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Faculty of Music

 Naomi  Woo


PhD Student


Naomi Woo is a Canadian pianist and conductor, currently pursuing a PhD in Music at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.  Her research, supervised by Professor John Rink, focuses on the domain of performance studies, combining her previous work in performance, philosophy and music studies. 
An active soloist, Naomi made her concerto debut at age 13 with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra playing Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto. Since then, she has performed widely throughout Canada and the United States, and her 2011 debut in Carnegie Hall was praised as an "elegant performance" in the New York Times. Especially interested in contemporary music, Naomi recently placed second in the 2016 Eckhardt-Gramatté competition for Canadian and contemporary music, and was awarded the Prix Hélène-Roberge for the best performance of a Canadian work in 2015. In 2014, she organized Fragment 160: The Female Voice on Stage, an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationship between sound and gender, featuring the world premiere of Susie Self's Spirit Wagon. 
Naomi holds degrees from Yale University in Mathematics, Philosophy, and Music. With Sasha Amaya, she is co-artistic director of Tick Tock, a multidisciplinary ideas and performance lab that explores the intersection of sonic and choreographic arts.