with Özgür Aydin, piano



“Midori has a technical finesse and certainty of style that are unmatched.” Die Presse

Midori performs the thirty-third concert season of her professional career in 2016, a life in music characterised by excellence, imagination and generosity. She made her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta and since then she has established herself as one of the world’s leading solo artists, an educator and an innovative community engagement activist, devoted to the cause of changing lives with music.

The attentiveness and joy that Midori brings to making music radiates into the concert hall – and not just during her performances: she thinks deeply and writes sensitively about the music she plays. In repertoire that encompasses the Baroque to today, Midori’s eloquence and precision are placed in the service of the music. Or rather, she inhabits the pieces, finding the purest expression of the composer’s voice, brought to life with the hall-filling sound of her violin. The sum-total of this sound and this intelligence is simply, wonderfully Midori.

Midori guides us through that most musical of cities, Vienna: home to Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Johann Strauss, Schoenberg and the birthplace of the waltz. The violin is the star of many of the finest Viennese works – graceful, expressive and virtuosic – ideal music for a star violinist like Midori.

Marshall McGuire, Head of Artistic Planning on Midori:

It’s hard to remember a time when Midori’s name wasn’t well known, having been a performer since early childhood. In addition to being an outstanding performer, she is a devoted and gifted educator, a prolific blogger, a multi-award-winner, and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. With her 1734 del Gesù “ex-Huberman” violin in hand, we’re full of eager anticipation for Midori’s Melbourne Recital Centre debut.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


A Night in Vienna

Franz Liszt
Soirées de Vienne after Schubert

Arnold Schoenberg
Phantasy Op.47

Johannes Brahms
Sonata in G, Op.78

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Violin Sonata No.32 in B-flat, K.454

Franz Schubert
Fantasia in C, D.934


Join Monica Curro for a pre-concert talk from 6.45pm – 7.15pm in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.