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Midori to give master class at the Jacobs School of Music Oct. 10

Acclaimed violinist Midori will visit the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music to offer a master class on Monday, Oct. 10, at 7:00 p.m. in Auer Hall. Four Jacobs School violinists--two graduates and two undergraduates--will participate in the class. The event is free and open to the public.

Since her debut at the age of 11 with the New York Philharmonic over 25 years ago, Midori has established a record of achievement which sets her apart as a master musician, an innovator and a champion of the developmental potential of children. Named a Messenger of Peace by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, she has created a new model for young artists who seek to balance the joys and demands of a performing career at the highest level with a hands-on investment in the power of music to change lives.

Midori's performing schedule is balanced between recitals, chamber music performances and appearances with the world's most prestigious orchestras. Her 2011-12 season will include recitals and master classes; tours of the U.S., Europe and Asia; and increasing her already extensive commitment to music education in her capacity as chair of the Strings Department at the University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Among the conductors with whom Midori will collaborate in the 2011-12 season are Christoph Eschenbach, Jun Märkl, Carl St.Clair, Vasily Petrenko, Andris Nelsons and Osmo Vänskä.

In 1992, Midori founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York which brings music education programs to thousands of underprivileged children each year. Two other organizations--Music Sharing, based in Japan, and Partners in Performance, based in the U.S.-- also bring music closer to the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Her commitment to community collaboration and outreach extends beyond these organizations to her work with young violinists in master classes all over the world and to her Orchestra Residencies Program in the U.S. In 2011-12, Midori will conduct community engagement programs in Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida, Japan and Peru.

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