Chamber Music Charleston presents
An Evening with Midori
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 7:30pm at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, 405 King Street
Özgür Aydin, piano
Post-concert reception with Midori and honored guests in the Colonial Ballroom of the Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street
~ Festive Attire ~
On Tuesday, March 24, 2020 Chamber Music Charleston presents legendary concert violinist Midori in a solo recital at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. We invite you to join us for this extraordinary opportunity to hear one of the biggest names in classical music perform in Charleston. The concert will be followed by an exclusive post-concert reception where guests will have the opportunity to meet Midori in the elegant Colonial Ballroom of the Francis Marion Hotel, just steps away from the church.
The post-concert reception benefits two of Chamber Music Charleston’s educational initiatives: a program to provide affordable CMC concert tickets to deserving music students in the greater Charleston area and a newly developed Masterclass Program to provide the opportunity for skilled student musicians to receive instruction from our visiting guest artists.
Midori’s appearance is made possible in part by the non-profit organization Partners in Performance. Founded by Midori, Partners in Performance aims to keep chamber music alive and accessible throughout the US. More information is available at pipmusic.org.
Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator whose unique career has transcended traditional boundaries. A prominent concert violinist for over 30 years, she is also a noted global cultural ambassador and dedicated music educator.
Midori has performed with most of the world’s great orchestras and collaborated with renowned artists from Leonard Bernstein, Mstislav Rostropovich and Claudio Abbado to Yo-Yo Ma, Mariss Jansons, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Menahem Pressler, Susanna Mälkki, Zubin Mehta, Antonello Manacorda and Leonard Slatkin. She also enjoys working with the younger generation of conductors including Joshua Weilerstein, Constantinos Carydis, Omer Meir Wellber and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.
Recent and upcoming engagements highlight her versatility with performances of diverse repertoire in Europe, Asia, North and South America with orchestras including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Dresden, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and in chamber settings with, among others, pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jonathan Biss and cellist Antoine Lederlin.
An advocate for music and composers of her time, Midori inspired Peter Eötvös to compose the violin concerto DoReMi, which she then recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France conducted by the composer. Other commissions and world premieres have included works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Brett Dean and Johannes Staud. An upcoming New Music project will present compositions by some current female composers and she has commissioned a concerto from Detlev Glanert for the 2020 Beethoven anniversary.
Midori’s discography includes sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich performed with pianist Özgür Aydin and a 2013 Grammy Award-winning recording of Hindemith’s violin concerto with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the NDR Symphony Orchestra. The two-CD set of her highly-acclaimed interpretation of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin was released in 2015. Earlier recordings on the Sony Classical label feature works by Mozart, Dvořák, Bartók, Poulenc and Sibelius, among others.
For more than 25 years, Midori has led two non-profit organizations: Midori & Friends, which provides high-quality music education to New York City youth; and Japan-based MUSIC SHARING, which brings western classical and traditional Japanese music into schools, institutions and hospitals through innovative events, activities, instruction and presentations in Japan and other Asian nations. Other educational and social engagement efforts are Partners in Performance, founded in 2003, which promotes classical music outside of major urban centers across the United States and the Orchestra Residencies Program, begun in 2004, which encourages young musicians in the U.S. and beyond to develop a life-long and multifaceted engagement with the performing arts.
Midori has been honored for her international activism: in 2007, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named her a Messenger of Peace, and in 2012 she received the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Midori is a member of the violin faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music. Previously she held the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is also a distinguished visiting artist at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, an honorary professor at Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music and a guest professor at both Soai University in Osaka and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During the summers, she teaches regularly at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute and the Weimar Meisterkurse.
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1971, Midori began her violin studies with her mother, Setsu Goto and made her debut in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta, which was met by a standing ovation that spurred her to pursue a musical career at the highest level.
Midori plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ‘ex-Huberman’. She uses four bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, one by François Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.
For more information about Midori visit www.GoToMidori.com.