Twenty-one-year-old pianist Naomi Kudo is fast establishing a rising reputation for her fresh and versatile abilities as both a soloist and chamber musician. A newly-named winner of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Kudo was born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents. Since her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at age sixteen, Kudo has played in venues around the world including the United States, Japan, Italy, Poland, France, and Austria.
While continuing her attendance at the Juilliard School to pursue her undergraduate studies with Yoheved Kaplinsky, Kudo was named the School`s recipient of the Chopin Prize and winner of the 2007 and 2008 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition.
Hailed by critics as “an extraordinary pianist who promises to be become a legend in this new century“, twenty-one-year-old pianist Naomi Kudo is fast establishing a rising reputation for her fresh and versatile artistry as a soloist and chamber musician.
Winner of the 2008 Gilmore Young Artist Award, Naomi was born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents. She began studying piano at the age of four with Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago, and later studied with Kum-Sing Lee of the Vancouver Music Academy. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School as a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky.
Naomi made her orchestral debut at age sixteen performing Tchaikovsky`s First Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and, later that same year, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Orchestra Hall playing Falla`s Nights in the Gardens of Spain
The recipient of the Chopin Prize and consecutive winner of the 2007 and 2008 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition at the Juilliard School, Naomi has received international recognition in several competitions: as the only American finalist at the Fifteenth International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (2005); Second Prize at the National Chopin Competition of the United States (2005); First Prize at the Oberlin International Piano Competition (2003); and First Prize at the National Student Music Concours of Japan (1999). Also an avid chamber musician, she has won the silver medal at the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Naomi received the 2003 I.M.A. Music Award of Japan and a Level I Award at the 2005 National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts` Arts Recognition and Talent Search. Named a prestigious 2004 Davidson Fellow Laureate, she was awarded a $50,000 scholarship by the Davidson Institute of Talent Development.
Recently, Naomi was invited to participate in the 2007 Emanuel Ax Professional Training Workshop at Carnegie Hall and also made numerous appearances as a guest artist at the 2008 Gilmore International Keyboard Festival.
Highlights of her career include performances at the Fifty-Sixth International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland; the “New Names of the 21st Century“ International Music Festival in Russia; the Nagoya International Youth Music Festival in Japan; Chopin`s birth house “Zelazowa Wola“, Lazienki Park, and the Royal Castle in Poland; the Stradivarius Museum in Cremona; the Salle Cortot in Paris; the Musikverein in Vienna; the Aspen Music Festival; the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago; the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall in New York; and the Opening Night Gala Celebration for the Music Institute of Chicago honoring conductor Sir Andrew Davis.
Naomi`s appearances with orchestra include the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Reno Philharmonic, and the Ars Viva, Montgomery, Fort Collins, Southwest Florida, Northbrook, Everett, Oak Park, Southwest Michigan, and Fukui (in Japan) orchestras. She has been featured on WFMT Chicago radio`s “Impromptu,“ “Introductions,“ and WQXR New York radio`s “Young Artists Showcase“ programs; and she is a four-time scholarship recipient from the Chopin Foundation of the United States.
Naomi is featured in Defining Chopin, a film documentary about four American pianists competing in the 2005 Fifteenth International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.