Shlomo Mintz is the recipient of several prestigious music prizes including the Premio Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award and the Edison Award.
Born in Moscow in 1957, he emigrated with his family two years later to Israel, where he studied with the renowned Ilona Feher. Mrs. Feher introduced Shlomo Mintz to Isaac Stern who became his mentor. At age eleven, he made his concerto debut with the Israel Philharmonic. He made his Carnegie Hall debut at age sixteen in a concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and subsequently began his studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music.
At age eighteen, Shlomo Mintz added the role of conductor to his artistic endeavours; since then he has conducted acclaimed orchestras worldwide, and became Music Advisor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Maastricht Symphony.
In the 2007-2008 season, in celebration of his 50th birthday, Shomo Mintz went on a worldwide tour (which included Carnegie Hall), playing Paganini’s complete Caprices. Shlomo Mintz was appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, starting in 2008-2009.
Shlomo Mintz is patron and one of the founders of the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel, and gives master classes worldwide.
He has been a jury member of several important international competitions including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels. He was President of the Jury of the International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland, and
is since 2002 President of the Jury of the Sion Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland.
Shlomo Mintz recorded the greater part of the important violin repertoire for labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Erato, RCA Victor. Since 2004, he is recording for Avie Records, London. In the late nineties, due to high demand, Deutsche Grammophon re-released the complete collection of Mr. Mintz’s recordings.