In the 2012-2013 season, violinist Midori will celebrate the 30th anniversary of her performing career. She made her debut at age 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta in 1982. In the intervening years, she has made good use of her time. 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's 30th anniversary season begins with a presentation of the complete violin solo sonatas and partitas of J.S. Bach at Ravinia and other North American festivals, then at a series of historic cultural sites throughout Japan, and later in the season in U.S., European, and Asian cities. She will do four recital tours (U.S., Europe) with pianist Özgür Aydin. Among her concerto appearances will be collaborations with the Munich Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta, the Atlanta Symphony and Robert Spano, the Vienna Symphony under Eliahu Inbal, the Baltimore Symphony and Gilbert Varga, and the Vancouver Symphony under Bramwell Tovey. She will perform and record the Hindemith Violin Concerto with the NDR Symphony and conductor Christoph Eschenbach, and will also record a recital program with Mr. Aydin. In January 2013, Midori and the Los Angeles Philharmonic under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado will play the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös, co-commissioned for Midori by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the BBC Proms. Midori will play the concerto with Kent Nagano and the Leipzig Gewandhaus in April 2013. ... read full bio