"I’m extremely excited about re-locating to Philadelphia to begin working at Curtis, the very institution that has trained a great number of the musicians I most respect," Midori said in a press release.
Midori will not be replacing an outgoing faculty member at Curtis but will join a violin faculty that includes Shmuel Ashkenasi, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Aaron Rosand, and Arnold Steinhardt.
For the last 14 years, Midori, 45, has served on the faculty of the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music as distinguished professor, department chair for eight years, and as the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin. Before that, Midori served on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music. She will teach full-time at USC through May 2018 and assume a role as a visiting artist in fall 2018.
"We at USC Thornton are extremely grateful for Midori’s many years of innovative teaching and leadership," said Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. "She has been tremendous for our strings program, and we’re happy that she will continue, going forward, to have a relationship with our students as a visiting artist."
"I am thankful for the time spent and the opportunities I have had at USC Thornton," Midori said. "I was privileged to be part of an incredible growth in the Strings Department over the last 10 years, and it was always truly inspiring to be in an environment where challenges were met with creativity and enthusiasm, and problems were solved with positive rigor. The tenure I have had at Thornton was one of great learning, inspiration, and personal growth and I’m looking forward to continuing my work with Thornton students for the foreseeable future in a different capacity."
Midori first came to prominence as a child prodigy who gave her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 11 and studied at The Juilliard School with Dorothy DeLay. Her solo career continues to flourish, and her recordings include 19 albums, most recently Bach’s Violin Sonatas and Partitas and The Art of Midori.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Midori will visit Curtis a number of times to give masterclasses, attend student-centered activities, and work with students participating in the school’s community engagement programs and Artist-Citizen courses.
"Nurturing younger generations of musicians through lessons, coachings, and community collaborative activities has been closely intertwined with my teaching responsibilities," Midori said. "Community-building through music and connecting with young musicians are an important part of my career, and I look forward to exploring with them how we, as artists, can all become more a part of the culture of our community, particularly in Philadelphia. With this return to the East Coast I will also be close to New York City, where I grew up and still have family, as well as one of my non-profit organizations, Midori & Friends."
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