Midori Takes Her Seat at the Thornton School
Midori has started her position as Jascha Heifetz Chair at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, a post that had remained unfilled for several years. Meanwhile, Michael Hersch’s new violin sonata, "the wreckage of flowers," written for Midori, receives its UK premiere in her hands at London’s Barbican on October 27. The US premiere follows on December 7 at Carnegie Hall.
Violinists Jasper Wood (shown above) and Eugenia Choi have joined the faculty at the strings division of the School of Music at the University of British Columbia. Wood, who made his orchestral debut at age 13, has performed with various ensembles throughout the world, ranging from Baroque performance groups to contemporary ensembles. Choi, who established her solo career at a young age, is completing her doctoral degree at the Juilliard School.