Midori is Coming…

Dubuque Symphony Orchestra & Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles awarded residency with world-famous violinist Midori

(DUBUQUE) – The Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles have been awarded a week-long residency by world-famous violinist Midori in the spring of 2016. The Orchestra Residencies Program was created by Midori to support American youth orchestras, and is a collaborative project providing meaningful musical experiences for the next generation of musicians.

Over a five day period in May 2016, Midori will participate in a wide variety of activities tailored to optimize local involvement with the Dubuque Symphony Youth Ensembles, including concerts with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Other activities include master classes, school visits, arts advocacy events, and much more. “Having Midori come to Dubuque to play with our Orchestra and Youth Ensembles is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Midori is one of the most talented violinists of our generation, so this is really a big, big deal for the DSO and Dubuque,” said Executive Director Mark Wahlert.

Born in Osaka, Japan, Midori began studying the violin with her mother at a very early age. Legendary conductor Zubin Mehta first heard Midori play when she was just 11 years old, and was so impressed that he invited her to be a surprise guest soloist on the New York Philharmonic’s 1982 New Year’s Eve Concert.  What has followed is the tremendous career of a truly superb musician.

Highly in demand, Midori has performed with orchestras around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony, and many others. She also maintains a busy schedule of recitals and chamber music appearances, and is committed to creating new repertoire for the violin by commissioning music from some of today’s most talented composers.  Midori commits herself just as fully to bringing music to those who do not have easy access to the arts.  To this end, she has founded four organizations over the course of her career, the first of which, Midori and Friends, she started at the age of 21 in an effort to bring music education to underserved neighborhoods in the U.S. and Japan. 

Midori is Distinguished Professor and Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, and in 2007 was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  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 2015, Midori was presented with the Award of Merit for Achievement in the Performing Arts by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.

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