Midori, Cindy, Helena and Peter contribute to a running blog about their ICEP Japan experiences.
Photo: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of 11, Midori has established a record of achievement that sets her apart as a master musician, innovator and champion of the developmental potential of children. In 1992, she founded Midori & Friends, a non-profit organization in New York that brings music education programs to thousands of underprivileged children each year. Two other organizations, Music Sharing (based in Japan) and Partners in Performance (based in the US), also bring music into the lives of people who may not otherwise have involvement with the arts. Midori holds the Jascha Heifetz Chair and is Chair of the Strings Department at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. She also gives master classes internationally and leads an Orchestra Residencies Program. In 2007, Midori was named a Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu (Violin)
Violinist Tien-Hsin “Cindy” Wu enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Having appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Russian State Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Ms. Wu has also collaborated in concert with Gary Graffman, Gary Hoffman, Kim Kashkashian, Ida Kavafian, William Preucil, Thomas Quasthoff, and members of the Alban Berg, Guarneri, Orion, and Tokyo string quartets at prominent venues as the Kennedy Centery, Library of Congress and Alice Tully Hall. A dedicated educator, Ms. Wu will begin teaching violin this fall as an adjunct professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
Helena Baillie (Viola)
Helena Baillie graduated from The Curtis Institute of Music on violin and viola. Her 2008 New York recital debut was hailed by Strad magazine for its “brilliance and poignance.” Helena has performed chamber music with Pinchas Zukerman and with the Beaux Arts Trio. She has performed for the Alexander Schneider Series at Carnegie Hall and given recitals throughout Europe and America. She received the Barenreiter prize at the 2004 ARD competition and prizes at the 2001 Banff and 2003 Tertis competitions. Helena is honored to be named the 2010 Artist-Fellow at the Bard College Conservatory of Music in New York.
Photo: Robert George
Peter Myers (Cello)
Cellist Peter Myers received his Master’s degree with Ralph Kirshbaum at the University of Southern California, and his Bachelor’s degree at the Colburn Conservatory with Ronald Leonard. He is a repeated participant of the Marlboro Music Festival, and has performed with such musicians as Richard Goode, Arnold Steinhardt, and Michael Tree. He was the founding cellist of the Saguaro Piano Trio, which won First Prize in the 2009 International Chamber Music Competition Hamburg. Mr. Myers is also a composer; he was recently commissioned by violist Kim Kashkashian to write a work for viola and percussion.