Russian-born cellist Misha Quint captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. Described by Harris Goldsmith as a "brilliantly accomplished virtuoso- an embodiment of interpretive and executive music-making at its rarefied best", his repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis, Ezra Laderman, Stepan Lucky, Thomas Fortmann, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony International Music Festivals that take place in Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany and Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy, and the InterHarmony Concert Series at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Quint is featured on the Blue Griffin Label in the September 2014 release of his CD "Tempo Trapezio", and the Spring 2015 release of "Matryoshka Blues".
A graduate of the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and the Leningrad State Conservatory, Misha Quint made his orchestral debut at the age of 13 after winning first prize at the Boccherini Competition in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad). He gained international recognition after capturing top prizes in the 1975 International Competition in Prague and the Russian National Competition. Quint immigrated to the US and made his critically acclaimed New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y and his orchestral debut in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in 1992. He has given numerous solo recitals and master classes in the leading halls of England, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Belorussia, Romania, Italy, and the US. "[Quint] provides a fresh voice...The Russian school of string playing has taken on a different light with Quint" said Daniel Webster of the Philadelphia Inquirer and "a master of probing sentmiment, shaded phrasing, and flawless technique" from MetroWest.
Misha Quint has appeared with such celebrated orchestras as the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, Metropolitan Symphony, the New York Chamber Symphony, National Irish Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony and the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra, Leningrad State Orchestra, Orchestra of Classical and Contemporary Music as well as with the Symphony Orchestras of Latvia and Georgia. He has worked with an equally illustrious group of conductors including Maxim Shostakovich, Paul Lustig Dunkel, Colman Pearce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Camilla Kolchinsky, Yakov Bergman, and Ira Levin.
As a special guest artist Misha Quint was broadcast on a live television performance of the Unaccompanied Bach Suite No.5 in West Chester, NY; "The Jewish Entertainment Hour"; WQXR's "Listening Room", German Televisian, Italian Television; and live recitals on WGBH (Boston), WMNB (NJ), WNYC (NY). Quint captured first prize of the CRS National competition in 2009, and was a featured performer at The Festival of the Musical Citadel in Brasov, Romania in August 2014.
Misha Quint is strongly committed to teaching and is on the faculty of Mannes School of Music Prep in New York. His prestigious InterHarmony International Music Festival boasts an outstanding faculty of established soloists and teachers and inhabit three sessions in 2 locations in Europe; Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy, and Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Germany. He has been on the faculty of the International Institute of Music in Marktoberdorf, Germany, and was the Music Director and Founder of the Soesterberg International Music Festival in Holland from 1998 - 2007, the Intensive Cello Studies Abroad in Blonay, Chalet de lacroix at the Hindemith Foundation in 1997, and Interharmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland in 2000; The Berkshires, Masachusetts from 2007-2008; San Francisco, California in 2009; Hinterzarten, Schwarzwald, Germany from 2008 - 2011; Sulzbach- Rosenberg, Germany from 2005 - present; and Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy from 2012 to present. Quint studied with Emmanuel Fishman, Natalia Gutman, Boris Pergamenshikov, and Daniel Shafran. www.interharmony.com, www.srimf.com
Quint validated his confidence in his own art...a master of probing sentiment, shaded phrasing, and flawless technique. by Jerry Ben Asher, Metro West
The player's virtuosity provided a fresh voice...The Russian School of string playing has taken on a different light with Quint. by Daniel Webster, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Misha Quint, performs with strikingly virtuosic aplomb. Furious runs up and down the fingerboard, doublestops of flawless intonation, harmonic effects, huge vibrato and a compelling grasp of the possibilities of musical form characterizes his interpretations. by Helmut Fisher, Sulzbach-Rosenberg Zeitung