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.

Midori – Concerts with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra (March 2019)

On 19 and 20 March, Midori will be guest at the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Julia Jones, she will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto.

Overview over the concert:
19, 20 March, 20.00 – Dortmund, Konzerthaus
Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, Julia Jones
Brahms: Violin Concerto

 

Midori on tour with the Munich Chamber Orchestra (March 2019)

From 10 March, violinist Midori will go on a tour together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and its concert master Daniel Giglberger. They will be guest in Erlangen and Regensburg in Bavaria / Germany as well as in Olten in Switzerland and in Budapest, and will perform the following program:

Bach – Violin concerto e major BWV 1042

Bach – Violin concerto d minor BWV 1052R

The concert dates are the following:

10 March Regensburg – Audimax

11 March Erlangen – Heinrich-Lades-Halle

13 March Budapest – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall

15 March Olten – Stadttheater

Midori at the Komische Oper Berlin (February 2019)

On Friday, 22 February, Midori will be guest at the Komischen Oper Berlin. Togehter with the Orchestra of the Komischen Oper Berlin, conducted by Hermann Bäumer, she will perform Schumann’s Violinkonzert.

The concert in detail:

22 February, 20h – Berlin, Komische Oper
Orchestra of the Komischen Oper Berlin, Hermann Bäumer
Schumann: Violin Concerto

You can find further informtion here.

Midori in Rome at the U.N. (February 2019)

On 14 February, Midori attends the 42nd annual Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) of the U.N. During the Governing Council’s opening ceremony, Pope Francis addresses heads-of-state, government ministers, and policy and development leaders. Midori performs for an audience of dignitaries including the Pope and speaks about her field visit to an IFAD-funded project in Viet Nam last December with her non-profit Music Sharing. Other special events, panels and interactive sessions include guests like 15-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg or Rwandan choreographer Sherrie Silver. The complete Governing Council is webcast. Here you can also read a webstory about Midori’s visit in Viet Nam, including a video.

 

Midori travels to Vietnam with her Music Sharing foundation (December 2018)

Violinist and UN Messenger of Peace Midori travels with MUSIC SHARING’s International Community Engagement Program (ICEP) through Vietnam. As every year in the second half of December, ICEP as a non-political foundation brings Western classical music into regions in Asia with limited exposure to it. From December 18-27, ICEP’s touring string quartet performs and interacts with Vietnamese residents. They will visit schools and music schools, orphanages, hospitals, communities and schools for people and children with special needs such as for patients with Hansen’s Disease, as well as the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union in and around Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. A visit of the touring musicians to Tuyên Quang Province is being coordinated by the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), with field visits and programs in the IFAD projects.

MUSIC SHARING, which was founded by Midori in 1992, focuses on bringing live music to people who are living under special and marginalized circumstances such as resulting from natural disasters, medical conditions, geographical limitations, and economic positions. ICEP, in particular, coordinates and organizes musical presentations into regions in Asia with limited exposure to it.

The touring string quartet, with Midori, this season includes Tatjana Roos (violin), Charlotte Malin (viola) und Alan Toda-Ambaras (violoncello). The young musicians were selected through a rigorous audition process and will travel in June 2019 to Japan for follow-up concerts.

Here you’ll find more information on Music Sharing and ICEP and here about the Touring Party Personnel.
Midori and her team are chronicling their activities in Vietnam on the Music Sharing Blog, which also includes entries from the last travels to India in 2017 and Nepal in 2016. On MUSIC SHARING’s YouTube channel you can also find videos of those last two ICEP tours.

For further information on Midori’s commitment as a UN Messenger of Peace, you can find

  • here a video of her visit to Mexico in October 2017, where she played music for the victims of the earthquake in Morelos in September 2017, advocated for the UN’s Sustainable Developmental Goals and gave a master class in Mexico City which she combined with a public interview,
  • and here a short video statement of Midori for International Day of Peace 2016.

 

This year’s ICEP tour is, in part, organized in collaboration with IFAD, the office of the Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Aichi – in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Vietnamese-Japanese Diplomatic Relations –, and the Sasakawa Memorial Health Foundation.

Special thanks go to the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). MUSIC SHARING values the IFAD’s commitment to invest in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, to improve the nutrition of their families and to increase their incomes.

MUSIC SHARING is a non-political entity and operates solely on generous support provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations. For ICEP Vietnam, these include:  Kikkoman Corporation, Mitsui Oil Exploration Co., Ltd., Kao Corporation, Saigon Tourist, Hermes Gift Ltd., The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund.

Midori on DVD “Bernstein at 100” (November 2018)

On 23 November, the Label C-Major Entertainment released the live recording of  Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday celebration at Tanglewood Festival on DVD: Bernstein at 100 – The Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood. Midori, who already as a 14 year old had performed under the baton of Bernstein at Tanglewood, performed at this gala the first movement “Phaedrus; Pausanias” from his Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, together with the  Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach. Other performers at the gala include Andris Nelsons, Michael Tilson Thomas, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, Yo-Yo Ma, Thomas Hampson and many more. The Boston Symphony was joined by members of the New York, Vienna and Israel philharmonics, the Pacific Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival.

The DVD is available on C-Major, Amazon, jpc and Presto Classical and the production will also broadcast in Europe at 3Sat, in Japan at NHK and in the US at PBS.