Photo of concert violinist Midori holding a violin and smiling.

Midori named artistic director of Ravinia Steans Music Institute

Midori, a celebrated violinist and USC Thornton Judge Widney Professor of Music, has been named artistic director of the piano and strings program at Ravinia Steans Music Institute (RSMI). She will succeed esteemed violinist Miriam Fried, who has held the position since 1994.

Her new appointment, effective fall 2023, will involve leading young professional musicians through immersive and intensive rehearsals and coachings with a rotating roster of some of the world’s finest teaching artists, including herself.

“I am very much looking forward to being involved in RSMI in this new capacity. Working with young musicians has been central to my career, and this program is one of the most important of its kind in the music field. It has been led for the last 30 years by Miriam Fried, and I am honored to inherit her remarkable legacy as I lead the program forward in the coming years,” Midori said.

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