Midori with ICEP in Cambodia (December 2019)

For 15 years now – one could almost call it a tradition –, Midori ends her year with MUSIC SHARING’s International Community Engagement Program (ICEP). During Christmas celebrations at the end of December, the violinist and UN messenger of peace forms and joins a string quartet together with this year’s three young musicians Elina Buksha (violin), Erika Gray (viola) and Noémie Raymond-Friset (cello) to present music to, above all, children and youth in rural and otherwise underserved areas in Cambodia, while encouraging audiences and musicians to connect with each other through the arts.

Since 2016, Midori and those young musicians travelling with her, share their impressions in a diary on the MUSIC SHARING ICEP Blog. The biographies of the various teams throughout the years can still be found there too as well as general information on the program and organization. On MUSIC SHARING‘s YouTube channel you can also find videos of the previous visits to India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanman, amongst others.

Midori receives Brahms Prize 2020 (November 2019)

The Brahms Society Schleswig-Holstein announced on Thursday, November 21, 2019 in Heide, that it will award Midori the Brahms Prize 2020. The award ceremony will take place on 3 May 2020 in St. Bartholomew’s Church in Wesselburen.

Excerpt from Brahms Society’s statement:
The Brahms Society honors an outstanding violinist and proven Brahms interpreter, one of the most impressive personalities in the music world. The famous artist is honored for her worldwide acclaimed interpretations of the works of Johannes Brahms as well as for her great support of the next generation of artists and the special commitment in the spirit of humanity for cultural projects.

Here you can find the complete Brahms Society’s statement (in German).

New chair for Midori (October 2019)

Violinist and UN messenger of peace Midori has been appointed to the Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

“We are pleased to recognize this outstanding artist and dedicated teacher in this way,” said Curtis president and CEO Roberto Díaz. “The prestigious named chairs at Curtis honor the school’s significant legacy while demonstrating our continued commitment as leaders and innovators in training excellence in violin studies.”

The Dorothy Richard Starling Chair in Violin Studies was previously held by Aaron Rosand until his retirement in May 2019. Midori joined the faculty in 2018. In the 2019–20 school year, the Curtis Institute of Music celebrates its 95 years of existence.

You can read the official announcement here.

Midori presenting works of living female composers (October 2019)

From 2 to 8 November, Midori will present a program consisting only of works by living female composers. Together with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute she will perform at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in Le Poisson Rouge in New York and in London’s Kings Place. The program includes works by Olga Neuwirth, Franghiz Ali-Zadeh, Vivian Fung, Sofia Gubaidulina and a world premier by Tamar Diesendruck.

Here you can find the announcement of the concert in New York by the magazine The New Yorker .

On her facebook channel, Midori talks about the project in general as well as about the pieces of the program.

About the project in general:

Midori's own words on her upcoming project

Midori talks about how the upcoming project of presenting pieces written by female living composers came along. Five composers' works will be featured in her recitals on November 2nd (Washington, D.C.), 4th (New York) and 8th (London).

Posted by Midori on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

 

About Vivian Fung’s Birdsong:

Birdsong by Vivian Fung

Midori talks about Vivian Fung's "Birdsong" which will be featured in her upcoming concerts in Washington D.C., New York and London next month.

Posted by Midori on Wednesday, October 23, 2019

 

About Sofia Gubaidulina’s Dancer on a Tightrope:

Midori: "Dancer on a Tightrope" by Sofia Gubaidulina

Check out this video of Midori introducing Sofia Gubaidulina's "Dancer on a Tightrope," one of the pieces to be fetured in her upcoming recitals in Washington, D.C., New York and London. The recitals present works composed by five living female composers. Guibaidulina's "Dancer on a Tightrope" was comissioned by the Library of Congress in 1993.

Posted by Midori on Saturday, October 26, 2019

 

About Olga Neuwirth’s Quasare / Pulsare:

Midori: Olga Neuwirth "Quasare/Pulsare"

In this video, Midori talks about Olga Neuwirth's "Quasare/Pulsare," one of the contemporary works featured in her upcoming recitals– how daunting it was to enounter unknown symbols on the score, and how creative and imaginative the composer utlizes the violin and the bow in the piece.

Posted by Midori on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

 

About Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Habil Sayagi:

Midori: Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's "Habil Sayagi"

Check out this video in which Midori introduces Azerbaijani composer Franghiz Ali-Zadeh's "Habil Sayagi." Midori says, "Music has such incredible possibilities of exploring what ears can catch and stretches the listening capacity. When we hear and listen, it opens our minds, too.""Habil Sayagi" and four other works all by living women composers will be featured in her upcoming concerts in Washington D.C., New York and London.

Posted by Midori on Friday, November 1, 2019

 

About Tamar Diesendruck‘s Unruly Strands – the work commissioned by the Library of Congress’s:

Midori: Tamar Diesendruck's "Unruly Strands"

Today at the Coolidge Auditorium of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Midori and pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute will present five works by living women composers, including Tamar Diesendruck's "Unruly Strands" commissioned by the Library of Congress.

Posted by Midori on Saturday, November 2, 2019

 

Overview on the concerts:

2 November – Washington, D.C., Library of Congress
Vivian Fung: Birdsong
Sofia Gubaidulina: Dancer on a Tightrope
Olga Neuwirth: Quasare / Pulsare

Tamar Diesendruck: Unruly Strands – Uraufführung
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh: Habil-Sayagi
Ieva Jokubaviciute – Piano

4 November – New York, Le Poisson Rouge
see 2 November

8 November – London, Kings Place
see 2 November

Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet for Duo Concerts in Europe (September 2019)

On 13 September 2019, violinist 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. In November, two recitals in France and the Netherlands will follow.

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.

Overview on 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
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – Piano

16 September – Bucharest, Romanian Athenaeum – Enescu Festival
cf. 13 September

17 November – Lyon, Auditorium
cf. 13 September

20 November – Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg
cf. 13 September

 

Midori – Begin of the New Academic Year 2019-20 at the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia (September 2019)

After a summer with master classes and performances at festivals and summer schools at Interlochen Center for the Arts (Michigan, USA), Domaine Forget International Festival (Québec, Canada), Ravinia’s Summer Conservatory at Ravinia Steans Music Institute (Illinois, USA), Krzyżowa Music, Aspen Music Festival (Colorado, USA) and at the Weimar Master Classes in Germany, Midori’s new academic year 2019-20 in Philadelphia is about to start. It is her second academic year at the city’s Curtis Institute of Music where she joined the Violin Faculty last year, entering a storied violin lineage and robust community engagement program.

Midori at the 60th Weimar Master Classes (July 2019)

Also in this year, Midori will be back at the Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT Weimar to teach at the Weimar Master Classes. From Saturday, 20 July on, international students will have the opportunity to receive lessons from Midori. In addition to individual and group lessons, the orchestra studio with the Jenaer Philharmonie as well as a participant concert at the end of the course, Midori will bring music together with her students to a social institution in the city.

Further master classes will follow in August in Domaine Forget (Canada) and Krzyzowa (Poland).

Midori receives Great Immigrant honour from the Carnegie Corporation of New York (July 2019)

Midori has been named as one of the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s Great Immigrants for 2019. Every Fourth of July, the Corporation salutes 38 naturalised citizens who strengthen the United States’ economy, culture and communities.

The Corporation’s founder, Andrew Carnegie, was himself a naturalised citizen. He was born in Scotland and rose out of poverty to become one of the greatest contributors to American industry and philanthropy. He was a staunch advocate for immigration and the Great Immigrant initiative was founded in 2006 to honour his legacy. To date it has honoured nearly 600 individuals.