Violinist Midori has joined the faculty of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as Jascha Heifetz Chair in Music. The Heifetz Chair was established in 1974 in honor of the great violinist and pedagogue Jascha Heifetz, who taught at USC from 1962 to 1982. Midoriís appointment commences in the Fall of 2004.
Dr. Robert A. Cutietta, Dean of the Thornton School of Music, said "Midori is extraordinarily well-suited to her new role in USC's broad academic setting. She will be an excellent mentor for our students because she combines the highest level of artistry appropriate to a conservatory and the intellectual curiosity appropriate to a research university." She will also be treating a whole range of topics relating to the realities of the life of a professional musician, a subject often untouched by conservatories and music schools.
"Iím excited by the opportunity USC will provide to explore music instruction beyond the traditional paradigm of the one-to-one imparting of instrumental skills," stated Midori. "Participating in the formation of integrated artists who are complete human beings is at the center of my concerns as an educator, as these issues were of vital importance to me as a student. I also greatly enjoy engaging students in a more holistic approach to music education, with all the collaboration and discipline that requires," she said.
Midori adds her USC appointment to an active schedule of 90 concerts a year, a faculty position at the Manhattan School of Music, and her involvement in the many projects generated annually by her outreach organizations: Midori & Friends (U.S.), Music Sharing (Japan), Partners in Performance (U.S.), University Residencies Program (U.S.), and Orchestra Residencies Program (U.S.).


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