Roman Mints Violine

Roman Mints is responsible for the A&R on the Quartz Music label. Roman Mints began playing the violin at the age of five; he studied at the Royal College of Music in London and also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama winning prestigious awards at both.

Roman Mints has given Russian premieres of works by Desyatnikov, Golijov, Tavener, MacMillan, Scelci and Mozetich and has also given world premieres of over fifty works by Tabakova, Desyatnikov, Bennett, Finissy, Irvine, Langer, Vassiliev, Burrell, Miyachi, Dudell and others.

In 1998 Roman Mints and oboist Dmitry Bulgakov founded Homecoming Chamber Music Festival in Moscow which has gained a wide recognition and following in Russia. The core of Homecoming concert programs are theme selection of works with one powerful underlying, not necessarily musical, idea behind them. Since the inception of the festival Roman has authored more than forty such programs. April 2002 Roman co-directed the Suppressed Music project in Russia, which comprised two concerts and a conference on composers whose music, had been suppressed. A book and CD was released as a result of this project by Klassika XXI Publishing House.

Roman has recorded for ECM, Black Box, Quartz and other labels, his albums feature a number of world premiere recordings.

Roman has collaborated with conductors Andrew Davis, Saulius Sondeckis, Vladimir Ziva, Vladimir Ponkin; violinists Gidon Kremer, Alina Ibragimova, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexander Sitkovetsky; flautist Sharon Bezaly, oboists Dmitri Bulgakov and Nicholas Daniel; pianists Katya Apekisheva, Alexander Kobrin, Charles Owen, Jose Gallardo, Vadym Kholodenko; cellists Boris Andrianov, Alexander Buzlov and Tatiana Vassilieva; violists Maxim Rysanov and Nils Mönkemeyer; singers Gwyneth Ann Jeffers, William Purefoy, Anna Dennis and others.

Roman has performed with such prominent groups as London Mozart Players, London Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Musica Viva Orchestra, Russian Philharmonia, Kremerata Baltica, Prague Soloists and Prague Sinfonia among others. In Summer 2008, after an invitation from Gidon Kremer, Roman led Grammy-winning Kremerata Baltica Orchestra for performances in Sigulda and Lockenhaus festivals.

Outside classical field Roman has worked with free-improvising saxophonist Paul Dunmall, Brian Irvine Ensemble, Pokrovsky Ensemble, Russian IDM group EU. He has also participated in a few theatre productions including Langer’s Ariadne at and Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. He has worked with theatre directors Vasily Barkhatov and Tim Hopkins, choreographers Alla Sigalova and Oleg Glushkov, film director Alexander Zeldovich. His recording of Mozetich violin concerto “Affairs of the Heart” was used in productions of Hong Kong Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Q Dance company.

Roman’s latest cd of solo works for violin by Ysaye, Schnittke, Piazzolla and Silvestrov uses innovative recording and editing approach to interpreting these works and will be released in 2014. The album also includes a world premiere recording of Spinning a Yarn for violin and kolesnaya lira (Russian hurdy-gurdy)by Dobrinka Tabakova. Roman recorded both parts using multi-tracking.