“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. Among her orchestral appearances are many of the world’s great symphonic orchestras. Midori made her first recording at the age of fourteen for Philips, playing the music of Bach and Vivaldi with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman. Virtually all her other recordings are on Sony Masterworks. Midori is an active music educator of underserved communities. She runs several successful programs that have reached hundreds of thousands of children since the early 1990s, especially at New York public schools.
Midori is accompanied on the piano by Özgür Aydin and plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù “ex-Huberman.”
Program Debussy, Sonata in G minor Shostakovich, Sonata, Op. 134 intermission Beethoven, Sonata No. 10 in G major, Op. 96 Schubert, Rondo brilliant in B minor, D. 895
These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund.