Guy Mintus, 22 years old Israeli born pianist and composer, is a recent recipient of the ‘Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award’ by ASCAP and of two ‘Down Beat Magazine Student Awards’ for Outstanding Jazz Performance and Arrangement. Guy currently resides in New York City, studying at the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship, whilst performing around the city in major venues, such as: Symphony Space, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – Jazz At Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, Times Square Studios, Smoke, Smalls, Zinc Bar, Cafe Vivaldi, Garage, Red Rooster, Ella’s Lounge and others.
As a result of a strong natural curiosity coupled with the privilege to interact and bond with the best of mentors, Guy is deeply invested in a variety of musical traditions. In his own unique style he combines elements from: Stride piano, Bebop, Turkish classical music, Gypsy music, European classical music and Rock while maintaining the ultimate goal of spreading joy and love to audiences through music.
His recent performances include: debut of “Strings Connection” – special duet between piano and Kanun, concert for the “Art Tatum Jazz Society” in Toledo, Ohio, “Pictures at the Exhibition” – piano duet with contemporary pianist, Erika Dohi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a feature on the latest record of the Israeli-Turkish world music artist, Yinon Muallem. Guy has also produced and arranged the project “Yoni Bloch & the Big Band” for the Israeli top rock artist, Yoni Bloch, and has given solo classical piano recitals.
By the age of 9, Guy was recognized as one of 1.5% exceptionally gifted children according to tests of the National Henrietta Szold Institute. At the same age, Guy started his musical journey on a Farfisa keyboard. At 13 years old, Guy started his lifelong fascination to jazz after listening to the album “Thelonious Himself” by Thelonious Monk. In 2009, Guy graduated from the prestigious “Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts,” as well as from the Israeli Conservatory’s Jazz department with honors. In both institutions, Guy was lucky to be closely mentored by the great Israeli Jazz educator, Amit Golan, 1964-2010, who’s passionate uncompromising spirit will forever remain a huge influence. After graduating from high school, Guy has joined the Israeli army in the status of “Outstanding Jazz Musician,” and at the same time, started his academic studies at the collaborative program of the “New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music” and the Israeli Conservatory. There, he won an award for excellence in performance and academics. In 2010, Guy attended the “Buchman Mehta School of Music,” Tel Aviv University, majoring in classical piano performance and composition. In 2012, Guy won the Dean’s award for exceptionally high academic achievements from the “Buchman Mehta School of Music,” Tel Aviv University. At the age of 21, Guy pursued his dream in moving to New York to perform in the city and study at the Manhattan School of Music’s elite jazz program – the MSM Jazz Institute, where he was recognized on the Dean’s list for high academic achievements. At the Manhattan School of Music Guy is a student of McArthur Fellow Vijay Iyer and Tabla Master Samir Chatterjee while in the city, Guy is being mentored by the legendary singer & Stride piano master, Johnny O’Neal.
Throughout his career, Guy has played on important stages and festivals around the world, such as: the Villa Carpegna Jazz Festival, Rome, SAJE International Jazz Conference in Capetown, South Africa, Sommers Point Jazz Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival, Israel Festival, Berklee Performance Center, Boston, Grand Plaza, Toledo, Ohio,The Toledo Club, Cliff Bell’s Detroit, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Zappa Tel Aviv, Shablul Jazz Club, YMCA Music Center, Beit Avichai Center for Jewish Culture, Felicia Blumenthal Music Center and more.
Played with: Ambrose Akinmusire, Sheila Jordan, Frank Wess, Johnny O’Neal, Grammy Award Winner Howard Levy, James Carter, Clifford Murphy, Grammy Winners: ‘Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra’ led by Arturo O’Farrill, Kanun Master Ariel Qassis, Yotam Silberstein, Brianna Thomas, Rafiq Bahtia, Rajna Swaminathan, Patience Higgins, Saul Rubin, Avishai Cohen (trumpet), the Ottomans, Luques Curtis, Ulysses Owens Jr., Kimberly Thompson, Charanne Wade, Kate Davis, Cynthia Soriano, Volkan Incüvez, Santur Master Qui Hagigi, Yinon Muallem, Mor Karabasi, Harel Shachal & Anistar, Karen Malka, Itamar Doari, Yoni Bloch, Tziporela Theater Enssemble, Impro Theater Ensemble, The Eyal Vilner Big Band, The Harbor Big Band, MSM Concert Jazz Band, The Israeli Conservatory’s Big Band, The Thelma Yellin Big Band and more.
Studied With: Turkish Clarinet Master Harel Shachal, Classical Piano Prof. Emanuel Krasovsky, Vijay Iyer, Garry Dial, Johnny O’Neal, Amit Golan, Samir Chaterjee, Amir Fedorovich, Yuval Cohen.
Other Awards: Full tuition scholarship to the “New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music,” two full tuition scholarships to the “Berklee College of Music,” four scholarship awards from the “America -Israel Art Scholarship Foundation”, winner of the “Ran Baron” Jazz Competition of the Israeli Conservatory, winner of the “Young Jazz Ensembles Competition” of the “Red Sea Jazz Festival”.