A concert titled “Shlomo Mintz and Friends” will take place at the Vietnam Academy of Music, located at 77 Hao Nam Street, Hanoi. The concert will feature renowned violinist Shlomo Mintz.

Mintz has been invited to Vietnam by meritorious artist Bui Cong Duy, deputy director of the Vietnam National Academy of Music, and Chuong Vu, artistic director of the Vietnam Connection Music Festival.

Expressing his excitement, Mintz mentioned his eagerness to learn more about Vietnamese culture. He stated, “I have been waiting for this day for a long time and I am very excited. Artists Bui Cong Duy and Chuong Vu warmly welcomed me at the airport.”

During his stay in Hanoi, Mintz will also be conducting a lesson for the students of the Vietnam National Academy of Music at its Grand Concert Hall on September 8th in the evening.

 Violinist Bui Cong Duy welcomes legendary violinist Shlomo Mintz at the airport. Photo: Vietnam.vn

The concert will also showcase the talents of Meritorious Artist Bui Cong Duy, violinist Chuong Vu, the Hanoi Symphony Orchestra, and the Sun Symphony Orchestra conducted by Olivier Ochanine. Part 1 of the repertoire will be conducted by Shlomo Mintz himself.

The program will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic Concerto for 2 and 3 Violins, as well as Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 61, which is considered one of the greatest concertos of all time.

Mintz will be performing on a precious instrument called “Vesuvius” by Antonio Stradivarius.

With his impeccable musicianship, stylistic versatility, and commanding technique, Mintz is regarded as one of the foremost violinists of modern times.

Born in Moscow in 1957, Mintz emigrated to Israel at the age of 2. He began playing the violin at a young age and studied with renowned violinist Ilona Feher from the age of six to sixteen.

At the age of 11, Mintz made his concerto debut with the Israel Philharmonic and at 13, he performed the Paganini Violin Concerto. He played at Carnegie Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16.

Mintz continued his studies at the Juilliard School of Music in New York with Dorothy DeLay, thanks to an American-Israel Cultural Foundation Award under the auspices of Isaac Stern.

In addition to his violin skills, Mintz has also ventured into conducting and has conducted esteemed orchestras around the world since the age of 18.

 Poster of the concert Shlomo Mintz and Friends.

Mintz has served as a jury member for several prestigious international competitions, including the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1993) and the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition in Brussels (1993 and 2001). He also held the position of Jury President at the Henryk Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poznan, Poland, in October 2001.

Currently, Mintz acts as a mentor and serves as the Jury President for the Buenos Aires International Violin Competition in Argentina. He also holds positions as the Jury President and Artistic Director for the Tucuman Festival and National Violin Competition in Argentina. In addition, he is the President of the Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition in Japan and the Ilona Fehér Budapest Violin Competition in Hungary.