Praised in the International Piano Magazine as “unusual for a player of his age and an excellent augury for the future,” Hugo Kitano is currently a junior at Stanford University double majoring in Music and Computer Science.
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Hugo currently studies with Frederick Weldy, and has worked extensively with Hans Boepple and John Perry. He has been the first prizewinner in numerous national and international competitions, including the International Russian Music Piano Competition and the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition. He was also the highest prizewinner of the Moscow International Frederic Chopin Competition for Young Pianists in the summer of 2014.
In the spring of 2011, Hugo organized and performed in three benefit concerts to aid the survivors of the earthquake in Japan and raised more than 12,000 dollars. Hugo also performed on NPR’s From the Top broadcast twice, first in Santa Fe in October 2011 and recently at Stanford’s Bing Hall in November 2013. In 2014, Hugo performed Chopin’s 1st Concerto with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra as first prizewinner of its concerto competition, and Beethoven’s 3rd Concerto with the South Carolina Philharmonic. Hugo was recently nominated for the 2016 American Pianists Awards. Following the Biocomputation track under the Computer Science degree, Hugo has worked at UCSF the last two summers doing research on the auditory cortex and DNA analysis. He writes about the Golden State Warriors at Golden State of Mind, a blog on SB Nation.