Artist Bio

Rachel Kudo, piano

First prize winner of the International Johann Sebastian Bach Leipzig Competition, American pianist Rachel Kudo is captivating audiences around the globe with her “courageous and perfect playing,” and as an artist with “the highest artistic standards who demonstrates a perfection of technique and precision.” Rachel is recipient of a Gilmore Young Artist Award, named a Davidson Fellow Laureate by the Davidson Institute of Talent Development, and a three-time recipient of the Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship in Japan. She was twice invited to Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops, working with pianists Emanuel Ax and Sir Andràs Schiff. Rachel was a top prizewinner at the U.S. National Chopin Competition and a finalist at the 15th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received top honors as recipient of the Artur Rubinstein Prize, Chopin Prize, Sanders/Tel Aviv Art Museum Prize, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, and two-time winner of the Bachauer International Piano Competition. Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Rachel began her studies at the age of four with Emilio del Rosario. She worked with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode, Gilbert Kalish, Kum-Sing Lee, and Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.