Midori’s career “started with a fleeting moment. It’s evolved into a lasting legacy.” (Washington Post)
May 14, 2021
Micheal Brodeur, a classical music critic at The Washington Post, interviews Midori about her lasting legacy, magnificent career, and 2021 Kennedy Center Lifetime Achievement Award. The article reviews Midori’s extraordinary accomplishments as a violinist by highlighting some of her key performances, mentors, and innovative ideas that helped identify her as an internationally celebrated musician and educator.
Brodeur writes that Midori’s “prodigious musical talent was merely the first movement in a career that has extended into music education, community outreach and arts advocacy.”
Midori & Friends was founded in 1992 as Midori’s singular vision to bring enriching music education to NYC students. Midori states, “It has always been our mission, our goal, to have a variety and diversity of music. I wanted systemic change; I wanted the ability to mobilize different genres and musicians.” Since founding the organization at 21 years old, Midori’s mission of providing accessible, high-quality music education has impacted over 300,000 students in the NYC area.