ICEP 2019 in Cambodia

In December 2019, Midori was joined by violinist Elina Buksha, violist Erika Gray and cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset for the latest instalment of the International Community Engagement Program (ICEP). Read about the participants This season’s ICEP took place in Cambodia, the site of an earlier ICEP 12 years ago.
Midori, Elina, Erica and Noémie met in Phnom Penh to rehearse before starting their two-week program of visits in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang to hospitals, hospices and other medical facilities as well as to schools, support organizations for people with disabilities, with HIV and others who are victims of or at risk of rape, human trafficking and prostitution.
They also participated in cultural exchanges at the University of Fine Arts Department of Music with shared performances and discussions of their respective art forms, outreach activities and more.
The ICEP participants will reunite in June 2020 for the second part of each ICEP season, when they visit institutions in Japan, report on their experiences in the December ICEP country and perform a few public concerts.
For a more detailed account of the 2019 Cambodia ICEP, including links to many of the institutions they visited, please read the blog posted by the participants.

Midori is in Cambodia with ICEP (International Community Engagement Program)

As she has done since 2006, Midori ends her calendar year with the International Community Engagement Program (ICEP) of her Japanese foundation MUSIC SHARING. While Christmas is being celebrated in many western countries at the end of December, the violinist and UN Messenger of Peace forms a quartet with three young musicians – this year Elina Buksha (violin), Erika Gray (viola) and Noémie Raymond-Friset (cello) – to share their music in Cambodia in an exchange with the local culture, especially with marginalized children and young people in disadvantaged areas of the country.
Since 2016, Midori and her young musician colleagues have maintained a MUSIC SHARING ICEP blog in which they relay their impressions. There you will also find biographies of the participating musicians and general information about the program and the foundation.
For videos from previous ICEP visits, please look on MUSIC SHARING’s YouTube channel .


The Brahms Society Schleswig-Holstein announced on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Heide, that it has awarded Midori the Brahms Prize 2020. The award ceremony will take place on 3 May 2020 in St. Bartholomew’s Church in Wesselburen.

In an excerpt from the Brahms Society’s statement:
The Brahms Society honors an outstanding violinist and proven Brahms interpreter, one of the most impressive personalities in the music world. The famous artist is honored for her internationally acclaimed interpretations of the works of Johannes Brahms as well as for her great support of the next generation of artists and special commitment in the spirit of humanity for cultural projects.

Here you can find the Brahms Society’s statement (in German).

Midori appointed to a named faculty chair at The Curtis Institute of Music

Midori has been appointed to one of The Curtis Institute of Music’s named faculty chairs. She now holds the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies, previously held by Aaron Rosand.  Midori joined the faculty in 2018.
You can read the official announcement here.

Midori tours with works by contemporary female composers

Between November 2nd and 8th, Midori and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute present a program consisting solely of works by contemporary female composers Olga Neuwirth, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Vivian Fung, Sofia Gubaidulina, including a world premiere by Tamar Diesendruck. The recitals will take place at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, Le Poisson Rouge in New York and London’s Kings Place.
November 2: Washington, D.C. Library of Congress
November 4: New York Le Poisson Rouge
November 8: London King’s Place
On her Facebook page, Midori speaks about the project in general and about each of the works. Please click on the links to watch and listen to these short videos.
Vivian FungBird Song 
Sofia Gubaidulina: Dancer on a Tightrope
Olga Neuwirth: Quasars / Pulsars
Tamar Diesendruck Unruly Strands – World Premiere
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil-Sayagi
The recital at the New York nightclub Le Poisson Rouge was announced in The New Yorker

Partners in Performance (PiP) recitals on both coasts of the U.S.

On September 20 and 22, Midori and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute performed recitals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Ridgecrest, California as part of Midori’s non-profit organization Partners in Performance.
Since its founding in 2003, Partners in Performance has co-sponsored over three dozen chamber music programs throughout the United States with the goal of stimulating interest in classical music in smaller communities.
This year’s PiP recital repertoire includes works by Brahms, Fauré and Debussy.

Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet to give duo recitals in Europe in Autumn 2019

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On 13 September 2019, Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform their first duo recital in Europe at the Stadthalle Germering, near Munich. The program draws on the music of Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Enescu. The concert in Germering will be followed by a recital at the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Recitals in France and the Netherlands follow in November.
In April of this year, Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet embarked on their first duo tour through the US, with stops in Scottsdale, San Francisco, La Jolla, Chicago and Princeton.
Details of Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s concerts in Europe:
13 September – Germering, Stadthalle
Schumann: Violin Sonata No. 1
Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1
Debussy: Violin Sonata L. 140
Enescu: Violin Sonata No. 3

16 September – Bucharest, Romanian Athenaeum – Enescu Festival
same program as 13 September

17 November – Lyon, Auditorium
same program as 13 September
20 November – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
same program as 13 September

Midori receives Great Immigrant honor from Carnegie Corporation of New York

Midori has been honored as a Great Immigrant by Carnegie Corporation of New York on America’s Independence Day.
Every year since 2006, on the Fourth of July, Carnegie Corporation honors the legacy of its founder, Andrew Carnegie, by recognizing a group of extraordinary men and women – naturalized citizens of the United States – who have made notable contributions to the progress of American society by enriching its communities and culture, strengthening its economy and invigorating its democracy.
Scottish immigrant Andrew Carnegie rose out of poverty to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy. Carnegie believed that the infusion of talent that immigrants bring to America keeps its society vibrant, a view that is borne out by the accomplishments of the nearly 600 individuals honored through the initiative to date.
Midori was one of thirty eight Great Immigrants honored in 2019.
Read about the Great Immigrant Program 

ICEP Vietnam participants follow-up with concerts and visits in Japan

The ICEP participants who visited Vietnam in December 2018 came together again to share their music making, jointly and individually, in Japan in June 2019. This is the second part of the ICEP experience each year.
Midori, Tatjana Roos (violin), Charlotte Malin (viola) and Alan Toda-Ambaras (violoncello) visited schools, hospitals, welfare institutions, nursing homes and other institutions in Tokyo, Obama, Takamatsu, Tokoyama City and Wadayama. There they played sections from string quartets by Mozart, Puccini and Debussy and, individually, visited classrooms, hospital rooms and other spaces to communicate musically with young children and elderly people in various states of health and awareness.
They blogged about their experiences.
The quartet also gave public concerts in Osaka’s Phoenix Hall and Tokyo’s Oji Hall.

Masterclasses, workshops and performances in the summer of 2019

Midori takes part in several festivals and workshops in the summer of 2019:
She performs Dvořák’s Violin Concerto with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra under conductor Mei-Ann Chen at the Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan, USA) and the same concerto at the Domaine Forget International Festival in Québec (Canada) with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec under Yoav Talmi. She also gives master classes at the Domaine Forget Festival.
Midori gives master classes as well at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar (Germany), at Ravinia’s Summer Conservatory, the Ravinia Steans Music Institute (Illinois, USA) and at Krzyżowa Music, a vibrant five-year-old festival in Lower Silesia (Poland). In Weimar, in addition to individual and group lessons, the orchestra studio with the Jenaer Philharmonie and a participant concert at the end of the course, Midori and her students bring music to a hospice in the city.
At the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado, USA), she performs Schumann’s Violin Concerto with the Aspen Chamber Symphony under Erik Nielsen.