Midori, the renowned Japanese American violinist who shot to international fame as a child prodigy and grew up in the eyes of the public, is expecting a child of her own. A representative for Midori confirmed the musician’s pregnancy, saying that she is in her first trimester.
The representative declined to offer additional information on Midori’s pregnancy. In recent years, the violinist has lived in Los Angeles and is currently the chair of the strings department at USC’s Thornton School of Music.
The 42-year-old Midori has had to cancel some performances on advice of her physician, including concerts with the New York Philharmonic and Aspen Festival Orchestra, both of which were to take place this month in Colorado. She is still scheduled to appear later this month at the Ravinia Festival in Illinois.
Midori, whose full name is Midori Goto, was born in Japan but has lived most of her life in the U.S. She gained international attention at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic. She currently juggles her soloist career with her academic responsibilities at USC.
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[Updated: A previous version of this post stated that at age 11, Midori was a last-minute substitute with the New York Philharmonic. A spokeswoman for the violinist said that Midori was a late addition to that program, not a substitute.]