Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies

Violin, Career Studies


Since her illustrious debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, violinist Midori has forged a distinguished career in classical music.

Her recent global engagements include tours through Europe with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Japan with the Estonian Festival Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, and a tour of Asia with Festival Strings Lucerne in the 2019–20 season. Also in 2019–20 she undertakes a worldwide recital tour with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and makes guest appearances with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Kammerakademie Potsdam in Berlin, Orchestra del Teatro Massimo, and NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester.

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 otherwise may not be involved with the arts. Midori’s commitment to collaboration and community engagement is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.