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Japanese Classical Violinist Midori Celebrates 40th Debut Anniversary

Midori celebrates 40th debut anniversary plays Bach Violin Sonata. Music Press Asia

Original press release

The 2022-2023 season marks the 40th Anniversary of Midori’s professional debut, which took place on New Year’s Eve in 1982 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta. She was 11 years old.

This season, Warner Classics will release a new recording of the complete Beethoven sonatas cycle with Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, which the artists will perform in its entirety at Dartmouth College New Hampshire and Suntory Hall, Tokyo.

The Suntory Hall Beethoven sonatas cycle is part of a five-day celebration of Midori’s anniversary that also pays homage to Beethoven and to Midori’s mentor, the late Isaac Stern, whose significant birthdays fell during Covid lockdowns.

Over the course of the season, Midori, Lederlin and Biss perform Beethoven piano trios in London, Hamburg and Koln while Midori offers the Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Korngold and Detlev Glanert concertos with orchestras in Europe, the United States and Asia.

Two other longstanding passions of Midori – J.S. Bach’s six sonatas and partitas for solo violin and newly commissioned works – are combined in recital programs that Midori performs at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and elsewhere in the United States, Canada and Europe throughout the 2022-2023 season.

View Midori’s concert schedule 2022, here.


Music Press Asia’s classical playlist for the month of November 2022 has selected Midori’s Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Click the image below to start Bach’s Violin Sonata.


Projects: Midori & Friends

For 30 years Midori & Friends, founded by violin virtuoso Midori, has invested in over 300,000 students in NYC by providing tuition-free music education programs. It serves local communities by supporting those arts organizations whose purpose is to develop self-confidence, creativity and ambition in its young people.

As it ignites positive social change in the rising generations of students and their families, the dynamic music education programs enrich our city and the individual lives that make it great. It believes that by acting to realize the principles of equity, inclusion, and a strong, diverse population, we help to create an environment of goodwill upon which our city depends if its citizens are to flourish.

Midori & Friends provides transformative tuition-free music education, access to live performances, and leadership development for underserved youth.

Source: Midori’s official website

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