Biography

 

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

 

Midori Komachi  

Solo Violinist - Writer - Composer 

Broadcaster, British Airways in-flight entertainment

Adjunct Lecturer, Queen's University (Canada) 


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

Midori made her debut as a soloist at the age of 12 with the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Howard Griffiths. Since then, 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 appears frequently on TV and Radio, particularly focusing on introducing music from the UK and Japan in both countries. In 2017, NHK TV broadcast a documentary about her projects in both countries. In Spring 2018, Midori joined BBC Radio 3for the Japanese music season Night Blossoms, introducing many leading composers and artists from Japan. Currently, Midori is a presenter/curator for her radio programme Midori Selects on British Airways in-flight entertainment. 

 

Midori enjoys a diverse career in bridging UK and Japanese cultures through music. Her recent projects include writing original music in collaboration with UK cosmetic brand Lush. Summer 2019 saw Midori appearing on All Nippon Airways commercial, introducing the new luxury cabin designed by architect Kengo Kuma and British designers Acumen. 

 

Her discography has gained critical acclaim in both UK and Japan. Her 1st album Colours of the Heart  received enthusiastic reviews from publications such as The Strad, International Record Review and was chosen as a recommended disc by Record Geijutsu. In 2014, her CD release UK tour was supported by Arts Council England.
Her 2nd album Warp & Weft (EM Records) features rare works by 20th& 21stCentury British composers. 

 

Writer

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

 

Composer

As a composer, Midori has collaborated with exhibitions and artists from various genres. 

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,  Midori wrote a site-specific piece commissioned by 'Musicity x Sculpture in the City', which has been installed at Undershaft in the City of London. 

Midori's compositions have been released by the Nonclassical label. 

 

Concert Projects

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.

 

Education

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. 

 

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.

 

In 2019 Midori was appointed adjunct lecturer at Queen’s University (Canada) and the UK Campus, the Bader International Studies Centre. 

 

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