Midori is a visionary artist, activist and educator who explores and builds connections between music and the human experience and breaks with traditional boundaries which makes her one of the most outstanding violinists of our time. As a leading concert violinist for over 35 years, Midori regularly transfixes audiences around the world, bringing together graceful precision and intimate expression. She has performed with, among others, the London, Chicago, and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras, the Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has collaborated with such outstanding musicians as Claudio Abbado, Emanuel Ax, Leonard Bernstein, Constantinos Carydis, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniel Harding, Paavo Järvi, Mariss Jansons, Yo-Yo Ma, Susanna Mälkki, Joana Mallwitz, Antonello Manacorda, Zubin Mehta, Donald Runnicles, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Omer Meir Wellber.
Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic, Midori has established a record of achievements that sets her apart as a master musician, innovator, and champion of the developmental potential of children. She founded Midori & Friends in 1992, which has since impacted over 300,000 young people with enriching music programs that spark creativity and self-confidence. Midori currently serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and was selected as an Honoree for the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors in recognition for lifetime artistic achievement.