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 the age of 11, he made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the age of 16, he made his debut in Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the patronage of Isaac Stern. Since then he regularly appears 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 and was at the same time 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 2017/2018 season Shlomo Mintz celebrates his 60th birthday anniversary performing major Violin Concertos with worldwide tours and various orchestras. He premiered his own 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 2018 year will bring Mintz to the United States, China, New Zealand, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland and other major venues in Europe.
“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.”