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midori violinist, 30, AT THE CROSSROADS BERKELEYI do not believe that Midori is slipping. The real question, is she continuing to grow?
By Paul Hertelendy, the independent observer of San Francisco Bay Area music
Week of Jan. 20-27, 2002
Vol. 4, No. 54
BERKELEY-I do not believe that Midori is slipping. The real question, is she continuing to grow?
Her latest recital here Jan. 20 showed the one-time Japanese violin prodigy tackling a substantial (though hardly overwhelming) program, running through both the musical and chronological alphabets from Beethoven to Webern.
She is clearly at a crossroads, having to decide whether she's going up or down, having to see how she can broaden her horizons, having to weigh her many options. Will she tackle other musics, like clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma? Will she even take on some living composers in her repertoire?
Twenty years after her concert debut, she is a different figure: Then, the Osaka-born child came on with cherubic cuteness, producing tones of cherubic purity and lyricism-the result of starting "fiddling around" at the prococious age of 2. Today she is 30, very much at home in America, wearing bell-bottom white pants, unafraid to produce some coarser tones for strong effect.

2. Midori
click photo to enlarge midori violinist, biography. In the 200203 season, violinistMidori will celebrate her 20th year of performing before the public.
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Midori's 2001-02 season began with the National Symphony's season-opening gala in Washington, D.C., followed by a tour of Japan with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and appearances with the Munich Philharmonic, the Frankfurt Opera Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic. She continued her annual recital touring with Robert McDonald in the U.S. and many countries abroad, including France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, and Italy. Midori received two prestigious awards in the Fall of 2001: the coveted Avery Fisher Prize, which is bestowed on established artists in recognition of their career accomplishments and comes with a $50,000 cash award, and the Instrumentalist of the Year award from Musical America, the bible of the music industry. As part of Midori's 20th anniversary season, commemorative events have been planned throughout the world: the celebrations began in Japan in May 2002 as Midori played a major recital tour with pianist Robert McDonald. She also initiated a unique series of concerts titled "Total Experience," based on the concept of "kizuna," the Japanese word for human interconnectedness. These appearances were in small towns all over Japan, and involved experimentation with thematic concepts and proactive audience participation. Throughout the 2002-03 season, Midori will also make it a point to perform with many of the international orchestras and in the key concert halls around the world which have played an important role in the development of her career.

3. Midori - Biography
The Washington Post, February 6, 1993. midori Biography. In the 200203 season,violinist midori will celebrate her 20th year of performing before the public.
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"Midori has charm, vitality and enormous technical skill... There is subtlety of gesture in Midori's playing, depth of emotional expression and a surprising level of pure physical power." The Washington Post
MIDORI Biography Midori's 2002-03 season began with an energetic schedule of European summer festival appearances, in which she performed either in recital with McDonald or as orchestra soloist, including concerts at Aldeburgh, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Stresa, Amsterdam and Ludwigsburg. This year Midori made her debut at the Salzburg Festival and, as the summer came to a close, performed at the Proms in London. Midori's U.S. appearances in the 2002-03 season will include performances with the major symphony orchestras of Atlanta, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Philadelphia, plus the National Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra. In an unusual two-week residency with the Los Angeles Philharmonic , Midori will play both the Barber and Sibelius violin concertos, and will participate in intensive educational and community outreach programs with orchestra members and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen From January 23-28, 2003, Midori will celebrate her 20th anniversary by performing with the orchestra and conductor with whom she made her U.S.

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I n s p i r i n g c h i l d r e n t h r o u g h m u s i c Founded in 1992 by the concert violinist midori, midori Friends serves New York Citys public schools by providing Teaching Artists .
I n s p i r i n g c h i l d r e n t h r o u g h m u s i c Founded in 1992 by the concert violinist Midori, serves New York City’s public schools by providing, at no cost to the individual student, comprehensive music education of the highest quality.
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5. Midori - Violin
HERE Read and interview with midori. midori graduated from the high school at the violin amazed, but for the violinist midori, musical maturity expressiveness has now
Music is a moral law.
It gives a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to the imagination,
a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything.
It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good,
just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible,
but nevertheless dazzling,
passionate, and eternal form. -Plato
MIDORI has been playing violin for 24 of her 27 years, and performing for 21. Surrounded by music from birth, as her violinist mother Setsu Goto took her to orchestral rehearsals, she soon fell in love with the violin, and began her first lessons on her own tiny instrument at three. Midori studied and practised daily with Setsu and made astonishing progress. At six, she made her concert debut in her native Osaka, Japan performing one of the extremely difficult Paganini Caprices before a delighted audience, and receiving her first standing ovation of many throughout her distinguished career.
Two years later, an American friend of Setsu's taped the prodigy playing concertos by Bach, Paganini and Saint-Saens and sent the recording to renowned Juilliard teacher Dorothy DeLay, who was so astonished by the playing she invited Midori to the 1981 Aspen Music Festival . At Aspen, Midori met the virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman, who wept when he heard the tiny child perform a difficult Bartok concerto, and who later became a close friend and mentor. Midori also performed for Miss de Lay at Aspen. Her mature interpretation of the mighty

6. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - News Links - Midori’s Talent As Violinist Emerged At
The Kids' Corner. Let's Talk AboutWomen's History. midoris talent as violinist emerged at young age. At the tender age of 3, midori knew what she wanted. She wanted to play the violin, just like her
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At the tender age of 3, Midori knew what she wanted. She wanted to play the violin, just like her mother. Setsu Goto presented a violin to her precocious daughter and as she watched the girl use the bow to stroke the strings with a mysterious understanding, she realized Midori possessed a natural talent. By the time Midori was 4, lessons had begun in earnest, with her mother as her teacher. Goto took the energetic girl from Japan to New York City for intense instruction by other teachers. Midori enthusiastically shares her love of music with children in Japan and New York City. Of her Midori Foundation, called Midori and Friends, she says, "The aim is to inspire children through music … to learn about other cultures and discipline and dedicating yourself to something you love very much." Besides her active recording career, Midori finds time to perform in 120 foundation concerts each year with the help of the Maia Quartet, pianist Emanuel Ax and other chamber and recital musicians.
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7. Violin Videos
midori s Carnegie Hall debut took place on her eighteenth birthday midori plays Mozart ItzhakPerlman Virtuoso violinist This is about Itzhak who began at the
These are video's and DVD's I own. I am adding this page because I do not think everyone is aware these exist. I enjoy them very much. I will try to tell you a bit about them and where to get them. The smiley ratings are my own, others might rate them differently. They range in price from about $19.95 to $50.00. However, a ticket to any of these would cost you more, and you can go again and again and again

    MIDORI Live at Carnegie Hall

    It is produced by Sony Classical
    I highly recommend this video! Midori's Carnegie Hall debut took place on her eighteenth birthday Midori plays Mozart Sonata K.301; Strauss Sonata in E flat; Beethoven, Sonata No.8; Ernst, last Rose of Summer; Chopin, Nocturne in C-sharp minor; Ravel, Tzigane; Debussy, Beau Soir; Sarasate, Zapateado; Poldini, Dancing Doll; During intermission there is a section about her when she was at the Children's Professional School.
    Mao to Mozart

    Academy Award winner in 1981 best documentary - This is an excellent video. In 1979 he was invited to China, He performs and also tours music schools in China and attends concerts of both Chinese folk music and also violins. Trying to get a good piano for a concert is an interesting section.
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    Perlman Live in Russia
    I highly recommend this video! He tours Moscow and gives a master class and tells his thoughts on master classes. He plays: Tartini, Devil's Trill; Kreisler, Liebeslied; Prokofiev, Love for Threee Oranges; Block, Nigun; Wieniawski, Caprice in a minor; Tchaikovsky Andante Contabile from the quartet; Bazzini; Tchaikovsky, Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic. He has an interview at a clinic for the handicapped.

8. The Seattle Times: Classical Music & Dance: Midori And McDonald Well-paired
SHEILA ROCK. violinist midori teamed with pianist Robert McDonald. Concert review. midori, violinist, in Distinguished Artists recital with pianist Robert McDonald; Benaroya Hall

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Midori and McDonald well-paired By Melinda Bargreen

Seattle Times music critic SHEILA ROCK Violinist Midori teamed with pianist Robert McDonald. E-mail this article Print this article Search archive Sometimes good things are worth waiting for. That white-hot finale sent the audience to its feet for a well-deserved ovation. Concert review
Midori, violinist, in Distinguished Artists recital with pianist Robert McDonald; Benaroya Hall, Wednesday night. The Danielpour piece, called "As Night Falls on Barjeantane," was the evening's dark horse. Composed in 2001 during a sojourn in southern France, the work is an extended reverie for violin and piano. Rich chords undergo sudden modulations into new harmonies, with evanescent textures that recall Debussy. It's a highly successful piece, showing off the small but lovely violin tone Midori commands. The first half of the program was good but not brilliant. Beethoven's "Spring" Sonata was a bit underplayed, a tactic that is dangerous for a violinist whose dynamic range is already fairly narrow. McDonald partnered her carefully, but the balances weren't perfect. Perhaps Midori's health was a factor. She broke off the second movement of the Beethoven with a prolonged coughing fit, then restarted the movement and completed the sonata with no further delays.

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10. The Oak Ridger Online - Feature: Intermission - KSO Opens Season With Violinist
INTERMISSION. Story last updated at 108 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2002. KSO opens season with violinist midori on Sept. 13. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 20022003 Masterworks season opens
Story last updated at 1:08 p.m. on Friday, September 6, 2002
KSO opens season with violinist Midori on Sept. 13
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2002-2003 Masterworks season opens at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Violinist Midori returns to the KSO stage 15 years after she captivated sold-out audiences at her 1987 Knoxville debut, this time as the star of the season-opening gala, according to a KSO news release. The program will include "Variations on America," by Ives/Schuman, the Siebelius Violin Concerto, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky/Ravel. "The biggest impression we ever had with a guest artist in this community was when Midori first played here," Maestro Kirk Trevor is quoted in the news release as saying. "Ever since, we've been trying to get her back. She is one of the most sought-after artists of our time, and we are thrilled to have her return to Knoxville during my last season." Trevor stated, "I first met Midori in the summer of my very first season with the KSO while in Dallas. Back then, Midori was already a veteran star of 13, so I was extremely nervous. What I remembered most about that day was standing backstage with a young 13-year-old, then a few moments later, standing on the podium with someone that seemed to have matured 20 years or more in the few seconds it took to put the violin under her chin." Midori is now in the second decade of her career. Her performing schedule, balancing recitals and appearances with the symphonic ensembles, takes her to the great concert stages of Europe, North America and the Far East each year.

violinist midori and violist Nobuko Imai make an incredible team and it showsin their luxuriantly romantic reading of Mozart s Sinfonia Concertante.

12. SACD News: Sony Releases Chicago Soundtrack & Midori On SACD [HFR]
SACD News Sony Releases Chicago Soundtrack midori on SACD (03/09/03). High Fidelity Review is the Internet's leading source of highresolution audio news, reviews and feature articles. Mendelssohn Bruch Violin Concertos. midori, violinist with Mariss Jansons conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker Classical SS 87740) Violinst midori started her career at the age

violinist midori steps back into the recording studio to perform the finale of Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Zubin Mehta. (Sony Classical SK

14. Midori & Friends - About Us
Founded in 1992 by the concert violinist midori, midori Friends serves NewYork City public schools by providing, at no cost to the individual student
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Midori entertaining students of PS 229 (Woodside, Queens) Founded in 1992 by the concert violinist Midori, serves New York City public schools by providing, at no cost to the individual student, comprehensive music education programs of the highest quality. Focusing on children with little or no access to the arts, programming is integrated into the academic component of the school curricula affording children a window into diverse cultures and developing their potential for an aesthic experience. Children are able to uncover a new means of self-expression and a greater appreciation for not just music, but the arts in general through participation in our programs, because their experience begins with a solid foundation in the basic music fundamentals. 2002 marks the 10 th Anniversary of our educational programs. During the past 10 years, has presented free educational programs by Midori, distinguished ensembles, and teaching artists to more than 100,000 school children. One of our primary goals is to develop programs that are a catalyst for the reinstitution of public school music education programs, which have suffered dramatic budget cuts over the past three decades. Our

15. Midori, Saturday, March 27, 2004 At The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
BPO Home ». Schedule. midori. When Saturday, March 27, 2004 800 PM JoAnn Falletta, conductor. midori, violinist. Smetana Overture to The Bartered Bride

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17. Bernstein S Studio - Tanglewood - Midori Playing The Violin
Fourteen yearold violinist midori s string-snapping, violin-swapping (and jaw-dropping)performance of Bernstein s Serenade, with the composer conducting

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19. Midori - Brilliant World Renowned Violin Virtuoso
The Japan Foundation and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation have arrangeda charity concert to be performed by the world famous violinist midori, a true
" Inspiration for the Heart, Music for the Soul " To celebrate the auspicious occasion of the Sixth Cycle Birthday of H.M. the Queen, Thai Toshiba Group of Companies , Thai-Japanese Association in co operation with The Embassy of Japan , The Japan Foundation and the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra Foundation have arranged a charity concert to be performed by the world famous violinist Midori, a true “child genius”, now entering her third decade as a world class professional violinist that has perform with many of the world leading orchestra. During “Inspiration for the Heart, Music for the Soul”, her second concert in Thailand she will be accompanied by the celebrated pianist Peter Vinograde. Enjoy this extraordinary performance on June 30 at the Thailand Cultural Centre.
2002 marked the twentieth anniversary of Midori's professional debut, which took place on New Year's Eve 1982, with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. Heralded as one of the world's foremost violinists, she has made repeated appearances with such prestigious orchestras as New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons and Christoph Eschenbach.
The 2003-2004 season finds Midori undertaking a dazzling itinerary of international concertizing, both in recital and as soloist with some of the world’s greatest orchestras. 2004 will also witness the publication in Germany of her memoir. Her most recent release on Sony Classical is an award-winning recording of the Bruch and Mendelssohn concertos, with the Berlin Philharmonic and Mariss Jansons.

20. Midori At USC
A Quick Take in Tuesday s (5/11) Los Angeles Times reports Celebrated violinistMidori Goto has joined the faculty of USC s Thornton School of Music in the

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