guy mintus

Logan Skelton Fellow


Israeli born-New York based pianist, composer and educator Guy Mintus is a "brilliant musician, who melds a multicultural vision with the passion and fury of the jazz greats” (Tom Henry, Toledo Blade). While being deeply rooted in the Jazz and classical traditions, Guy is as avid scholar of mediterranean cultures often traveling to perform and study with masters of the various musical traditions. With this combined knowledge he creates a true and organic synthesis between the musical cultures in performances that “keep the entire hall listening with held breath” (Barka Fabianova, Full Moon Zine Magazine).  His passionate melodious compositions combine influences from Stride Piano to Ottoman Makams, Indian rhythms to Bach-styled counterpoint, Spanish Flamenco to Jewish melodies all weaved together in his own signature style. "Guy is mad scientist” stated Grammy winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, “none does it like him".  At 25, Guy has won the 2nd place prize plus the Audience’s Choice Award at the Montreux Jazz Festival’s solo piano competition. In addition, he received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, the Imani Chamber Winds Festival, Xelana Duo and the Schwarz Foundation as well as ASCAP’s “Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award” twice. Guy has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Grammy winning artists such as Jon Hendricks, Jimmy Cobb, Arturo O'Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra as well as participate in multi-disciplinary work with iconic figures such as Dr. Cornel West, Flamenco dancer Pastora Galvan or the Tziporela Theater Ensemle to name a few. Venues performed include Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center on International Jazz Day, the ancient Amphi Theater of Pythagoreo and more.  A passionate educator, Guy has taught master classes in countless institutions including the Royal Conservatory of Madrid, University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, Bern's Rudolf Steiner School, Thelma Yellin High School of Arts among others.