Midori

Biography

Born: October 25, 1971; Osaka, Japan  
Midori Goto, professionally known simply as Midori, was born in Osaka, Japan, and from the age of three studied violin with her mother, Setsu Goto, who had noticed the toddler singing melodies by Bach she had heard days earlier. She made her concert debut in Osaka at six. Midori came to the U.S. in 1981, studying with Dorothy DeLay at the Aspen Music School and later the Juilliard School; a less direct mentor was Pinchas Zukerman. Midori made her Read more debut at the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert in 1982, when she was 10. She charmed the crowd: a group of collectors loaned her an original Stradivarius instrument that she continues to play, and conductor Zubin Mehta invited her to tour Asia with the orchestra. The same year, she signed with CBS Masterworks (now Sony Classical), and her international career was launched. At 14, she landed on the front page of the New York Times after a performance with the Philharmonic in Central Park, and she benefited throughout her teen years from sympathetic press. "Any sentient adult watching her dig into Mozart's Concerto in D, K. 218, under the sympathetic baton of Gerard Schwarz could only have felt the tug of the parental instinct," wrote Times critic Donal Henahen in a 1989 review. She stunned both teachers and audiences with her mastery of some of the most difficult works in the violin repertory, including Paganini's 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, which she recorded in 1988.

Midori successfully left prodigy status behind and assumed a consistent position in the top rank of international concert attractions. Often associated with Mehta at first, she has worked with other conductors and orchestras worldwide. An undeniably charismatic performer, Midori has for much of her career remained within the boundaries of the mainstream violin concerto repertoire from Bach to Bartók. She has gradually broadened her scope, however, first with recitals (her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 1990 was recorded), and later with chamber music (her first tour as part of a trio came in 2008, with pianist Jonathan Biss and cellist Johannes Moser) and commissions for new works. In addition to her activities as a prominent virtuoso, Midori has also founded and nurtured Midori and Friends, a nonprofit organization providing educational experiences and concerts for underprivileged and hospitalized children. By 2008, the program had benefited more than 150,000 students, and she has supplanted it with a community-oriented chamber music organization called Partners in Performance and a similar group in Japan called Music Sharing. Her work to promote classical music at the community level has taken her as far afield as Indonesia. Midori's numerous awards include both musical and humanitarian honors. She was a winner, in 2001, of the Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2007 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon named her an official U.N. Messnger of Peace. The holder of bachelor's (magna cum laude, 2000) and master's (2005) degrees in psychology from New York University, Midori holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California. Read less
Browse 1-18 of 18 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 2.
    The Art of Midori
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 518340 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald,  Nobuko Imai,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Claudio Abbado,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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  • 4.
    Bach: Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin / Midori
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4123 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Midori
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  • 5.
    Tchaikovsky: Masterworks Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002362102 Release Date: 09/04/2015   Number of Discs: 27
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Rosemarie Lang,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Ruthid Engert-Ely,  Mirella Freni  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Seiji Ozawa,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Staatskapelle Dresden,  Tchaikovsky Choir,  French National Orchestra  ... 
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  • 6.
    Claudio Abbado: The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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  • 7.
    Bloch, Janacek, Shostakovich / Midori
    Label: Onyx   Catalog: 4084 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Ernest Bloch,  Leos Janácek
    Performer:  Midori,  Ozgur Aydin
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    Hindemith:  Violin Concerto; Symphonic Metamorphosis; Konzertmusik /  Midori, Eschenbach
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1214-2 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416389 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Midori,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Paganini: Violin Concerto No 1;  Tchaikovsky / Midori
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420943 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Midori - Bach, Bartok: Sonatas / Robert Mcdonald
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 97745 Release Date: 01/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald
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  • 12.
    Midori Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4158 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert McDonald,  Midori
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  • 13.
    Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Midori, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87740 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 14.
    Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante, Concerto For Violin & Piano / Midori, Imai
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89488 Release Date: 06/26/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Midori,  Nobuko Imai
    Conductor:  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Violin Adagios
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 467675 Release Date: 03/20/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Max Bruch,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Alan Loveday,  Maurice Hasson  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Bonynge,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Sir Alexander Gibson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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  • 16.
    Sibelius: Violin Concerto;  Bruch / Midori, Mehta, Israel Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 58967 Release Date: 09/20/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 17.
    Midori - Encore!
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 52568 Release Date: 12/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Béla Bartók,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert McDonald,  Midori
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  • 18.
    Bartok: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Midori, Mehta, Berlin Po
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45941 Release Date: 01/14/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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