Rachel Kudo

Pianist Rachel Kudo, first prize winner of the 2018 Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, will perform a free concert in Glidden Recital Hall, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m.

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School of Music Presents Celebrated Visiting Pianist, Rachel Kudo, for Free Public Performance


The Ohio University School of Music presents a concert performance by the celebrated pianist, Rachel Kudo, on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Glidden Recital Hall. Admission to this concert is free and open to the public.

A first prize winner of the 2018 Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition, American pianist Rachel Kudo, a recitalist, soloist and chamber musician, has been captivating audiences around the globe with her "stunning virtuosity."

Kudo made her orchestral debut performing Tchaikovsky's First Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Falla's “Nights in the Gardens of Spain.” She has appeared as a soloist with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Poland and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, among others.

Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Kudo began studying piano at the age of 4 with the late Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago and later graduated from the Juilliard School. During her time at Julliard, she was a recipient of the Chopin Prize, a prize awarded to offer performance opportunities and financial support to young American pianists. She currently divides her time between New York City and Venice, Italy.

Following her recital debut at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland, Kudo has performed on stages around the world, including Chopin's birth house "Zelazowa Wola," Lazienki Park and the Royal Castle in Poland, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Stradivarius Museum in Cremona, Aspen Music Festival, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage and Strathmore Mansion in Washington, D.C.

Kudo’s recital is free and open to the public, made possible through support from Arts for OHIO, Ohio University Performing Arts Series and Dr. George Weckman.