With the beginning of the fall semester in early September 2018, Midori joined the Violin Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Announcing her appointment, Curtis President Roberto Diaz said, “A soloist renowned worldwide who pairs her international performing schedule with a commitment to community collaboration and outreach, she embodies the artist-citizen idea that we want to instill in our students. Curtis enjoys a long tradition of distinguished and active performers serving on the faculty and Midori’s work to bring music to underserved communities fits so well with our thriving community engagement program at Curtis. I’m sure that all our students – not just violinists – will have an opportunity to benefit from her presence here.”
During the 2017–18 academic year, Midori visited Curtis a number of times to give masterclasses, attend student-centered activities and work with students participating in the school’s community engagement programs and Artist-Citizen courses.
Midori previously spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she was a distinguished professor, a department chair for eight years and holder of the esteemed Jascha Heifetz Chair. She will continue her involvement at USC in a visiting artist role.
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.