Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic more than 25
years ago, Midori has established a record of achievement that sets her apart as a master
musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. Named a
United Nations Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, she has
created a new model for young artists who seek to combine the joys and demands of a
performing career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to
Midori's performance schedule is balanced between recitals, chamber-music performances,
and appearances with the world's most prestigious orchestras. Midori's 2010-2011 season
includes new-music recitals and workshops; tours of the US, Europe, and Asia; and
increasing her already extensive commitment to music education in her capacity as chair of
the string department at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music.
Among the conductors with whom Midori collaborates during the 2010-2011 season are
Christoph Eschenbach, Sir Donald Runnicles, Alan Gilbert, Antonio Pappano, Kent Nagano, and
Edo de Waart.
In 1992, Midori founded Midori & Friends, a nonprofit organization in New York that
brings music education programs to thousands of underprivileged children each year. Two
other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in
the US, also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have
involvement with the arts. Midori's commitment to community collaboration and outreach
extends beyond these organizations to her work with young violinists in master classes all
over the world, and to her Orchestra Residencies Program in the US. In 2010-2011, Midori
conducts community-engagement programs in Tennessee, New York, Maine, Iowa, Japan,
Bulgaria, and Laos.
Midori's two most recent recordings are an album of sonatas by Bach and Bartók and The
Essential Midori, a two-CD compilation. Like most of her recordings, both are issued
by Sony Masterworks.
Midori's violin is the 1734 Guarneri del Gesu "ex-Huberman," which is on lifetime loan to
her from the Hayashibara Foundation.