Midori Samson is a bassoonist, educator, and advocate for the arts. She has performed in the Austin, Charleston, Lubbock, and New World symphonies, National Orchestral Institute, New York String Orchestra, and Pacific Music Festival. Her chamber music appearances include the Banff Centre, Norfolk and Bowdoin International music festivals, and Elliott Carter’s 102nd birthday party. She has performed as a soloist with the Nairobi Orchestra, and in recitals at New York’s Philippine Consulate and Brevard Music Center. Most recently, she was the Texas young artist winner of the Music Teachers National Association competition.
Midori has presented guest masterclasses at Wright State University, the University of Santo Tomas, and Philippine High School for the Arts. Through organizations like Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), she continues to lead arts education initiatives and volunteer with children in places like Austin, New Orleans, New York, Guatemala, India, and The Philippines. She is the co-founder of Trade Winds, a woodwind quintet that volunteers in Kenya and Tanzania, and a project for which she won the Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” Prize, and the McGraw-Hill Foundation Award for Music Education and Community Outreach.
Midori is a native of Portland, Oregon and holds degrees from The Juilliard School and The University of Texas at Austin. In her free time, she stays busy caring for her rabbit Fang, and cooking a meal from every country of the world week-by-week.