Rachel Kudo


American Japanese
Washington D.C.
7 April 1987


Second Prize: US National Frederic Chopin Piano Competition (USA)
Fifth Prize: Dublin International Piano Competition (Ireland)
Winner: Gilmore Young Artist Award (USA)

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Rachel Kudo began studying piano at the age of four with the late Emilio del Rosario at the Music Institute of Chicago. She later studied with Professor Kum-Sing Lee, Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky, Professor Joseph Kalichstein, Richard Goode and Professor Gilbert Kalish. She graduated with top honours from the Juilliard School.

Rachel made her orchestral debuts at age sixteen with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and has since appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, among others. She has made appearances at the International Chopin Festival Duszniki-Zdroj (Poland), Tivoli International Festival (Denmark), Bergen International Festival (Norway), Nagoya International Youth Music Festival (Japan) and the Juilliard in Aiken Festival (USA).

She has performed at the Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel, Aspen Music Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York.


2016 Competition Repertoire

Round 1: 20-Minute Recital

  1. Sonata in A Major K.332
  2. Sonata in A minor K.175
Johannes Brahms: Variations on a theme by Paganini Op.35 Book I

Round 2: 30-Minute Recital

Aaron Copland: The Cat and the Mouse
  1. Étude No.1 ‘pour les cinq doigts d’après Monsieur Czerny’
  2. Étude No.2 ‘pour les tierces’ (thirds)
  3. Étude No.3 ‘pour les quartes’ (fourths)
  1. Lento
  2. Leggiero e legato

Round 1: 65-Minute Recital

  1. Overture
  2. Courante
  3. Gavotte
  4. Passepied
  5. Sarabande
  6. Bourée I/II
  7. Gigue
  8. Echo
  1. Allegro
  2. Scherzo. Allegretto vivace
  3. Menuetto. Moderato e grazioso
  4. Presto con fuoco
  1. Allegro energico
  2. Allegro vivace e leggero
  3. Adagio mesto
  4. Fuga: Allegro con spirito

Round 2: Accompaniment/Chamber Music

  1. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
  2. Andante con variazioni
  3. Presto
  1. Allegro, ma non tanto
  2. Dumka: Andante con moto
  3. Scherzo (Furiant): molto vivace
  4. Finale: Allegro

Round 1: 18th Century Concerto

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro vivace assai

Round 2: 19th or 20th Century Concerto

  1. Allegro non troppo
  2. Allegro appassionato
  3. Andante
  4. Allegretto grazioso