Naoko Takao, pianist, Gold medalist of the 2000 San Antonio International Piano Competition, has distinguished herself as a musician of great versatility, thrilling audiences across America as a soloist as well as a chamber musician.
Ms. Takao’s recent engagements include appearances at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, a month-long residency at the Strathmore Music Center, and regular appearances in collaboration with such noted ensembles as the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Post Classical Ensemble, and the Left Bank Quartet at venues such as the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress, Lensic Performing Arts Center (Santa Fe), Domaine Forget (Canada), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (MD), and Festival Miami.
Highlights from this season include an all-Beethoven solo recital under the auspices of the San Antonio International Competition and San Antonio Symphony, a concerto appearance on Mozart’s K. 503 while she continues work as an enthusiastic advocate of newly composed music—Naoko has premiered many works to high critical and audience acclaim and works by Bright Sheng, Victoria Bond, and Charles Mason were added to her ever growing list of repertoire this year.
While not performing, her passion for teaching keeps her busy as a frequent adjudicator and clinician for students and teachers.
Since 2010, Ms. Takao has joined the faculty at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where her responsibility includes directorship for the new graduate piano pedagogy programs.