Shlomo Mintz - Violinist, Violist, Conductor and Composer
“Undoubtedly one of the greatest living violinists”
Critics, colleagues, and audiences regard Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique alike.
Born in Moscow in 1957, he immigrated to Israel with his family two years later, where he studied the violin with Ilona Feher. At 11, he made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. At 16, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the patronage of Isaac Stern. Since then, he has regularly appeared with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international music scene and is also a much sought-after chamber musician.
Shlomo Mintz was President of the Jury of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition and the Sion Valais International Violin Competition. He was simultaneously the Artistic Director of the International Music Festival Sion Valais (Switzerland). Mintz frequently appears as a soloist in concerts for Violins of Hope, a project that aims to promote peace through music.
Mintz has won several prestigious prizes, including the Cremona Music Award 2016, the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason d’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award.
In the 2017/2018 season, Shlomo Mintz celebrated his 60th birthday anniversary by performing major Violin Concertos with worldwide tours and various orchestras. He premiered his composition, "Quatre Hommages," In Italy and his Ouverture, "Anthem of an Unknown Nation," in Switzerland in 2017.
In December 2017, he toured Italy and finished with a sold-out concert in the auditorium of the Violin Museum in Cremona for Stradivari's anniversary, together with the Virtuosi Italiani. The following years brought Mintz to the United States, China, New Zealand, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, and other major European venues.
The young generation
In his role as patron of Keshet Eilon (Israel) and President of several competitions, Mintz had made a significant contribution to the career of the next generation of talented violinists such as David Garett, Alena Baeva, Francesca Dego, Roman Simovic (concertmaster London Symphony), Laura Marzadori (first female concertmaster at La Scala), Dami Kim, Fedor Rudin, Alma Deutscher, Renaud Capuçon and Sayaka Shoji.
"Shlomo Mintz's interpretation of Sibelius' Concerto was transparent, clear, never shallow or impersonal, tremendously emotional at times and so deeply committed that it lifted everyone to a higher dimension."
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