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RENO, Nev. (January 2007)Nineteen-year-old pianist Rachel Naomi Kudo of Northbrook, Ill. is the featured soloist for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra’s MasterClassics 4 concert on Sunday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. She will perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto to celebrate the work’s 100th anniversary.


In 2004, Kudo was named a Davidson Fellow Laureate and received a $50,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development ( – a national non-profit foundation based in Reno whose mission is to support profoundly gifted young people. The Davidson Institute is underwriting Kudo’s Reno performance.


Currently attending The Juilliard School, Kudo has been playing concertos and concertinas on the piano since she was 4 years old. A fluent speaker of Japanese, Korean and English, Kudo realized early that her music had the ability to touch people in ways words could not. At the age of 16, she performed Tchaikovsky's Concerto No.1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall playing Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain. Kudo was the only American finalist at the 15th International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition held in Warsaw (2005). With experience performing for audiences in Belgium, Italy, Japan, Poland and Russia, Kudo won first prize at the 2003 Oberlin International Piano Competition.


The January concerts will celebrate the Martin Luther King weekend with Scherzo from Afro-American Symphony, a piece written by William Grant Still, the first African-American composer to write for orchestra. In addition, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 will be performed on the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich’s birth.  All ticket holders are invited to join Barry Jekowsky for a free, pre-concert presentation, “A Preview from the Podium,” a half-hour prior to each performance to hear him speak about the composers and the works the orchestra will perform.


Tickets start at $24 and interested parties should purchase tickets early, as this likely will be a sold-out show.  Discounts are available to seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.  For more information or tickets log onto or call the Reno Philharmonic Association business office at (775) 323-6393.


Summary of Calendar Information

MasterClassics 4 – Sunday, January 14, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, January 16, 7:30 p.m.; Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

                William Grant Still – Scherzo from Afro-American Symphony

                Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto, featuring Rachel Kudo, Piano

                Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony No. 10  


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