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Midori (2014) (Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders)


In the 2008-2009 season, violinist Midori concocts the blend of worldwide performances (90), expanding commitment to community engagement, devotion to her various roles at the prestigious University of Southern California, and enthusiastic exploration of new territory that fans, students, and media alike have come to expect from this brilliant and multi-faceted artist. Her season will include a first-ever tour of trio repertoire with two distinguished colleagues, pianist Jonathan Biss and cellist Johannes Moser; her first appearances in Central America, with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica; two rare appearances at the intimate Wigmore Hall in London, and the opening of the Bruckner Festival with Bruckner Orchestra Linz. The season commences with appearances – in recital, chamber music, or concerto repertoire – at numerous festivals worldwide, including Harrogate, Delft Chamber Music, Ljubljana, Eastern, Tivoli, Britt Festivals, and Tanglewood. Midori's performing colleagues of 2008-09 will include the Toronto Symphony conducted by Jun Märkl, Boston Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln with Pietari Inkinen, Vienna Symphony and Christian Arming, Seattle Symphony with Gerard Schwarz, Los Angeles Philharmonic under Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and performances with two members of the Järvi family: Paavo with the Cincinnati Symphony, and Kristian with the LSO. The season also features seven tours (5 recital, 1 chamber music, 1 concerto) and seven major community engagement programs – five in the U.