April 22 Naomi Yamaguchi – Piano Prodigy
About the performer:
Naomi Yamaguchi is 12 years old and is a seventh grader at West Middle School in Rochester Hills, Michigan. She began her piano studies at the age of four.
In 2011 at the age of seven, she made her Carnegie Hall debut, playing twice in one week. She made her orchestral debut playing Mozart Piano Concerto K488 in A Major at the age of nine with the Orchard Lake Philharmonic Society. Naomi has performed at the Consulate of Japan in a Hinamatsuri event, Young Artist World Piano Festival in Minnesota with the Festival Orchestra featuring members of Minnesota Orchestra and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Music for Cure charity event, Port Huron Musicale, Detroit Pro Musica Luncheon concert. She has been invited to perform at Detroit Institute of Arts "Friday Night Live!" event every May since 2014.
Naomi was featured at the Rising Star of Tomorrow Concert at Music Fest Perugia and also performed Mozart's Concerto K491 in C minor with Festival Orchestra in Perugia, Italy in 2016.
Naomi received the Doreen Wessell Taylor Piano Award from Tuesday Musicale of Detroit and Betty Brewster Scholarship from Cranbrook Music Guild after her successful benefit solo concert in November, 2015. Also, she has been selected annually since 2013 as the youngest winner of the James Tatum Foundation’s Millennium Prodigy Scholars which features performances, including an appearance at Detroit Symphony's Orchestra Hall each year.
Naomi has played in Master Classes with Boris Berman, Joseph Kalichstein, Marina Lomazov, John O'Conor, Matti Raekallio, Nelita True, and Oxana Yablonskaya.
Naomi loves sharing her talent with the community. She has given personal concerts in many retirement homes across the Michigan and Ohio area and was recognized by City of Rochester Hills for her volunteer work and the inspiration and joy she has brought to people through her piano performances.