Midori is one of the most legendary violinists of this generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, she has also been recognized by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum for her exceptional commitment to education and community engagement throughout the USA, Europe, Asia and the developing world. More recently, Midori has been making a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning several new concerto and recital works.
In the last few seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive catalogue of discs, including a recording of Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas and an upcoming release of the violin concerto DoReMi written for her by Peter Eötvös and recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. In 2014, her recording of Hindemith’s Violin Concert with NDR Symphony Orchestra and Christophe Eschenbach won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Compendium.
Midori was born in Osaka, Japan in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. Zubin Mehta first heard Midori play in 1982 and it was he who invited her to make her now legendary debut - at the age of 11 - at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.
Today Midori lives in Los Angeles, where she holds the position of Distinguished Professor of Violin and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music.
2015-16 short version for program booklet (January 2016) - Not to be altered without permission.