Naomi Kudo
November 10, 2013



Hailed by critics as “an extraordinary pianist who promises to become a legend in this new century”, pianist Naomi Kudo has been captivating audiences around the globe with her “stunning virtuosity” and “miracle of flawless technique and expressive versatility” as recitalist, soloist and chamber musician.

Born in Washington, D.C., but growing up in Chicago and Japan, Naomi started piano lessons at 4 years old. She earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School and currently studies with Richard Goode at the Mannes College of Music as a current scholarship recipient of the Rohm Music Foundation in Japan.

Kudo made her recital debut at the International Chopin Festival in Duszniki-Zdroj, Poland at age 14. She was only 16 when she made her orchestral debut, performing Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. That same year, she performed in Spain with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and has gone on to play with several orchestras around the world.

She was awarded the 2007 Chopin Prize and was a consecutive winner of two Gina Bachauer International Piano Competitions, the most prestigious prize at the Juilliard School of Music. In 2008, she received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.

Kudo has received the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship at Juilliard, was Juilliard’s recipient of the 2009 Arthur Rubinstein Prize and won the 2011 Juilliard/Sanders/Tel Aviv Museum Recital Prize.


Haydn Sonata Hob.XVI/52 in E flat major (1794)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Finale: Presto

Chopin Waltz Op.34 No.1 in A flat major (1835-38)

Chopin Ballade No.1 Op.23 in G minor (1835-36)

Chopin Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise Brillante Op.22 in E flat major (1830-35)

- intermission –

Schumann Carnaval Op.9 (1834-35)

1. Préambule
2. Pierrot
3. Arlequin
4. Valse noble
5. Eusebius
6. Florestan
7. Coquette
8. Réplique
9. Papillons
10. Lettres dansantes
11. Chiarina
12. Chopin
13. Estrella
14. Reconnaissance
15. Pantalon et Colombine
16. Valse allemande
17. Paganini
18. Aveu
19. Promenade
20. Pause
21. Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins


Greg Lemke, the Françoise Gilot-Salk Chair, is a professor in the Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory. His lab uses molecular genetics to study the regulation of signaling networks that control nervous system development and immune system function.

Much of the Lemke lab’s work is focused on signaling through receptor tyrosine kinases (RTKs) of the TAM and Eph receptor families. The Lemke lab is interested in how expression gradients of Eph receptors are established across fields of developing neurons, and how these interacting RTK gradients function during the topographic wiring of the eye to the brain. The systems biology of the TAM RTKs in the mature immune system is a second major focus of the lab. These receptors, and their integration and regulation of the innate immune response, were both initially described by Dr. Lemke’s group. The lab is studying the role that TAM RTKs play in the maintenance of cellular homeostasis in macrophages, dendritic cells, and B cells, and are particularly interested in the role that dysregulation of the TAM signaling network plays in (a) the development of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, and (b) the course of infection by influenza, West Nile, and dengue viruses.