Duo Mantar

2024 Austin Chamber Music Festival

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Austin Chamber Music Center in partnership with Austin Classical Guitar presents Duo Mantar. Described as “visceral and imaginative” and “transcendental and exuberant,” the two virtuosi that make up Duo Mantar will perform music for guitar and mandolin by Astor Piazzolla and Yehezkel Braun, a world premiere of Avner Dorman’s Many Waters, and more.

Subject to availability, $12 Student Rush (with student ID), $30 General Admission, $45 Preferred, and $80 Premium tickets may be purchased at the box office on the evening of the concert. The box office will open at 6:30 PM that day.


Selections from The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires | Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)

  • Winter
  • Autumn

Many Waters (World Premiere) | Avner Dorman (b. 1975)

  • ⁠Red Sea
  • ⁠San Diego Bay
  • ⁠Susquehanna River
  • Green Lake
  • ⁠Jordan River

Three Songs Without Words | Paul Ben-Haim (1897-1984) Arr. Gregg Nestor

  • Arioso
  • Ballad
  • Sephardic Melody


Oriental Pantomime | Jan Freidlin (b. 1944)

Oración | Dalit Raij

Duo for Mandolin and Guitar | Ittai Rosenbaum (b. 1966)

Sonata for Mandolin and Guitar | Yehezkel Braun (1922–2014)

  • Fantasia
  • Aria
  • Variazione


Adam Levin, guitar | Jacob Reuven, mandolin

Approximate run time: 75 minutes, plus one short intermission

Duo Mantar

Duo Mantar is comprised of two virtuosos, American classical guitarist, Adam Levin, and Israeli Mandolinist, Jacob Reuven. They are described as “visceral and imaginative” and “transcendental and exuberant,”respectively. This novel pairing is rare in the chamber music world, however, the two plucked instruments are complementary and are natural extensions of one another. Levin and Reuven began playing together in 2017 and share a passion for Israeli Music, Hebrew and Jewish songs. Both of them are committed to expanding the repertoire available for mandolin and guitar by actively commissioning today’s most sought after Israeli composers. Additionally, they are performing works originally written for mandolin and guitar by Yehezkel Braun and fresh arrangements of traditional Hebrew songs by Marc Lavry and Maurice Ravel. They gave their debut in April 2018 at the University of Rhode Island Guitar Festival. In 2018–19, they toured in the United States, Israel and Spain. Their debut recording on Naxos Label (June 2021) reached no.1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Album Chart and they are already planning a record with the Sonatas by Gabriele Leone.

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