As early as age three, Eric Mintel could be found sitting at the piano creating his own melodies. Music, especially classical and jazz, was always part of the Mintel household. In 1982, when his piano teacher was trying to teach Eric the basics, Eric was already playing compositions like Blue Rondo a la Turk, Take Five and other demanding pieces.
Eric graduated from Pennridge High School in Perkasie, PA in 1985. In 1993 he formed the Eric Mintel Quartet. Additionally a composer of orchestral and choral music, Eric performs his composition “Millennium Suite” (for orchestra and jazz quartet) with various symphonies throughout the country incorporating jazz and classical music. The quartets’ choral concerts feature the rarely heard sacred choral music of Duke Ellington performed with various choirs throughout the country combining jazz and choral music.
Eric performed at the White House for President Clinton in 1998. He has been interviewed and featured in DownBeat jazz magazine. In June 2005 Eric was the featured guest on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz on NPR and recently the quartet opened for Dave Brubeck at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA. In November 2005, Eric released a 3-CD boxed set of his jazz on the QVC Television network. In June 2006, the Eric Mintel Quartet was invited to XM Satellite Radio’s World Headquarters in Washington, DC to perform in XM’s Live Performance Theater. The quartet’s one hour show aired to the XM Nation on August 12, 2006 on Real Jazz XM 70.
With more than 10 concerts at the Kennedy Center and Eric’s willingness to bring jazz to different regions, this exciting performer continues to connect and communicate with audiences of all ages throughout the country and the world.