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Midori

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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 1-22 of 22 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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  • 3.
    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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  • 4.
    Bach, Vivaldi: Double Concertos / Zukerman, Midori
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802078 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
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    Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1; Tchaikovsky: Serenade Melancolique / Midori
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802028 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London 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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    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    Paganini: Caprices / Midori
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92764 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Midori
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    Expanded Edition - Bartok: Violin Concertos 1 & 2 / Midori
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93095 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 12.
    Expanded Edition - Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich / Midori
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 93088 Release Date: 02/24/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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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.
    French Violin Sonatas - Debussy, Et Al / Midori, Mcdonald
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89699 Release Date: 08/27/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Robert McDonald,  Midori
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    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:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Midori,  Akiko Suwanai,  Phillip Moll  ... 
    Conductor:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Sir Neville Marriner,  John Mauceri,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Elgar, Franck: Violin Sonatas / Midori, Mcdonald
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63331 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Performer:  Midori,  Robert McDonald
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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    The Best Of Tchaikovsky
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 438386 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Henryk Szeryng,  Midori,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Bernard Haitink,  Antal Doráti,  Pierre Monteux  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    Midori Live At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46742 Release Date: 04/19/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Robert McDonald,  Midori
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  • 22.
    Dvorak: Violin Concerto, Romance / Midori, Mehta
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 44923 Release Date: 08/07/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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