Winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, pianist RACHEL KUDO made her orchestral debut at age sixteen performing with the Fort Worth and Chicago Symphony Orchestras. Further performances include Chopin's birth house "Zelazowa Wola," the Royal Castle in Poland, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Strathmore Mansion in Washington D.C., the Tivoli International Festival in Denmark, Bergen International Festival in Norway, Fazioli Concert Hall in Italy, Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, Joye in Aiken Festival, and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall in New York. 

Ms. Kudo is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she received 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 Competition. She has been invited to Carnegie Hall's Professional Training Workshops on two occasions, working with pianists Emanuel Ax and Sir Andras Schiff.
Born in Washington D.C. to Japanese-Korean parents, Ms. Kudo began studying piano at the age of four with Emilio del Rosario. She currently works with Leon Fleisher, and has studied with Kum-Sing Lee, Yoheved Kaplinsky, Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode, and Gilbert Kalish.