Jesse Mills

Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres.

Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills enjoys performing music of many genres, from classical to contemporary, as well as composed and improvised music of his own invention.

Since his concerto debut at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Mr. Mills has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has been a soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, the Green Bay Symphony, Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra (in Buenos Aires, Argentina), and the Aspen Music Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra. In June, 2018, he performed as soloist with the Riverside Symphony in Alice Tully Hall with George Rothman conducting, a world premiere of a concerto by Anthony Korf.

Mills is co-founder of the Horszowski Trio and Duo Prism, a violin-piano duo with Rieko Aizawa, which earned 1st Prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy in 2006.

The Horszowski Trio has released several recordings on Bridge and AVIE Records, most recently a set of the complete piano trios of Robert Schumann.  With Ms. Aizawa, Mills became co-artistic director of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival in Colorado in 2010. Mills is also known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. He earned Grammy nominations for his performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s music, released by NAXOS in 2005 and 2010. As a composer and arranger, Mills has been commissioned by venues including Columbia University’s Miller Theater, the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, OR and the Bargemusic in NYC.

Jesse Mills began violin studies at the age of three. He graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School in 2001. He studied with Dorothy DeLay, Robert Mann and Itzhak Perlman. Mr. Mills lives in New York City, and he is on the faculty of Brooklyn College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College and at New York University. He occasionally teaches at the Juillard School as a guest. In 2010 the Third Street Music School Settlement in NYC honored him with its ‘Rising Star Award’ for musical achievement. He is a frequent concertmaster of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.