Tracing Midori’s path from violin prodigy to educator and leader

Posted on: May 17, 2021

Midori teaches New York City students in 2016 as part of her Midori & Friends organization, which works to increase music access and education.

Violinist, educator, and 2021 Kennedy Center honoree Midori’s “prodigious musical talent was merely the first movement in a career that has extended into music education, community outreach and arts advocacy,” writes Michael Andor Brodeur in Thursday’s (5/13) Washington Post. “She founded her Japan-based nonprofit Music Sharing to bring Western classical and traditional Japanese music to young people in Japan and developing regions of Asia…. Through her Orchestra Residencies Program, Midori collaborates directly with youth orchestras. (On June 1, she’ll perform Derek Bermel’s concertino ‘Cadenzas’ in West Windsor, N.J., joined by the Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey.) … Her namesake flagship organization, Midori & Friends, … partners with more than 75 New York City public schools to increase music access and education. She launched it when she was just 21…. She is the Dorothy Richard Starling chair in violin studies at the Curtis Institute of Music … and an erudite writer, having penned tens of thousands of words’ worth of program notes … It is leadership … where she is truly coming into her own.” On being named a 2021 Kennedy Honors recipient, she says, “To lead means to serve…. I think of this as an invitation to serve, even more wholeheartedly.”