"Meir Minsky is one of the up-and-coming internationally known young conductors." He has been attracting splendid notices in Germany and Italy for some time, among other things for his performances of the original versions of some of Bruckner's symphonies. Critics cite "jenem gewissen Etwas", (that certain something...), and describe him as a "Vollblutmusiker", (a full blooded musician), capable of "masterly interpretations".
In recent years he has conducted several major orchestras including the Munich Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Rome's Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the symphony orchestras of Berlin, Basel, Bern, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra and the radio symphony orchestras of Bavaria, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Cologne, France, Spain, Basel, Brussels, etc., as well as orchestras in New York, Chicago and Houston.
Last month Orquestra Clássica do Porto nominated Mr. Minsky as their Principal Guest Conductor, effective in the 93/94 season. This will include a CD recording contract.
In February, 1992 he conducted the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus performing Liszt's "Christus" oratorium. The headline of the Süddeutsche Zeitung was, "A Rare Performance", and described Mr. Minsky as, "a conductor who exudes a serene, complete mastery, and possesses a convincing and always clear conducting technique."
During the years he has conducted a wide range of repertoire which includes over 300 entries of music, and has specialized in the late romantic, German and Central European, repertoire of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Born in Lodz Poland in 1949, Meir Minsky was a few months old when his family immigrated to Israel. He is a graduate of the "Rubin Academy of Music" in Jerusalem in conducting and composition, and in 1977 was awarded a diploma from the "Accademia di Santa Cecilia" in Rome after graduating from Maestro Franco Ferrara's prestigious "Corso di Perfezionamento". He participated in conducting master classes at the festivals of Siena and Ravello, at "Teatro La Fenice" in Venice and at the "Hochschule fur Musik" in Cologne (opera conducting). Mr. Minsky has won prizes and awards from the Florence international conducting competition, the Accademia di Santa Cecila, the American Israeli Cultural Foundation, the Ravello festival and others.
In 1977 he was one of the founders of the "Sinfonietta de Paris" orchestra, and became its principal conductor. In 1979 he moved to New York and subsequently became Music Director of the "Metropolitan Arts Orchestra" in New York City, a position he held until 1983.
A major turning point in Meir Minsky's career was during the 1983 season when he had his debut in Berlin, and conducted the original (1873) version of Bruckner's Symphony No. 3, a first in Berlin. "A magnificent performance" wrote the critic of the Berliner Morgenpost, "Minsky shaped the symphony with grandeur proving himself a sovereign master of the orchestra at all times." Der Tagesspiegel of Berlin wrote, "The orchestra performed with dedication and intensive contact with its conductor... they gave an interpretation both profound and penetrating ... The audience in Philharmonic Hall thanked Bruckner, Minskv and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra with thunderous ovations."
When Mr. Minsky returned to Berlin, this time to conduct Beethoven's "Eroica", the headlines of the Berliner Morgenpost read "Jubel um Meir Minsky's Kunst", (Ovations to Meir Minsky's Artistry) and the headline of the Der Tagesspiegel called it "Powerful Conducting". The critic went on to say, "Once again it became evident that the performance of the symphony orchestra depends strongly on the quality of its conductor. Under the direction of Meir Minsky, the orchestra achieved a quality seldom heard until now."
In his Chicago debut in the summer of '89, Mr. Minsky "prospered" according to John von Rhein, chief music critic of the Chicago Tribune. "Minsky shaped a lyrically cogent, sensitive account,...notable for its musical integrity. Minskv summoned a solid, expansive sound from the orchestra."
One of the most notable concerts this season was with the Basel Symphony, in a program Mr. Minsky took over on 3 days notice and which received rave reviews. The Nordschweiz Basler Volksbladtt wrote, "...the maestro conducted in sheer joy with very expressive and precise gestures, that brought to mind the young Leonard Bernstein..." And the Basellandschaftliche Zeitung read, "...Meir Minsky, who is obviously a maestro, led the orchestra through the emotional and solemn tuti with expressive and sweeping gestures...He left no bar untouched, and carefully moulded and gave meaning to each note...He had the orchestra totally in his hands."
Mr. Minsky has recorded for "Leonarda" and "Marco Polo" labels. The latest CD is of music by Alexander Tansman. The British magazine, Classic CD, praised the release, "Meir Minsky brings insight and imagination to Tansman's music." And Paul A. Snook in Fanfare, wrote, "All these works make such a forceful and vivid impression because conductor Minsky has the full measure of Tansman and his complex dynamics ... This is one of the label's best releases to date and is a surefire candidate for our 1993 Want List. This reviewer can't remember when a disc gave him such an unalloyed and multitudinous access of auditory please. TRY IT!!"
His CD of music by Joseph Joachim with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony, was received internationally, with excellent reviews. Fono-Kritik of Germany has rated the record as a new release of special interpretive importance, calling the orchestra and the conductor "excellent advocates for Joachim." Richard Freed wrote in Opus magazine, "The playing and conducting are superb - brilliant and committed... Minsky has the orchestra on its toes, and conveys a sense of real enthusiasm for the gorgeous richness of Joachim's scoring." H.G. of Keynote magazine wrote: "Meir Minsky sounds like a real maestro and has the Stuttgart Radio Symphony sounding like a major, world-class ensemble."
Soon to be released is a CD of music by Frederick Jacobi and Charles Skilton of music influenced by American Indian themes.
Photos for PR use
Meir Minsky´s Website