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SHLOMO MINTZ, ViolinistSHLOMO MINTZ, VIOLIN LEGEND
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS ON STAGE!

GREAT SOLOISTS SERIES I

Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 8:00pm
REGENT THEATRE (Oshawa)
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TORONTO PERFORMANCE:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:00pm
KOERNER HALL, Telus Centre for Performance and Learning (Toronto)
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SHLOMO MINTZ, VIOLIN LEGEND

"The most ravishingly beautiful playing we mortals can hope to hear" (Milwaukee Sentinel)

One of the greatest violinists of our time, Shlomo Mintz celebrates "50 Years On Stage" with the OP
• A smashing start to the concert season as fans will have the chance to experience the mastery of this legendary artist in his long-awaited return.


 

Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY
(1840 - 1893)
Violin Concerto in D major, op.35, Soloist: Shlomo Mintz
  1. Allegro moderato (18'30)
  2. Canzonetta: Andante (7'00)
  3. Finale: Allegro vivacissimo (9'30)
Intermission
Piotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No.5 in E minor, op.64
  1. Andante — Allegro con anima (15'30)
  2. Andante cantabile, con alcuna licenza - Moderato con anima - Andante mosso - Allegro non troppo - Tempo I (14'00)
  3. Valse: Allegro moderato (6'30)
  4. Finale: Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace - Molto vivace - Moderato assai e molto maestoso - Presto (12'00)

SHLOMO MINTZ, VIOLIN LEGEND

SHLOMO MINTZ, Violinist
Biography

Artist website: www.shlomo-mintz.com

One of the greatest violinists of our time, Shlomo Mintz is lauded by critics, colleagues and audiences for his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique alike.

Mr. Mintz regularly appears with the most celebrated orchestras and conductors on the international scene and is heard in recitals and chamber music concerts all around the world. He also frequently performs as a violist with leading chamber ensembles as well as in recitals.

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. Since 2004 he has been recording for AVIE Records, London.

He has recorded the greater part of the important violin repertoire mostly for Deutsche Grammophon. His first CD recorded for this label, comprising the Mendelssohn and Bruch concertos with the Chicago Symphony under Claudio Abbado, won the Diapason d'Or in 1981. In the late 1990s due to the high demand of the public, Deutsche Grammophon began to re-release the complete collection of Mintz's popular recordings, many of which have garnered high critical praise, as with Paganini's 24 Caprices: "A scintillating combination of edge-of-the-seat spontaneity and technical wizardry, Shlomo Mintz's 1981 traversal still reigns supreme. The way he throws himself into the paralyzing descending and ascending thirds of No. 1 with a devil-may-care nonchalance still inspires ….while the velocity and miraculous left-hand co-ordination of No. 5 becomes increasingly more astonishing each time I hear it." (Julian Haylock, BBC Music Magazine 2009)

Born in Moscow in 1957, Shlomo Mintz emigrated with his family two years later to Israel, where he studied with the renowned Ilona Feher. 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 and Zagreb Philharmonic (2008-2010).

Shlomo Mintz has been a patron and one of the founders of the Keshet Eilon International Violin Mastercourse in Israel until 2011, 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 since 2002 he has been President of the Jury of the Sion Valais International Violin Competition in Switzerland. He also presides over the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Nagoya (Japan) since 2007 and the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition and Festival since July 2010.