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Midori
World-renowned violinist at the pinnacle of her extraordinary power.

Fresh from celebrating her 30th Anniversary tour in 2013, world-renowned violinist Midori is at the pinnacle of her extraordinary power.

Rarely does the opportunity present itself for audiences to experience an artist of her stature in a solo recital setting, but Armstrong Auditorium will feature this extraordinary talent in a one-night concert April 24.

Midori, along with her long-time pianist Özgür Aydin, will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 24, featuring the music of Mozart, Bloch, Beethoven and Faure.

Tickets are on sale now for $42, $64, $80, $94 and can be purchased at www.armstrongauditorium.org.

The 2013-2014 season promises to be an exciting one for violinist Midori, as she embarks on the 31st year of her performing career. Last year brought the release of two new recordings in the latter part of 2013.

The first, as part of the NDR Symphony’s traversal of the complete orchestral works of Paul Hindemith on Finnish label Ondine, is a rare recording by Midori of the composer’s violin concerto, in collaboration with NDR and conductor Christoph Eschenbach.

The second is a recital program with pianist Özgür Aydin in sonatas for violin and piano by Shostakovich, Janáček, and Bloch, to be released by Onyx.

Other season highlights include her first performances in Iceland, India and Africa; the UK premiere of Peter Eötvös’ new violin concerto DoReMi, written for Midori and scheduled for performance by one of its co-commissioners, the BBC PROMS, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen; and an extended community engagement program in Myanmar in December.

Midori will perform the new Eötvös concerto two more times this season, with both the Netherlands Philharmonic with the composer himself conducting, and with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic.

Today Midori is recognized as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist.
In recognition of the breadth and quality of her work in these three entirely separate fields, in 2012 she was given the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos, was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in music by Yale University.

In 2007, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In essence, over the years 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 was born in Osaka, Japan in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at a very 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. Her violin is the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesu “ex-Huberman.” She uses three bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, and one by Paul Siefried.

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