Shlomo Mintz, violin
Shlomo Mintz BiographyCritics, 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 and 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 is a celebrated guest with orchestras and conductors on the international music scene, and has appeared with historical musicians like Sergiu Celibidache, Pablo Casals, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Mistislav Rosptropovich and Carlo Maria Giulini. In the 2012/2013 Season, he celebrated his 50th anniversary with the National Orchestra of France in a special concert at the Champs Elysées Theatre as a conductor and a soloist.
A regular President of Jury (Wieniawski / Sion / Munetsugu violin competitions) and Artistic Director of many International Music Festivals, he is currently sought after Master Classes all over the world. Mintz is also a co-founder of Violins of Hope, a project that aims to promote peace through music.
He has won several prestigious prizes including the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.
IIMF’s Outstanding Guest Artist Series is proud to announce the participation of Israeli virtuoso Shlomo Mintz in 2017’s first session in Acqui Terme, Italy. On July 9th, 2017, Mintz will join Guest Artist Bruno Canino (piano) and festival founder Misha Quint (cello) for concert of chamber music. The program includes Rachmaninoff’s heart-breaking Trio élégiaque, Kodály’s epic Duo for Violin and Cello, and Tchaikovsky’s tragic Piano Trio.
Shlomo Mintz is one of the world’s truly great violinists. A student of Ilona Feher, he made his orchestral debut in Israel at the age of 11 and, under the patronage of his mentor, Isaac Stern, had his debut in Carnegie Hall five years later. Since then he has become an internationally sought after performer, collaborating with such giants as Pablo Casals, Eugene Ormandy, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel and Mistislav Rosptropovich. His many prizes include the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award. He regularly judges the Wieniawski, Sion and Munetsugu violin competitions and is the co-founder of Violins of Hope, a project that aims to promote peace through music.