Violin (beginning in 2018–19 school year)
Since her illustrious debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, violinist Midori has forged a distinguished career in classical music.
Midori’s extensive discography includes 19 albums, most recently her recording of Bach’s Violin Sonatas and Partitas, as well as The Art of Midori, a 10-CD compendium. Midori’s library also includes the violin concerto DoReMi, written for her by Peter Eötvös. A recording featuring Midori’s performance of Paul Hindemith’s Violin Concerto received a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.
Among many honors Midori has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.
In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York City that brings music education programs to underserved schoolchildren. 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. Midori’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.
Midori joins the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2018.