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.

Midori to participate in the Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies at Juilliard

Midori will give a master class as part of the 10th biennial Starling-DeLay Symposium for Violin Studies, which takes place at Juilliard between May 28th and June 1st.
In addition to master classes, the symposium includes recitals, pedagogy sessions and opportunities for participants to observe and explore how to nurture and develop exceptional student artists.
The Starling-DeLay Symposium, hosted by Juilliard,  is dedicated to the art of violin teaching and performance. It is part of the Starling-DeLay Institute of Violin Studies, made possible by the support of the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation. The Symposium also continues the legacy of Dorothy DeLay, a member of the Juilliard violin faculty from 1948 until 2002, whose students included Itzhak Perlman, Cho-Liang Lin, Midori, Sarah Chang, Gil Shaham, Shlomo Mintz, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and Brian Lewis, who serves as the symposium’s artistic director.
Tickets to the master classes are $32 and are available by request only at [email protected]  

Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet team up for their first tour

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Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet will tour in April for the first time with a recital program of sonatas by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy and Enescu.
The tour includes dates in  Scottsdale, Arizona, San Francisco and La Jolla, California, Chicago, Illinois and Princeton, New Jersey. The La Jolla concert will take place at the newly-opened Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center.

Midori performs for Pope Francis and other world leaders in Rome and urges them to believe in the power of women and girls in remote rural communities

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Midori performed the Preludio from Bach’s Partita No. 3  in E Major for solo violin at the Annual Meeting of IFAD, the United Nation’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, and made a speech in which she called on Pope Francis and other world leaders in attendance to believe in the transformative power of women and girls in underserved remote communities.
Recounting her recent visit to rural villages in Tuyen Quang province, Viet Nam (video and article), where an IFAD-supported project has been working to improve rural women’s access to training and finance, UN Messenger of Peace Midori said, “What I saw was the power of equality, responsibility, and hope. And the difference people can make when they feel in control.” Midori was in Viet Nam in December 2018 with her International Community Engagement Program.
Midori noted that by having access to rural finance, the women she met said they felt a strong sense of responsibility to participate in building local economies as well as to bring about positive changes in their communities.
In Tuyen Quang province, IFAD has supported women’s participation in farming groups and has increased their access to financial services, markets and private agribusiness investors. As a result, the number of rural households suffering from food shortages has been reduced by 25 per cent.
“By talking with the women, I learned that development isn’t just about financial gain; it’s about seeing a future. The women I met weren’t just thinking about today, they were using their money to educate their children and invest in tomorrow,” Midori told the audience.
“It is a very powerful way to address inequality. When I spoke to the girls in the villages, they told me their mothers and aunts were their inspiration; their role models,” she added.
IFAD development experts have found that when gender inequality is addressed and the underlying barriers for women and girls are removed, it is possible to unlock the potential for all people—men, women, boys, and girls—to be equally valued and to lead productive lives.