Hailed by critics as “an extraordinary pianist who promises to become a legend in this new century,” pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo has been captivating audiences around the globe with her “stunning virtuosity” and “miracle of flawless technique and expressive versatility” as recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician. Winner of the prestigious Gilmore Young Artist Award, Naomi has also received international recognition as prizewinner in the U.S. National Chopin Competition and the Dublin International Piano Competition. She is recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, I.M.A. Music Award of Japan, and the Rohm Music Foundation Scholarship in Japan. Naomi graduated with top honors from the Juilliard School, receiving the Chopin Prize, Arthur Rubinstein Prize, Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship, Juilliard/Sanders/Tel Aviv Museum Recital Prize, and was two-time winner of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions. She was twice invited to Carnegie Hall’s Professional Training Workshops, culminating in masterclasses and concerts at Carnegie Hall, working with pianists Emanuel Ax and Andras Schiff. Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Naomi began studying piano at the age of four with the late Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago, and later studied with Kum-Sing Lee, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode, and Gilbert Kalish.