Saturday, April 20, 2024, 7:30pm
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Jaffe: Symphonic Birthday
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, “Titan”

Now in his third decade of touring worldwide, American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw critic and public acclaim for his intensity, elegance and electrifying solo, concerto and chamber music performances. Catapulted to international attention in 1997 as the Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—the only American to achieve this distinction since 1981—Mr. Nakamatsu subsequently developed a multi-faceted career that encompasses recording, education, arts administration and public speaking in addition to his vast concert schedule. He is making his third appearance with the symphony after his spectacular performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

He has been the guest artist with over 150 orchestras worldwide including those of Baltimore, Berlin, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Florence, Los Angeles, Milan, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Vancouver. He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.

As a recitalist, Mr. Nakamatsu has appeared in New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Musée d’Orsay and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and in major centers such as Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Milan, Munich, Prague, Singapore, Warsaw and Zurich. In Beijing he has been heard at the Theater of the Forbidden City, the Great Hall of the People, China Conservatory, and the National Centre for the Performing Arts.

In addition to performing worldwide, he serves on the piano faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Jon Nakamatsu
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Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No 2 – Jon Nakamatsu – Folsom Lake Symphony
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Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 – Jon Nakamatsu – Folsom Lake Symphony