Library to showcase pianist

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.

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