Naoko Takao is assistant professor of keyboard pedagogy at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is on the summer faculty of the Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado. Prior to joining Frost, she was a long-time faculty member at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C. She enjoys a versatile career as a soloist, chamber musician, ardent educator, master class clinician, adjudicator, and pedagogue. Winner of numerous soloist awards, including the gold medal at the 2000 San Antonio International Piano Competition and the most recent award from the S&R Foundation, she has performed concerti with the Alexandria Symphony (VA), Laredo Philharmonic (TX) and Ohio Valley Symphony and chamber music concerts at the Smithsonian, Strathmore, Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Highly versatile, Takao is an enthusiastic advocate of newly composed music, often premiering new works and performing for such notable organizations as the Rose International Cello Competition. She has coached chamber music extensively with the members of the Guarneri Quartet, is a founding member of the Post Classical Ensemble, and performs a wide range of works by Copland, Schoenberg and other modern luminaries. Her solo piano recitals often feature works by Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninoff. Originally from Japan, Ms. Takao studied at the Preparatory Program at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earned a BM from the Hartt School of Music and a MM and DMA from University of Maryland, College Park.