Biography


'hugely-gifted soloist of the younger generation' - The Quarterly Review

 

Midori Komachi  Violinist - Writer - Composer 

 

Midori has performed as a soloist extensively throughout Europe and Japan.

She has appeared in some of the world's most prestigious venues, including Tonhalle Zurich, Tokyo Opera City Hall, Philharmony Warsaw, Wigmore Hall, and the Rector's Palace (Croatia).

 
Now basing her work in London and Tokyo, Midori’s performances have been frequently featured on TV and Radio. In 2017, NHK TV broadcast a documentary about her projects to promote works by British and Japanese composers in both countries. In Spring 2018, Midori joined BBC Radio 3 for the Japanese music season Night Blossoms, introducing many leading composers and artists from Japan. 

 

Midori is also a bilingual writer in English and Japanese, particularly known for her expertise in 20th Century British composers.

 

In 2017, her first book, a Japanese translation of Eric Fenby's classic book of recollections Delius as I knew him (1936) was published in Japan. This became the first ever resource on Delius to be published in Japanese, and has been featured on the national press, such as 'Book of the Week' on the Mainichi Newspaper.

Midori also founded the 'Delius Project' in Japan, an initiative involving publication, recordings and events in order to disseminate the works of Delius. 

 

Midori also writes for her Japanese web column 'London Studio' (Studio 18 Japan), introducing British music to the audience in Japan.

 

In 2014, the release of her 1st album Colours of the Heart gained critical acclaim and led to a UK tour which was supported by Arts Council England. 

Her 2nd album Warp & Weft featuring rare works by British composers, was selected for 'BA Recommends' on British Airways in-flight entertainment, and has been featured on board since July 2017. 

 

As a composer, Midori has received some important commissions.

In 2017, Midori wrote a new piece for Maggie's Centre's 'LIFE' Exhibition at Christie's London, in collaboration with Ski Oakenfull. 

In 2018, her pieces Song of Kokiriko for violin and field recordings, and Tranquility were released by Nonclassical. 

Summer 2018 sees Midori's piece for 'Musicity x Sculpture in the City' installed at Undershaft in the City of London, along with a new sculpture. 

 

Midori studied in Basel, Switzerland at the age of 12 where she was accepted exceptionally as a “Young Talented Student” at the Basel Music Conservatoire. Subsequently she made her debut as a soloist with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. 

 

Midori is a recipient of numerous prizes, including 1st Prize at competitions Max Pirani Prize and Sir Arthur Bliss Prize, as well as receiving the Friends of RAM/Honorary Patrons' Development Award and MBF Emerging Excellence Award. 

 

In October 2012, Midori completed her Master of Music degree with Distinction at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was supported by the Seary Charitable Trust and the William Barry Trust. Over these years she studied with Maurice Hasson and Tomotada Soh.

 

Along with her performing career, Midori has founded various concert projects based on several research topics. In 2012, her Delius Project culminated in a series of her concerts in London, Cambridge and Tokyo. This project was featured in the Arts & Collections International Magazine and the Nikkei Newspaper (Financial Times) in Japan. In January 2013 she was awarded the Delius Society Certificate for her performances of the Delius Violin Sonatas.

 

Since 2012, Midori has developed a cultural exchange project in UK and Japan, introducing works by composers from both countries. For this project she has been supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Britten-Pears Foundation, Holst Foundation and Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust. In 2012 she led a series of workshops with composers Nicola LeFanu and Yuka Takechi, and in 2013 worked with Toshio Hosokawa, performing his Elegy for Solo Violin in Tokyo and London to high critical acclaim.

 

 

 

 

 

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