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.

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.

Midori at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival (July 2018)

On 13 and 14 July, Midori will be guest at the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. Together with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach, she will perform Schumann’s Violin Concerto in Hamburg and Kiel.

Overview on the concerts:

13 July, 20.00
Hamburg, St. Michaelis
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester, Christoph Eschenbach
Schumann: Violin Concerto

14 July, 20.00
Kiel, Schloss
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchester, Christoph Eschenbach
Schumann: Violin Concerto

Please find further details on the concerts here.


Midori – Konzert in Hong Kong mit Tongyeong Festival Orchestra und Christoph Eschenbach – 10. April 2018 © HK Sinfonietta Ltd

Midori – Duo Tour with Özgür Aydin (June 2018)

At the beginning of July, Midori and pianist Özgür Aydin will be playing recitals in Germany and Warsaw: At the Kultursommer Nordhessen, in Detmold, at the Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerten and at Morningside Music Bridge, they will perform works by Mozart, Franck, Schubert and Respighi.

Overview on the concerts:

1 July, 17:00 – Kultursommer Nordhessen, Kassel, Klosterkirche Nordhausen
Mozart: Sonata KV 303
Franck: Sonata A-Dur
Schubert: Sonata g-Moll D 408
Respighi: Sonata h-Moll P 110

3 July, 19:30 – Detmold, Konzerthaus der Hochschule für Musik
see 1 July

7 July, 17:00 – Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte, Königs Wusterhausen, Kreuzkirche
see 1 July

8 July, 19:00 –  Morningside Music Bridge, Frederic Chopin University Concert Hall
see 1 July


Midori visit refugee’s home in Berlin (May 2018)

On the occasion of her concert with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin  on 13 May 2018 in the Berlin Philharmonie, UN Messenger of Peace and violinist Midori visited a home for female refugees and their children in Berlin (“Nachbarschaftsheims Schöneberg e.V.”). Together with the members of the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchesters Berlin Dávid Adorján (Solocellist) und Eve Wickert (Viola), they played music for around 30 women and children of the home.

© Nachbarschaftsheim Schöneberg e.V.

Please find here the account of this musical encounter on the refugee home’s website.