Russian-born cellist Misha Quint, 2009 first prize winner of the CRS National competition, captivates his audiences with his lyricism, passion and dazzling technique. Described by The Philadelphia Inquirer as a "master of probing sentiment", his repertoire ranges from Bach to premieres of the most outstanding composers of today including Sophie Goubadalina, Robert Sirota, Steven Gerber, Nathan Davis, and Alfred Schnitke. Quint is Founder and Music Director of the InterHarmony International Music Festivals and the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Musik Festival in the USA and Europe. As a special guest artist Misha Quint was broadcast on a live television performance of the Unaccompanied Bach Suite No.5, in WQXR's "In the Listening Room" and live recitals on WGBH (Boston), WMNB (NJ), WNYC (NY).
A graduate of the Leningrad Special School for the Gifted and the Leningrad 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 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. He has given numerous solo recitals and master classes in the leading halls of England, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland Russia, Latvia, Georgia, Belorussia, and the US.
Misha Quint has appeared with such celebrated orchestras as the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional do Brasilia, Metropolitan Symphony, the New York Chamber Orchestra, 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 Pierce, Sidney Harth, Ravil Martinov, Camilla Kolchinsky, Yakov Bergman, and most recently Ira Levin in Brasilia.
Misha Quint is strongly committed to teaching and is on the faculty of Mannes School of Music in New York. His prestigious InterHarmony music festivals boast an outstanding faculty of established soloists and teachers and inhabit two locations in Germany; Birklehof, Schwarzwald, and Sulzbach-Rosenberg. 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, the International Cello Festivalin Blonay and Interharmony Music Festival in Geneva, Switzerland.