Performance Wednesday, March 23, 2011 | 7:30 PM

Charles Abramovic

Zankel Hall
This brilliant program of music by living composers highlights both the vibrant diversity of contemporary composition and Midori’s stellar skills. In addition to music by the British Watkins, the Scottish MacMillan, and the Japanese Hosokawa, Midori performs the rumbling, swinging Road Movies, a piece that to Midori is “quintessential John Adams.”


  • Charles Abramovic, Piano
  • Midori, Violin


  • HUW WATKINS Coruscation and Reflection
  • BRETT DEAN Berlin Music (NY Premiere)
  • TOSHIO HOSOKAWA Vertical Time Study III
  • JAMES MACMILLAN After the Tryst
  • JOHN ADAMS Road Movies


  • Charles Abramovic

    Charles Abramovic has won critical acclaim for his international performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborator with leading instrumentalists and singers. He made his solo orchestral debut at the age of 14 with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras and has given solo recitals throughout the US, France, and Yugoslavia.

    Mr. Abramovic has also appeared at major international festivals in Berlin, Bermuda, Dubrovnik, and Vancouver. With a wide range of acclaimed recordings to his name, he serves as a professor of keyboard studies at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. In 1997, he received the Career Development Grant from the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia, and in 2003 received the Creative Achievement Award from Temple University.

    Mr. Abramovic is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and he received his doctorate from Temple University.
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  • Midori

    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 change lives.

    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.
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JapanNYC Lead Sponsors are Epson Corporation; Mizuho Securities USA Inc.; Nomura Holding America Inc. and Nomura America Foundation; Kotaro ONO, The Chairman of The ONO Group; ROHM Co., Ltd. and Rohm Music Foundation; Sony Corporation; and Yoko Nagae Ceschina.

Supporting Sponsors are Deloitte LLP; Mitsubishi International Corporation; Suntory Holdings Limited and Suntory Hall; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited; Toshiba Corporation; and Toyota.

With additional funding from Aladdin Capital Holdings LLC; Asian Cultural Council; The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.; GWFF USA Inc.; ITOCHU International Inc.; J.C.C. Fund of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of New York; Kawasaki Good Times Foundation; The NY Mets Foundation; Nihon Unisys, Ltd.; Nippon Express Foundation, Inc.; Nippon Life Insurance Company; Hiroko Onoyama and Ken Sugawara; Seiko Instruments Inc.; Subaru of America, Inc.; and Sumitomo Corporation of America Foundation.

With special thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan; Japan Tourism Agency; Japan National Tourism Organization; the Japan Foundation; and the Consulate-General of Japan in New York.


Adams Road Movies (I. Relaxed Groove)
Leila Josefowicz, Violin / John Novacek, Piano

At a Glance

“It has always been my philosophy,” Midori has remarked, “that music should be heard in the time in which it was written.” This concert is a testament to that statement: Not only does it include a near-premiere, but even the oldest work was written a mere 23 years ago. Stylistic diversity abounds, with all pieces sculpted from the composers’ respective nationalities: Welsh, Australian/German, Japanese, Scottish, and American.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Fast Forward.

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