Midori is an accomplished classical violinist who has performed recital appearances with many of the world’s major orchestras. Midori’s University Lectures presentation will include a performance and a conversation with Syracuse Symphony Orchestra director Daniel Hege. In addition, while in Syracuse she will conduct a master class for local violin students, and perform with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Beyond her music, Midori is well known for her dedication to what she believes is an issue of crucial and every-growing importance—access to music for all—and to this end, has personally founded five outreach organizations to address the problem. Her first organization, Midori & Friends, was started in 1992 in response to serious cutbacks in music education in New York City schools and to date over 120,000 school students have benefited from this program.