Conductor / Mandolinist
Zefunot Culture introduced Alon to its audience. It also awarded him a scholarship for participation in conducting workshops in Israel and abroad as well assistance in purchasing an instrument.
"... Sariel presented the solo with elegance, refined ornamentation and a hint of flexing and inégal mannerism, ...Playing that is a celebration of the freshness, energy and invention."
Pamela Hickman, Jerusalem, April 2016
"… Sariel wowed the audience with Bach's Chaconne on the mandolin…"
Joyce Lindorff, Kuopio, August 2013
"… with his playing, he raised the mandolin into totally new spheres…"
Pekka Vapaavuori, Kuopio, August 2013
As a mandolinist and lutenist, as well as a conductor, Alon Sariel is at home in the fields of both early and new music, having premiered dozens of works dedicated to him. He appeared at festivals such as the Salzburger Biennale for New Music and the Early Music Festival in Utrecht, and has performed in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonieand La Scala in Milan.
Musical roads have taken Alon Sariel to many different genres from folk to avantgarde, leading him to collaborations with a bright spectrum of first-class artists such as soprano Dame Emma Kirkby, trumpeter and intuitive-music artistMarkus Stockhausen, violinist Jean-Christophe Spinosi, accordionist and banjo player Stian Carstensen and clarinetist David Krakauer.
A winner of numerous international competitions and awards, Alon Sariel has also been actively engaged in several socio-political projects including Live Music Now (Yehudi Menuhin), Rhapsody in School (Lars Vogt) and the West Eastern Divan (Daniel Barenboim).
As a soloist and member of different ensembles, Alon Sariel toured throughout Europe, the USA and Mexico, the Middle- and Far-East, and has given master classes at universities such as Trinity College of Music (London), Lilla Akademien (Stockholm), the Kazan Conservatory (Russia) and San Diego's Classical Mandolin Camp and Celaya Conservatory (Mexico). His playing was transmitted via radio stations worldwide, including Arte, BBC4, Bayerischer Rundfunk, WDR3, P2 Klassiskt, Kol HaMusika, WQXR and WNYC among others.
Alon Sariel is musical director of the Baroque orchestra Concerto-Foscari and founding member of PRISMA, with whom he was awarded the first prize at the International Biber Competition in Austria 2015. Recent engagements as soloist/conductor include ensembles as Munich Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Radio Symphony, Sofia Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Soloists and the Barokksolistene (Norway).
In December 2015 Alon Sariel released "Paisiello in Vienna" for Brilliant Classics, a concept album marking 200th year for the composers' passing, using original instruments from the early 1800's. 2016 will see the next recording project for Berlin Classics in cooperation with the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin.