30 October 2017 by Mintz Office
Approaching Fifty Years On the Stage
Violinist, Conductor and Composer Shlomo Mintz celebrated his 60th Birthday on Monday, 30th October 2017. Throughout an almost fifty-year career, critics, colleagues and audiences have regarded Shlomo Mintz as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique. He has long been acclaimed as a celebrated guest artist with many of the great orchestras and conductors on the international stage and continues to enchant audiences with his playing.
Born in Moscow in 1957, Mintz and his family immigrated to Israel when he was two years old. In Tel Aviv he studied violin with the noted Hungarian violinist Ilona Feher. He made his concert debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of only 11 years. His Carnegie Hall debut took place with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, under the patronage of Isaac Stern when Mintz was just 16 years old. He began his studies thereafter with Dorothy DeLay at the Julliard School of Music in New York. At the age of twenty, Mintz undertook his first major European tour in partnership with great conductors, including Eugene Ormandy, Antal Dorati and Carlo Maria Giulini, prior to signing an exclusive contract with the Deutsche Grammophon label.
The Critically Acclaimed Recordings
To celebrate Shlomo Mintz’s 60th Birthday, Deutsche Grammophon have re-released his recordings as a 13 CD Edition. These include the legendary recordings of the Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Sibelius, Lalo and Vieuxtemps violin concertos with great orchestras and conductors such as Claudio Abbado and Zubin Mehta.
To Play Beautiful Music
Shlomo Mintz commented: “I am totally committed to presenting beautiful music to a global audience. I would like to thank and acknowledge the support from the public and my fans that I have received so far and I sincerely hope that we can all learn from the past and continue to enrich people’s lives to provide a peaceful haven through the magic of beautiful music”.
Composer and Educator
In recent times Mintz has added composing to his talents as violinist and conductor, with compositions for orchestra and chamber ensembles. His “Anthem To An Unkown Nation” was premiered in June 2017 at the Vigadó Grand Hall, Budapest. The work was repeated in August with the Cameristi della Scala at the Crans-Montana Festival, Switzerland, where he presides over Crans-Montana Classics. Mintz is active as a teacher of talented young musicians and gives many masterclasses, he stated “I am eager to help the younger generations carry the flag of classical and other forms of music into the future. I feel blessed to be involved in this process of passing on the musical legacy around the world with students and audiences everywhere”.