Canadian-born Naomi Woo is a pianist, conductor, and musicologist, currently completing a PhD at Cambridge University as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Her academic research examines notions of difficulty and impossibility in 20th century music through the lens of utopian political thought. In 2015-2016, she has performed Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Falcon Ensemble, was music director for a performance of Samuel Barber’s Vanessa with the iambe company, and won first prize in the Cambridge University Concerto Competition. She has given solo recitals in Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, New York, Cambridge, and New Haven, and in 2011, her debut in Carnegie Hall was praised as an ‘elegant performance’ in the New York Times. After studying Mathematics, Philosophy, and Music at Yale University, the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts took her briefly to Montreal, where she worked with Marc Durand.