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Violin virtuoso Midori to perform in Murrieta


Last updated 4/20/2018 at 11:12am


MURRIETA - World-renowned violinist Midori will perform at the Gershwin Performing Arts Center, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21, at Murrieta Mesa High School in Murrieta. The recital is being presented by the California Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with Temecula Presents and Midori's Partners in Performance program.

The opportunity to present the recital was awarded to the California Chamber Orchestra through a competitive process.

"Midori established Partners in Performance to bring world class chamber music to places that are distant from major performing arts centers," Dana Zimbric, artistic director and conductor of the California Chamber Orchestra, said. "We applied several years ago and received positive feedback, but we weren't selected. A year or two later, they sought us out and suggested that we apply again. That application was successful."

A leading concert violinist for over 30 years, Midori regularly transfixes audiences around the world, bringing together graceful precision and intimate expression that allows the listening public to not just hear music but to be personally moved by it. She has performed with the world's top orchestras including the London Symphony, Staatskapelle Dresden, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Cincinnati Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and Czech Philharmonic. In addition, she has collaborated with leading musicians such as Mariss Jansons, Peter Eotvos, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Alan Gilbert, Susanna Malkki, Kent Nagano, Robert Spano, James Conlon, Omer Meir Wellber and Paavo Jarvi, among others.

Born in Osaka, Japan, she began her violin studies with her mother, Setsu Goto, after displaying a strong aptitude for music at an early age. In 1982, conductor Zubin Mehta invited the 11-year-old Midori to perform with the New York Philharmonic in the orchestra's annual New Year's Eve concert. The standing ovation that followed her debut spurred Midori to pursue a major musical career at the highest level.

A graduate of New York University, Midori is currently distinguished professor of violin and the Jascha Heifetz chair holder at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. This fall she leaves USC to join the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

For this recital, Midori will be accompanied by pianist Ozgur Aydin. The program will include violin sonatas by Schubert and Respighi. In addition, both Aydin and Midori will perform solo works.

"While our region is surrounded by concert halls in Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego, the fact is that distance and traffic make it difficult for many residents to go there for concerts," Zimbric said. "We and others present many programs locally, but to have a talent like Midori perform here is really quite special for our audience and especially for the area's many talented students."

A reception will follow the recital during which the audience will have a chance to meet the performers. Midori's recent CDs will be available for purchase and autograph.

Midori's recital is being presented as part of the Temecula Presents Classical Series. Tickets are $48 for adults and just $10 for students. They can be purchased at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater ticket office, by phone at (866) 653-8696 or online at


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