Swept Away

Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

Guest artist: Van Cliburn winner and internationally featured pianist, Jon Nakamatsu.

Sweet moments of delight and those of passion, expressed only in the depths that beautiful music can offer, await you with Swept Away… an evening with Maestro Peter Jaffe and the Folsom Lake Symphony.

As February brings the celebration of beauty and love, come alone, come with friends or lovers – the evening is crafted for you to sit back and enjoy being transported to places of timeless wonder.

This year is a special one, as we present Smetana’s The Moldau, a musical poem evoking travel and passages through gorgeous European landscapes, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, one of his most popular compositions and among the most favored piano concertos in the world, Maurice Ravel’s Pavane, composed while he studied at the Conservatoire de Paris, and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, inspired by the sights and sounds of the “City of Love” itself.

Featuring Van Cliburn Piano Competition winner, Jon Nakamatsu, this winter evening will come alive with sparkle and grandeur, an evening to be remembered and treasured for years to come. This is Mr. Nakamatsu’s return engagement with the Folsom Lake Symphony; his stunning performance of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 continues to resonate in the halls of the Harris Center.  View Jon’s performance of Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 now.

Jon Nakamatsu
Jon Nakamatsu, Pianist

Distinguished American pianist Jon Nakamatsu, known internationally for the panache and elegance of his solo, concerto, and chamber performances, has become a favorite with audiences throughout the world. As a prolific recording artist, Mr. Nakamatsu has set to disc numerous seminal performances on the Harmonia Mundi label. In his review of Mr. Nakamatsu’s recent performance of Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2, Daniel J. Kushner writes in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: “Nakamatsu evinced brilliant musicianship. His tone and articulation sparkled and shimmered, while his use of dynamics and energy brought out the lifeblood of each and every phrase.” (May 1, 2015).

Mr. Nakamatsu has been an active guest soloist with leading orchestras throughout his career; among them the orchestras of Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Berlin, Milan, and Tokyo. He has collaborated with such esteemed conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Gerard Schwarz, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Michael Tilson Thomas and Osmo Vänskä. Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi USA and has released twelve CDs to date. His numerous summer engagements have included appearances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Vail, Wolftrap, and Britt festivals. In 1999, Mr. Nakamatsu performed at the White House at the special invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

A high school teacher of German with no formal conservatory training, Jon Nakamatsu’s electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto won him the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition amidst a field of experienced competition warriors. Mr. Nakamatsu had studied privately with the late Marina Derryberry from the age of six, and worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He also studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Leonard Stein of the Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California and pursued extensive studies in chamber music and musicology. Mr. Nakamatsu is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a master’s degree in Education.

Join us and be Swept Away with the Folsom Lake Symphony!