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One of the greatest violinists, Midori Goto, is a visionary artist, activist, and educator.
Midori has received recognition for her work as a teacher and in the community. Additionally, Midori was chosen to serve as a UN Messenger of Peace in 2007.
To provide music instruction to young people in impoverished neighborhoods in New York City and Japan, Midori formed her foundation Midori and Friends, when she was 21. Since then, it has grown into four unique non-profit organizations with an international reach.
Midori Goto is a famous musician and violin player. Goto has an estimated net worth of around $5 million.
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Midori Goto is 4 ft 11 in (149.8 cm) tall.
Midori Goto is 51 years old. She was born on October 25, 1971.
Midori was born Midori Goto in Osaka, Japan. After her parents divorced in 1983, she chose to use the single name Midori instead of her father's last name.
She started to perform under the moniker Mi Dori. Her mother, Setsu Goto, was a great musician, and her father was a brilliant engineer. Midori, the child, slept in the first row of the theater. At the same time, her mother attended orchestra rehearsals on a daily basis. One day Setsu overheard a Bach concerto that had been practiced two days before being sung by a two-year-old Midori.
Midori then often attempted to touch her mother's violin, even scaling the bench of the family piano to reach the instrument perched on top of the piano. Setsu gave Midori a 1/16-size violin for her third birthday and started teaching her the instrument.
Information regarding her dating life is not available.
At the age of six, Midori performed her first public performance in her hometown Osaka. She performed one of Paganini's 24 Caprices. Midori began studying the violin with Dorothy DeLay at the Pre-College Division of the Juilliard School in New York City after moving there with her mother.
Bach's thirteen-minute Chaconne, regarded as one of the most challenging solo violin works, was Midori's audition piece. She made her concert debut that year with the New York Philharmonic and conductor Zubin Mehta. She would later record with him on the Sony Classical label.
Midori gave a renowned rendition of Serenade by Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood in 1986. After four years, Midori left Juilliard Pre-College when she was 15 to pursue a career as a full-time professional violinist. She made her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut in October 1989, honoring her 18th birthday by performing Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2. She had her first Carnegie Hall concert four days before turning 19 in 1990. The reviews for both performances were excellent.
Midori Goto earned her diploma from the Professional Children's School, where she studied academic topics, in 1990. After learning about serious cuts to music instruction in US schools, she founded Midori and Friends in 1992. It is a non-profit organization that strives to provide music education to kids in New York City and Japan.
Midori earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and gender studies from the Gallatin School of New York University in 2000. Later, in 2005, she graduated from NYU with a master's degree in psychology.
Midori Goto was appointed a professor at the Thornton School of Music in 2004 and now holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair. She commuted between the two coasts for a while before settling permanently in Los Angeles in 2006. In 2007 she was given the position of Strings Department head.
In 2012, Midori Goto received an honorary doctorate in music from Yale University, the USC designation of distinguished professor, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences election.
Midori's non-profit organization, Music Sharing, received its autonomous organization certification in 2002. Music Sharing focuses on teaching young people about Western classical music and traditional Japanese music. They also provide disabled people with instrument lessons. Its International Community Engagement Program is a training course for selected budding musicians from across the world that encourages cross-cultural interaction and community involvement.
The Partners in Performance initiative, which focuses on classical music groups in smaller areas, was started by Midori in 2001. Midori introduced the Orchestra Residencies program for young orchestras in the United States in 2004.
Midori has received numerous awards, including the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year award, the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, the Kennedy Center Gold Medal in the Arts, and the Mellon Mentoring Award.
Goto was also named Artist of the Year by the Japanese government. She was the recipient of the 25th Suntory Music Award. Midori was selected as a United Nations Messenger of Peace in 2007. She was given the coveted Crystal Award in 2012 by the Davos-based Globe Economic Forum for her 20-year dedication to community involvement activities worldwide.
Midori also received one of the 43rd Kennedy Center Honors in May 2021. Together with the artist Cai Guo-Qiang, Midori received the John D. Rockefeller III Award in May 2022 from the Asian Cultural Council for her work in art and cultural exchange.
Midori Goto was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors in May 2021 in Washington, DC, for her lifetime of achievements in American culture. Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, and John Lithgow were among those who attended the ceremony.
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