Born in Osaka, Japan in 1971, Midori received her first violin at the age of 4 years old, when she began studying violin under the direction of her mother. In 1981, they moved to the United States so that Midori could further her studies at the Aspen Summer Music School and the pre-college division of the Juilliard School.
Midori began touring the world in 1986. Today, she performs over 100 concerts worldwide each season. However, despite her rigorous performing schedule, Midori finds time to engage the community and founded the non-profit organizations, Midori & Friends in New York City and Music Sharing in Japan.
When she is not on the road, Midori lives in Los Angeles. Spark caught up with the violinist for a one-night appearance at San Francisco Performances.