Artist Bio

Rachel Naomi Kudo, piano

Winner of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Naomi Kudo made her orchestral debut at age sixteen with the Fort Worth and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Subsequent highlights include performances at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Musikverein in Vienna, Salle Cortot in Paris, Royal Castle in Warsaw, Chopin's birth house ÷Zelazowa Wola', and at the Tel Aviv Art Museum in Israel. While earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees under the tutelage of Yoheved Kaplinsky and Joseph Kalichstein from the Juilliard School, she was awarded the School's 2007 Chopin Prize, 2009 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, 2011 Sanders/Tel Aviv Museum Recital Prize, and was a consecutive winner of two Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions. Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Naomi began studying piano at the age of four with Emilio del Rosario and later with Kum-Sing Lee. Naomi currently studies with Richard Goode at the Mannes College of Music.