying the voice and other instruments. Its deep sound inspired lutenist-composers to write solo music for it, though never to same extent as the lute did.
Yair Avidor was born in sunny Tel Aviv and took up the classical guitar at the tender age of ten.
His interest in the lute and other historic plucked instruments has taken him to colder climes, namely Northern Germany and Italy (Bremen followed by Milan) where he studied and lived for 8 years.He seems to have settled for the moment in foggy London, following his studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
He plays regularly with his own ensemble, the Amphion Consort, exploring the rich repertoire of renaissance and baroque chamber music for strings and lute; and A Musical Dreame, a duo with soprano Alison Hill, whose main focus is the Elizabethan lute song.