Midori works with Oregon students in master class
Violinist Midori, renowned as much for her commitment to youth education as for her concert performances, begins her Oregon Bach Festival residency Saturday, July 6 with a free public master class involving four of Oregon’s top young violinists. The master class takes place in Beall Concert Hall at 2 pm, and is free and open to the public. Each student will perform for 30 minutes under Midori’s guidance.
The master class caps a full day of teaching activities for Midori. Earlier on Saturday, in non-public sessions, she works with 12 Eugene-area Suzuki students ages 4-8, and with several violinists of different age and ability levels from the Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra (formerly Arts Umbrella), a follow-up to her 2012 residency with the Eugene Symphony. Midori performs with the Oregon Bach Festival in Beall Concert Hall Sunday, July 7 in an all-Bach solo recital. Midori’s residency made possible by generous underwriting from Jenny Jonak and Mike Bragg.
- Chloe Brown, 14, attends Ashland High School. She is a member of the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon and is an actor with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She has attended many Suzuki workshops and chamber music institutes, most recently the Montecito International Music Festival.
- Kristin Qian, 15, is a Portland violinist, pianist, and composer who performed her first concert at age 4. In 2011 she was concertmaster of the American High School Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
- Ermina Lee, 15, attends Valley Catholic High School of Portland. She is a member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic and has studied with Andrew Ehrlich since age six.
- Vicki Niu is a junior at Portland’s Lincoln High School. She is co-concertmaster of the Portland Youth Conservatory Orchestra and plays first violin in the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She maintains a 4.0 GPA and was a 2013 Chemistry Olympiad finalist.