Born in Osaka in 1971, Midori is now known as a visionary artist who explores the connection between music and human experience. As one of the world’s leading concert violinists, Midori has worked for almost 40 years with all the major orchestras including the London, Chicago and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Berlin, Münchner und Wiener Philharmoniker and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as with renowned conductors such as Claudio Abbado, Leonard Bernstein, Paavo Järvi, Zubin Mehta and Kent Nagano. In addition, this violinist has an extensive discography including a Grammy Award-winning recording of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto.
In 2021, Midori was honoured at the annual Kennedy Centre Honours for her life’s work and was praised by Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler and John Lithgow at the Honours ceremonies in Washington, DC. In addition, Midori is a United Nations Ambassador for Peace and has founded several non-profit organisations for the promotion of music. Within the framework of ›Partners in Performance‹, she organises chamber music concerts in smaller towns in the USA which lie far outside the major urban centres and have only limited resources. Midori also teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University. She plays a 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ›ex-Huberman‹ violin.