KUSATSU International Summer Music Academy & Festival


Message from Faculty 2023【④】

We are delighted to invite the vioinist, Prof. Shlomo Mintz to our festival for the first time!
Click here to watch his warm message to students. ➡➡➡ Prof.Shlomo Mintz


Shlomo Mintz is considered by colleagues, audiences, and critics 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 internationa stage and continues to enchant audiences with his playing.
Awarded with many prestigious international prizes including the Premio Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana, the Diapason D’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, the Gramophone Award, the Edison Award and the Cremona Music Award, in 2006 he received an Honorary Degree from the Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba(Israel) and in 2022 was named Honorary Fellow of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (Israel).
Born in Moscow and immigrated at 2yrs old to Israel, he studied with Ilona Feher who introduced Mintz to Isaac Stern becoming this his mentor. He was also a student of Dorothy DeLay in New York.
Along his career, he has collaborated with such a famous artists like Stern, Rostropovich, Zukerman, Perlman, Mehta, Abbado, Giulini, Muti, Temirkanov, Ida Haendel and Ivry Gitlis, among many others, and played with the best orchestras in the world.
Regularly invited by the most prestigious international competitions, Mintz has served as a jury member of the most prestigious competitions in the world (Tchaikovsky in Moscow, the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and the Henryk Wieniawski in Poland). He was also invited to be jury president of the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Japan, for several years. From 2002 to 2011, he was jury president of the Sion Valais-International Violin Competition, Switzerland and from 2012 to 2018, the Artistic Director of Crans-Montana Classics.


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