The violinist received the award in recognition of her visionary artistry in concert halls around the world, as well as her work with non-profit organisations and community outreach


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Violinist Midori performing with Ieva Jokubaviciute

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The violinist, activist and educator Midori has received the 2023-24 Brandeis Creative Arts Award from Brandeis University, a private research university in Waltham/Boston, MA. Following a violin masterclass that she gave at the university on 1 December 2023, Midori received her award from president Ron Liebowitz on 18 January 2024 in the Slosberg Music Center and later gave a recital performance with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute.

’Midori was selected because of her visionary artistry exhibited over decades of performances in the world’s great concert halls and cultural centres,’ said Neal Hampton, director of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and chair of the award’s planning committee. The award was given to recognise her work through non-profit organisations, including Midori and Friends, which provides tuition-free music education programmes in New York City, and Partners in Performances, which brings chamber music to small communities around the US.

’A United Nations Messenger of Peace, and a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2021, Midori’s dedication to building connections between music and the human experience makes her one of the most vital artists of our time,’ concluded Hampton.

Midori has enjoyed a prolific international career since her debut with the New York Philharmonic a surprise guest soloist at the New Year’s Eve Gala in 1982, aged 11. She has collaborated with numerous musicians, including Leonard Bernstein and Yo-Yo Ma. She was appointed artistic director of Ravinia Steans Music Institute’s Piano & Strings programme in 2023, succeeding Miriam Fried.

Midori is the Dorothy Richard Starling chair in violin studies at the Curtis Institute of Music. She has received honorary doctorates from Smith College, Yale University, Longy School of Music and Shenandoah University. She plays the 1734 Guarneri ’del Gesù’ ’‘ex-Huberman’ and uses four bows – two by Dominique Peccatte, one by François Peccatte and one by Paul Siefried.

The Brandeis Creative Arts Award recognises excellence in the arts and the lives and works of distinguished, active American artists. The award was established in 1956, eight years after the founding of Brandeis University. The Creative Arts Award is made possible by the Poses Fund.

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