The internationally acclaimed violinist discusses a wide range of topics relevant to classical musicians.
Heather: Were there times when you got frustrated with practicing or playing when it came to something that you couldn’t get right away?
Midori: I think that’s something we all go through. And it’s not only as children and young musicians that we have our frustrations that we try so hard and we love our music so much and we love our instrument so much and we have so much respect for it.
Heather: And so with 5 - 6 hour of practicing a day, how did you balance that with homework and also being a kid?
Midori: I went to a regular school when I was growing up and I didn’t think the option of homeschool. I was not widely available at the time. I always liked having fun at school and hanging out with friends, and I particularly liked some classes, some subjects.
Heather: So now you're in a new school and learning a new language, what was the music, how did that translate going from one environment to the other and now how are the kids responding to music in your new school?
Midori: I think what was very different about my life in New York from when I was living in Japan was that I also started to go to music school, to the pre-college program in Juilliard which is once a week.