Midori, violin
The violinist Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator whose unique career has been dedicated to exploring and building connections between music and the human experience. She is the founder of MUSIC SHARING, a not-for-profit organization based in Japan that also presents performances and interactive events in various Asian nations.
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11, Midori has performed with most of the world’s great orchestras, while collaborating with renowned conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Claudio Abbado, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, and Susanna Mälkki, among many others. She has shared stages with such instrumentalists as pianists Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Jonathan Biss, and the cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She has performed for the Pope, and has met royalty, presidents, prime ministers, and Secretaries General of the United Nations.
Midori’s recordings include a Grammy-winning disc of Hindemith’s Violin Concerto with Christoph Eschenbach conducting the NDR Symphony Orchestra and a two-CD set of J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Her discography includes many recordings on the Sony Classical label.
An advocate for new music, Midori inspired Peter Eötvös to compose the violin concerto DoReMi, which she recorded with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducted by the composer. A recent project with present commissioned works by contemporary female composers from around the world, among other ground-breaking undertakings.
Midori has founded various nonprofit organizations in both the U.S. and Japan. These foundations seek to inspire and empower all kinds of people, some by providing instruction to young children, some by bringing highest quality performances to hospitals, institutions, and underserved communities. For such socially-conscious commitments, she has been named a United Nations Messenger of Peace, while in 2012 she received the Crystal Award from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Midori is currently a member of the violin faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, while regularly teaching in other institutions all around the world. Born in Osaka, Japan in 1971, Midori began her violin studies with her mother, Setsu Goto. Midori plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ‘ex-Huberman’.


Elina Buksha, violin
Winner of the 2012 Latvian Great Music Award, an honor for emerging musicians, Elina Buksha is considered one of her nation’s leading violinists.
Elina has been described by The Strad Magazine as having “capacity for fantasy and storytelling,” and being “highly persuasive in technical agility and individuality”. She has performed in such festivals as the Festival de Wallonie (Belgium), the International Music Festival in Yaroslavl (directed by Yuri Bashmet), Rheingau Musik Festival (Germany), Rencontres Musicales d’Évian (France), and the Marvao International Music Festival, among others.
As a soloist, Elina has performed with many orchestras, including I Virtuosi del Teatro alla Scala, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra, Moscow, and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan). Elina has performed alongside such artists as Maria João Pires, Midori, Augustin Dumay, Frank Braley, Gary Hoffman, Henri Demarquette, Gérard Caussé, Roby Lakatos, the Modigliani Quartet, Calidore String Quartet, and others.
Elina began playing the violin at the age of five, advancing to studies at Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel under the direction of Augustin Dumay. In 2017 she began studying with Christoph Poppen at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. She is also trained privately by the renowned violinist Midori. She has recorded Saint-Saëns and Lalo violin concerti for the Alpha label.
Elina Buksha plays a 1723 Domenico Montagnana violin, on loan to her by the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel.


Erika Gray, viola
Erika Gray is a violist who has performed extensively in the US, as well as in Russia, England, Japan, Australia, Poland, Germany, and Switzerland. Her awards include the Gold Medal in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and Second Place in the Salomé Young Artists Competition. She competed in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the 2018 Primrose International Viola Competition. She is a laureate of the 2015 Stulberg International String Competition and was the 4th prize winner at the Irving M. Klein International String Competition.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, Erika was a featured soloist in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s performances of Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote in February 2017. She has been heard in solo performance on National Public Radio’s From the Top series, and has appeared at the BBC Proms with the National Youth Orchestra and in Suntory Hall in Tokyo under the auspices of the Pacific Music Festival. She performed in Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Erika has also attended Swtizerland’s Verbier Academy, the Kneisel Hall chamber music festival, and the Music From Angel Fire chamber program.
Erika Gray is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Roberto Díaz and Hsin-Yun Huang. She rose to the position of principal violist of Curtis Symphony Orchestra, having previously toured Europe with the orchestra as assistant principal. She held the Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Fellowship. She is also a substitute violist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and enjoyed a Midwest tour with them this past fall.


Noémie Raymond-Friset, cello
Noémie Raymond-Friset has been named by CBC Music as one of the “30 Hot Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” She was one of the top prizewinners at the Edwin H. & Leigh W. Schadt String Competition, the WAMSO Young Artist Competition, and at Stepping Stone, the competition of Concours de musique du Canada.
At the Prix de Europe, Noémie was awarded the Beatrice Kennedy-Bourbeau Award in 2014 (for Best Interpretation of a Work), and the Guy Soucie Award in 2017. She was also awarded First Prize at the 2016 “Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Music Competition of England, leading to her debut at London’s Royal Albert Hall. In addition, she was awarded a professional development grant by the Canada Council for the Arts and was a laureate of the Council’s 2015 Musical Instrument Bank Competition.
Ms. Raymond-Friset is Artistic Director of the Eastman Cello Ensemble. She has been a regular participant in tours of the Heifetz International Music Institute, her performances often heard on Performance Today, the popular American radio series. She has participated in the XVIII Chamber Music Festival in Lima, Peru, while her Canadian performances include recitals at the Festival International de Launaudière, Les Concerts de La Chapelle, and the Oxford International Music Festival.
Noémie Raymond-Friset has performed as a soloist with a wide variety of orchestras, one highlight being her performance of the solo cello part in Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins and Cello with the National Arts Center Orchestra, led by Pinchas Zukerman, the maestro playing the first violin part. She has participated in many high profile master classes, including one with Yo-Yo Ma at Montréal’s Salle Claude-Champagne. She was awarded a Graduate Diploma from the New England Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree from the Université de Montréal. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Eastman School of Music. Noemie performs on the “ex-Curtis” cello made by Matteo Goffriller, dating from 1700.



五嶋みどり (ヴァイオリン)
多忙なコンサート活動だけにとどまることなく、1992年にコミュニティー・エンゲージメント活動を目的として、非営利団体「Midori&Friends」(ニューヨーク)と認定NPO法人ミュージック・シェアリング(旧みどり教育財団東京オフィス)の設立を皮切りに、常に時代や社会のニーズを先取りしながら、音楽家による社会貢献のロールモデルを自ら体現し、“本物の音楽”の力の限界に挑み続けている。またミュージック・シェアリングの活動のひとつであるICEP(International Community Engagement Program)を通じ、世界各地で文化外交を積極的に推し進め、2007年からは国連ピース・メッセンジャーとして、貧困、平和、環境、教育、女性問題など国連が掲げる多種多様な課題にも熱心に取り組み、2012年には世界経済フォーラム(ダボス会議)よりクリスタル賞を受賞した。


クラシック専門誌『The Strad』は「物語を奏でるような深い表現力」、「洗練された技巧と独創的な演奏」と称賛。2012年のラトビア音楽大賞では栄えある最優秀新人賞に輝き、若い音楽家たちの中でも活躍が期待されている。ワロン音楽祭(ベルギー)、ヤロスラブリ国際音楽祭(ユーリ・バシュメット主宰)、ラインガウ音楽祭(ドイツ)、エヴィアン音楽祭(フランス)、マルヴァオン国際音楽祭などに出演。
これまでに、ミラノ・スカラ座管弦楽団、ラトビア国立交響楽団、リガ・シンフォニエッタ、シンフォニア・ヴァルソヴィア、リエージュ王立フィルハーモニー管弦楽団、タタールスタン国立交響楽団、南西ドイツ・フィルハーモニー交響楽団、ムジカ・ヴィーヴァ室内管弦楽団、関西フィルハーモニー管弦楽団など、数多くのオーケストラと共演を果たす。マリア・ジョアン・ピレシュ、五嶋みどり、オーギュスタン・デュメイ、フランク・ブラレイ、ゲイリー・ホフマン、アンリ・ドマルケット、ジェラール・コセ、ロビー・ラカトシュ、モディリアーニ弦楽四重奏団、カリドル弦楽四重奏団、他多くのアーティストらとも共演。 5歳からヴァイオリンを始め、ベルギー国立エリザベート王妃音楽院にてオーギュスタン・デュメイに師事した。現在はクリストフ・ポッペンに師事する。サン=サーンスとラロのヴァイオリン協奏曲の録音をアルファ・レーベルよりリリース。使用楽器はエリザベート王妃音楽院より貸与された1723年製の名器ドメニコ・モンタニャーナ。


アメリカ合衆国イリノイ州ウィルメット出身。2017年2月にシカゴ交響楽団と共演し、リヒャルト・シュトラウスの『ドン・キホーテ』でソリストを務める。ナショナル・パブリック・ラジオの「From the Top」でもソロ演奏を放送され、BBCプロムスやPMF(サントリーホール)にも出演。ワシントン・ナショナル交響楽団、カーティス交響楽団、カーネギーホールにはニューヨーク・ストリング・オーケストラ・セミナーの公演で演奏。ヴェルビエ音楽祭、クナイゼルホール音楽祭、ミュージック・フロム・エンジェル・ファイヤーにも参加。


カナダのFMラジオネットワーク『CBC Music』で「30歳未満の優れたカナダ人クラシック音楽家30人」の一人として紹介される。エドウィン・H・アンド・リー・W・シャット弦楽コンクール、WASMOヤング・アーティスト・コンペティション、ステッピング・ストーン(カナダ音楽コンクール)でそれぞれ一位を受賞。
イーストマン・チェロ・アンサンブルの芸術ディレクターを務める。XVIII室内楽フェスティバル(ペルー)、ハイフェッツ国際音楽インスティテュートのツアーに定期的に参加し、アメリカの人気ラジオ番組『Performance Today』で演奏が放送される。ラノディエール国際フェスティバル、Les Concerts de La Chapelle、オックスフォード国際音楽祭でリサイタルを行う。