Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 31 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children.
In 1992 she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to thousands of underserved children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach extends beyond these organizations to her work with young violinists in master classes all over the world, and to her Orchestra Residencies Program in the U.S.
Midori plays up to 100 concerts a year, dividing her time between recitals, chamber music and concerto performances worldwide. She has an extensive catalogue of recordings, and in recent years has devoted a great deal of energy and resources to commissioning and performing new music. In the 2013-2014 season she will be featured on two new recordings: the first is a collaboration with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a rare recording of the Hindemith violin concerto; the second, a recital program with pianist Özgür Aydin in works by Shostakovich, Janácek, and Bloch. Other season highlights include her first performances in Iceland, India and Africa; the UK premiere at the BBC Proms of Peter Eötvös' new violin concerto DoReMi, with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen; and multiple engagements with major orchestras throughout Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Midori will do four recital tours with Mr. Aydin, conduct community engagement programs in four different countries and five different communities within the U.S., and continue her leadership role at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music as Chair of the Strings Department.