Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic 32 years ago, the violinist Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator, and a champion of the developmental potential of children. She has founded four initiatives to provide greater access to the arts: Midori & Friends, Partners in Performance, Orchestra Residencies Program, and Music Sharing. Named a Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, she has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance 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 begins and ends the 2014-2015 season with festival appearances, at Ravinia, Lucerne, and Bad Kissingen. She will record DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös, with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and the composer conducting. Other highlights of the season include a multi-concert residency at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall including a concert with disabled children; public service announcements for UN programs combating preventable infant and maternal mortality, as well as violence against women and children; and scores of performances in recital, chamber music and concerto appearances worldwide. To this and her many other commitments she adds her continuing position as Distinguished Professor of Violin and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.