SYO Masterclass with Midori Goto to be sponsored by Bijl Architecture

In June 2016, Japanese violin virtuoso Midori Goto will visit Sydney to work as a soloist with sections of the Sydney Youth Orchestras. This intensive full-day workshop will include string masterclasses, Q&A discussion sessions, performance practice and concerto preparation and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the young musicians of the SYO.

Performance at UNHQ by Messenger of Peace Midori. Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Performance at UNHQ by Messenger of Peace Midori. Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten

Midori Goto, professionally known simply as Midori, was born in Osaka, Japan, and from the age of three studied violin with her mother, Setsu Goto. Midori made her debut at the New York Philharmonic's New Year's Eve concert in 1982, when she was 10. An undeniably charismatic performer, Midori has for much of her career remained within the boundaries of the mainstream violin concerto repertoire from Bach to Bartók. Midori's numerous awards include both musical and humanitarian honors. She was a winner, in 2001, of the Avery Fisher Prize, and in 2007 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon named her an official UN Messenger of Peace. 

Bijl Architecture is thrilled to be the sponsor of Midori's visit. "Midori is an outstanding role-model for these young musicians, not only in her music, but also her philanthropic work," says Bijl Architecture Director, Melonie Bayl-Smith. "This is an incredible opportunity for those young musicians."

Melonie won the live action bidding for the opportunity to sponsor Midori's visit and workshop during the SYO Gala event on 15 October. Bijl Architecture is an ongoing corporate sponsor of the Sydney Youth Orchestras.

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