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.

Midori and Özgür Aydin on Duo Tour in Germany, The Netherlands and Slowenia (November 2018)

From 22 to 27 November, Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin will play duo concerts in Eindhoven, Backnang, Steinfurt, Kempten and Ljuljana. The tour will feature works by Bach, Franck, Schubert and Respighi:

22. November Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw
Bach: Sonata in G major for violin and basso continuo BWV 1021
Franck: Sonate in A major for piano and violin
Schubert: Sonata (Sonatina) in g minor for violin and piano D408
Respighi: Sonata for violin and piano
Özgür Aydin – Klavier

23. November Backnang, Bürgerhaus
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24. November Steinfurt, Bagno Konzertgalerie
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 26. November Kempten, Stadttheater
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27. November Llubljana
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Midori takes her Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP) to Slovakia (November 2018)

From 15 to 18 November, Midori will bring her Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP) to Slovakia to work with the Slovak Youth Orchestra and the Orchestra of a Music School for Children in Bratislava. During this time, she will not only teach the young musicians in different formats, such as master classes, lectures and Q & A sessions, but also prepare a joint concert with them, which will be the highlight of the residency and will take place in the Slovak Radio Building.

In addition to the overture from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, the concert presents two concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach – Double Concerto BWV 1043 and Violin Concerto BWV 1042 – as well as the third movement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. Both Midori and three violin student from one of the two orchestras will perform as soloists. The concert will be conducted by VŠMU professor Marco Vlasák.

The program of the concert at a glance:
November 18, 4 pm, Slovak Radio Building
Slovak Youth Orchestra and Orchestra of Music School for Children, Marco Vlasák
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro – Overture
Bach: Double Concerto BWV 1043
Bach: Violin Concerto BWV 1042
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto – 3rd movement

Further information about the program can be found here (in Slovak).

The Orchestra Residencies Program (ORP) has been in existence since the 2004/05 season. Over a period of four to seven days, Midori spends time with a youth orchestra with connection to a small professional orchestra. She teaches the young musicians in various formats and participates in a wide range of activities tailored to optimize the involvement of the youth orchestra. ORPs have already taken place in Costa Rica, Bulgaria, Peru and various US states.

For more information, visit the Orchestra Residencies Program homepage: https://orpobservations.wordpress.com/

Midori – Concert with Nürnberger Symphoniker (September 2018)

On Saturday, 22 September 2018, Midori will be guest at the Nürnberger Symphoniker. Together with the orchestra’s new music directpr Kahchun Wong, she will perform the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms.

Overview on the concert:
22 September, 20.00 – Nürnberg, Meistersingerhalle
Nürnberger Symphoniker, Kahchung Wong
Brahms: Violin Concerto

Further details on the concert can be found here.

Midori Joins the Curtis Institute of Music Violin Faculty with the Beginning of this school year (September 2018)

With the beginning of the fall semester on 4 September 2018, Midori will officially join the Violin Faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She joins a storied violin lineage and robust community engagement program at Curtis.

During the 2017–18 academic year, Midori already visited Curtis a number of times to give masterclasses, attend student-centered activities, and work with students participating in the school’s community engagement programs and Artist-Citizen courses.

Midori comes to Curtis after 14 years on the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, where she was a distinguished professor, a department chair for eight years, and holder of the esteemed Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin. She will assume a role as a visiting artist at USC beginning with this semester.

Midori at The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood (August 2018)

On 25 August 2018, Midori will perform a movement of Leonard Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium at the Bernstein Centenary Celebration at Tanglewood together with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach. Already as a 14 year old she had performed this work with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the composer himself at Tanglewood.

Overview
25 August, 20.00 – Lenox, Koussevitzky Music Shed Tanglewood
(The Bernstein Centennial Celebration at Tanglewood)   
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Eschenbach
Bernstein: Movement from aus Serenade after Plato’s Symposium

Link to the event.

 

Midori at the Parnü Music Festival (August 2018)

On 11 August, Midori will perform Sibelius’ Violin Concert at the Pärnu Music Festival. Paavo Järvi will be conducting the Estonian Festival Orchestra.

The concert at a glance:

11 August, 20.00
Parnü, Concert Hall           Pärnu Music Festival
Estonian Festival Orchestra, Paavo Järvi
Sibelius: Violin Concerto

Further details can be found here.