College coup: Midori joins Curtis

June 27, 2017 by norman lebrecht


Peter Dobrin reports:

She will phase in her involvement, visiting Curtis numerous times in the coming season, and taking up the post fulltime at the start of the 2018-19 school year.

“I’m very much looking forward to making the move,” said the violinist, 45, who has been on the faculty of University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for 14 years. She cited Curtis’ approach as one appeal of the job – the “commitment Curtis has to nurturing younger musicians to prepare them not just to play the instrument, but to also become responsible citizens. It’s a very comprehensive education for someone pursuing a musical career, and it’s a very intriguing position.”

More here. Midori herself studied at Juilliard.

Comments (7)

  1. Ben says:


  2. Anthony says:

    And this is a coup because she is known for her teaching/coaching skills?

    1. MacroV says:

      She’s been teaching at USC for 14 years, so I would imagine so. Plus she’s big gun; interesting that she has the time.

    2. John says:

      Do you have some kind of personal experience with her in those roles that makes you say this?

      1. Ben says:

        Do you have some kind of personal experience with her in those roles that makes you question what Macrov has said?

      2. MacroV says:

        No, but I once stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

  3. Luigi Nonono says:

    Hahaha. In her interview, she never once mentioned the word “art.” A lot about community engagement, which is not the job of classical music. But she never was an artist, to my ears. But the direction the Curtis Institute of Music seems to be making these days has nothing to do with the art of music.

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