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MIDORI – Violin

Midori is one of the most admired violinists of her generation. In addition to performing at the highest levels internationally, giving master classes and participating in prominent artistic residencies, she has made a sustained commitment to the violin repertoire of the future, commissioning new concerto and recital works over a period of many years.

Beyond her performing and recording career, Midori has been recognized as a dedicated and gifted educator and an innovative community engagement activist throughout the US, Europe, Asia and the developing world. Among many honors she has received in recent years, she was named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and received the prestigious Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum in Davos.

In recent seasons, Midori has added several new recordings to her extensive discography – Bach’s complete Solo Sonatas and Partitas, a recital of sonatas by Bloch, Janáček and Shostakovich with pianist Özgür Aydin, and Paul Hindemith’s violin concerto with the NDR Symphony Orchestra and conductor Christoph Eschenbach in a recording that won a Grammy for Best Classical Compendium. In February 2016, Sony Classical released The Art of Midori, a 10-CD set containing some of her most important recordings for the label. DoReMi, the violin concerto written for her by Peter Eötvös and performed with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France under the baton of the composer, was released in May 2016.

In 1992 Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York City that brings music education programs to underserved schoolchildren. Two other organizations, Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S., also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Midori’s commitment to community collaboration and outreach is further realized in her Orchestra Residencies Program, which involves week-long residencies with American youth orchestras.

Midori was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1971 and began studying the violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, at an early age. In 1982, Zubin Mehta invited the11-year-old Midori to make her debut at the New York Philharmonic’s traditional New Year’s Eve concert, on which occasion she received a standing ovation and the impetus to begin a major career.

Today, in addition to her performing and outreach activities, Midori serves as Distinguished Professor of Violin and holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She is also a Guest Professor at Japan’s Soai University and at Shanghai Conservatory and an Honorary Professor at the Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music.

Midori plays the 1734 Guarnerius del Gesù ‘ex-Huberman’. She uses four bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, one by François Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.


Hailed as “accomplished in mechanism and style” (Buenos Aires Herald), Argentinean violinist Jeremías Sergiani-Velázquez was awarded First Prize at the Argentinean Hebrew Foundation Competition and at the 2012-13 and 2013-14 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competitions.

He has recently performed with the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and at Germany’s Dresden Frauenkirche, as well as in Canada and throughout the US, serving as principal second in several occassions.

Jeremías started playing the violin at the age of three and made his first solo appearances at the age of 10. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory under Miriam Fried, and recently obtained his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School with Sylvia Rosenberg and Ronald Copes. Jeremias is a recipient of the Teresa Gruneisen scholarship from the Argentine Mozarteum.


Hailed by the press for his “bold, rich sound” (Strad Magazine) and “nuanced musicianship” (The New York Times), Israeli cellist Michael Katz has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America, Europe, Japan, and Israel. His musicianship has been recognized with many awards, among them all three prizes at the 2011 Aviv Competition, and first prizes at the Juilliard School’s 2010 Concerto Competition and the 2005 Turjeman Competition.

As the cellist of the Lysander Piano Trio, Mr. Katz was a winner of the 2012 Concert rtists Guild Competition, and was awarded first prize in the 2011 Coleman competition and 2011 J.C. Arriaga competition. He has performed with artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Midori, Anthony Marwood, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Frankl, David Finckel, Roger Tapping, Charles Neidich, and others. His festival appearances include performances at Ravinia, Music@Menlo, Malaga Classica, Yellow Barn, Sarasota, and the Holland Music Sessions.

Mr. Katz received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory his Master of Music from the Juilliard School. He recently completed a Doctor of Music at SUNY Stony Brook as a student of Colin Carr. Deeply committed to educational outreach, Mr. Katz is currently a member of Ensemble ACJW.


Called “future star” and “violist of the future,” violist Wenhong Luo began the violin at 4 years old, and at the age of 9 won the Silver Award of the first National Children’s Art Competition. She entered the Beijing Music School attached to Central Conservatory of Music and changed to the viola in 2004. During her studies at the school, she held the post of principal violist in the China Juvenile Symphony Orchestra for 3 years, won first place in the Central Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition, and performed the Walton viola concerto with China Broadcast Symphony Orchestra. In 2010 she moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Professor Martin Outram. She won the Theodore Holland Viola Prize in 2010, and also the 3rd prize in the 19th Johannes Brahms international competition in Austria in 2012. She was one of the semi-finalist and special prize winners of the Lionel Tertis viola competition in the Isle of Man in 2013, returning in 2016 to be awarded 3rd prize. She is now studying with Kim Kashkashian in Boston at the New England Conservatory of Music. She plays a 1776 Gaspar Lorenzini viola on loan by Reuning & Son Violins.

CHAD CANNON – Tour Coordinator

Chad Cannon is a composer and orchestrator whose unique style — fusing elements of Asian and American, popular and classical, cinematic and concert-oriented musics alike — is quickly launching him to prominence. 2016 saw his debut soundtrack releases with Paper Lanterns and Cairo Declaration, the latter co-composed with Chinese legend Ye Xiaogang and praised by Film Music Magazine for its “gorgeously soaring” melodies. This year he was also named a Sundance Composing Fellow in the fiercely competitive Sundance Composer Labs held at Skywalker Ranch. Under the mentorship of Conrad Pope, he has orchestrated for Academy Award winners Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore in films grossing billions worldwide, including The Secret Life of Pets, The Hobbit trilogy, and Godzilla. Commissions and collaborations include Czech Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Slovenia Philharmonic, KyoShin An Arts, Farallon Quintet, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Barlow Endowment.

A cultural activist, Chad has worked with Music Sharing for four years on its ICEP tours to Japan, Myanmar, and Bangladesh, helping produce live music events for tens of thousands of children in these countries. He is also the founder of the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), which has presented works by young composers in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Singapore, Okinawa, Seoul, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Utah, Hanoi, and Bangkok, in direct collaborations with over 100 young artists, including Ryu Goto, Rachel Lee Friday, GaHyun Cho, Davóne Tines, Takaoki Onishi, Yuga Cohler, Matthew Aucoin, Jun Hong Loh, and Kah Chun Wong – some of the most accomplished young artists in classical music today.




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「みどり教育財団東京オフィス」(現:認定NPO法人ミュージック・シェアリング)を設立。音楽家による社会貢献活動のモデルとして20年以上にわたり先導的な役割を果たし、その間にも新しい組織や企画を発案するなど、その活動は時代と社会のニーズに合わせて幅広さを増している。

後進の指導にも情熱を注ぎ、現在、南カリフォルニア大学ソーントン音楽学校弦楽学部「ハイフェッツ・チェアー」兼特別教授(Distinguished Professor)。相愛大学客員教授。

賞歴は数多く、ザ・シンフォニーホール国際音楽賞「クリスタル賞」(1987年)、芸術選奨文部大臣新人賞(1987年)、ドロシー・チャンドラー芸術賞(1989年)、第1回アジア系米国人栄誉賞(1991年)、第7回京都音楽賞大賞(1992年)、大阪新聞社創刊70周年「関西芸術大賞」(1993年)、第25回サントリー音楽賞(1994年)、国際交流基金「国際交流奨励賞」(1996年)、モンブラン・デ・ラ・キュルチュール日本賞(1998年)、児童福祉文化賞(2000年)、エイヴリー・フィッシャー賞(2001年)、アメリカ音楽賞年間器楽奏者賞(2001年)、ジョン・F・ ケネディー・センター芸術金賞(2010年)、クリスタル賞(2012年ダボス会議)などを受賞。