Ray Chen & Julio Elizalde
“Many soloists today have masterly technique, but few conjure such searing intensity seemingly out of nowhere [as does Midori] . . . a supremely well-made instrument was being played at the very edge of its envelope.”—The New York Times
Winner of the coveted Avery Fisher Prize in 2001, Midori is a violinist at the peak of her powers. She made her debut at age eleven as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in 1982. In the intervening years, she has become recognized as a master musician and a devoted and gifted educator.
Born into the legendary family of gypsy violinists descended from János Bihari, “King of Gypsy Violinists,” violinist Roby Lakatos is not only a scorching virtuoso but a musician of extraordinary stylistic versatility. Equally comfortable performing classical music as he is playing jazz and in his own Hungarian folk idiom, Lakatos is the rare musician who defies definition. He is referred to as a gypsy violinist or “devil’s fiddler,” a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, and a 19th-century throwback—simultaneously.