She’s only 17 years old, but pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo has already given recitals and concerto performances around the world. As part of Chopin Festival 2005, Kudo will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale.
At age 16, Kudo performed Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and played Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She is a three-time scholarship recipient of the Miami-based Chopin Foundation of the United States.
The suburban Chicago teenager was most recently named second-prize winner at the Seventh National Chopin Competition of the United States, and she was also the youngest prizewinner. She was named a 2004 Davidson Fellow Laureate, a prestigious $50,000 scholarship award endowed by the Davidson Institute of Talent Development in Reno, Nev. She also won the 2003 Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Youth Auditions.