Ms. Handler is the principal tuba player of the Israel Symphony Orchestra, which is the orchestra in residence at the Israel Opera. She assumed the position starting from the 2001-2002 season. Ms Handler performed in many countries with the Opera- Finland, Germany, Italy and more.
Ms. Handler is on the faculty of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, the Levinsky College of Education and the Israel Conservatory of Music and the Israel conservatory of Music.
Ms. Handler has been a very active member of the Brass Chamber scene in Israel- she was a member of the Israel Brass Quintet for 15 years. She is the founder of the Israel tuba duo and has brought important tuba soloists to Israel (Roger Bobo, Oren Marshall and Beth Mitchell) for concerts and master classes. Furthermore, Ms. Handler performed in the prestigious Bashkirova Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem.
Ms. Handler released her first solo disc in 2014- "Tuba in the City" which has had great success both nationally and internationally. She released her disc "Tubalicious"with the Israel Tuba duo, and is in the process of recording a new disc with the duo.
She has performed as a soloist with the Rishon Lezion Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Holon Bama Orchestra, The Tel-aviv Soloists ensemble and the Ariel chamber Orchestra. Moreover, Handler has performed with the Israel Philharmonic, the Czech Radio Symphony, The Raanana Symphonette and the PMF festival orchestra. Handler performed her mandatory army service in the prestigious Israel Army Band.
Ms. Handler received international and national recognition, winning prizes at different festivals. Furthermore, as a member of the Israel Brass Quintet, Ms. Handler was awarded several prizes at a renowned Jewish Music Festival in Holland. Handler received many scholarships from the Israel-America Cultural Foundation, the New-York city Foundation for the Arts and full scholarships towards both of her university degrees.
Ms. Handler completed her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University and her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan school. She completed both degrees with the highest honors; Summa Com Laude.
Ms. Handler is an Eastman Performing Artist and an Arresonance Mouthpiece artist.
Avital loves a good game of tennis and bike riding. She divides her time between her two loves- the tuba and her family, who always remind her of the joys of life