Jagdish Mistry was born in Mumbai (India) in 1963, where he received his first violin lessons at age eight. In 1975, he moved to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin School. During his time there, Mistry was frequently invited to perform Bach's Double Concerto and other chamber music pieces with Menuhin in Europe, India and China. One of his instructors was David Takeno, under whom Mistry continued to study at the Guildhall School in London.
Between 1986 and 1992, he was the leader of the Mistry String Quartet with which he toured Europe and Asia and recorded works by Edward Elgar, Arnold Bax and Elizabeth Maconchy for Decca Argo, Chandos, Unicorn, and the BBC. At the same time, he continued his career as a soloist, performing with a number of renowned orchestras such as the Oslo Philharmonic, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Philharmonia Orchestra in London and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Mistry has been a member of the Ensemble Modern since 1994 and has worked closely with some of the outstanding composers of our time. The Ensemble Modern recently released a CD of works by the American composer George Antheil, for which Jagdish Mistry performed the Violin Sonata No. 1 and the short piece Printemps. In 2010 his portrait CD out into was released by Ensemble Modern Medien. He performs regularly as a guest concertmaster with various symphony and chamber orchestras in Great Britain, Spain and Switzerland. Recently, Mistry has returned to his passion for the string quartet by forming the Isenburg Quartet together with colleagues of the Ensemble Modern. Jagdish Mistry plays on a J. B. Vuillaume violin built in Paris in 1853.