Shlomo Mintz has dedicated all of his life to music. Regarded as one of the foremost violinists of our time, esteemed for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike.He started to play violin at the age of 3, made his concerto debut at age 11. When he was 16, he performed at the Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony orchestra.Being an American-Israel Cultural Foundation award recipient, under the auspices of Isaac Stern, and began his studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
Mintz toured throughout Europe with famous conductors, such as Carlo-Maria Giulini, Antal Dorati and Eugene Ormandi, and then signed a major contract with the Deutsche Grammophone. Regularly appearing with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international scene, he is also frequently heard in recitals and chamber music performances. Shlomo Mintz has been the winner of many prizes, including the Grand Prix du Disque three times, as well as the Edison and Gramophone Award.
Mintz is the Artistic Director of Crans Montana Classics, president of the Jury of the International Violin Competition Buenos Airesand the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition. Mintz has been a president or member of many international competition juries such as the International Henryk Wieniawski Competition, the Sion Valais-International Violin Competitionthe Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition. Shlomo Mintz is one of the founders of the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel. Besides Artistic Director of Crans Montana Classics and International Music Festival Sion Valais, his relevant positions include: Principal guest conductor of Zagreb Philharmonic; Arena di Verona; Artistic Advisor and Principal Guest Conductor of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra; Music Advisor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.