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Encyclopedia > Jon Nakamatsu
Jon Nakamatsu at the Peninsula Symphony concert, San Mateo, California on October 21, 2005
Jon Nakamatsu at the Peninsula Symphony concert, San Mateo, California on October 21, 2005

Jon Yasuhiro Nakamatsu is a Japanese-American pianist. Nakamatsu was born in California and as of 2006, he is 38 years old. Jon currently resides in San Jose, California but mostly performs away from home. He is the son of David Y. Nakamatsu (San Jose engineer) and Karen F. Maeda Nakamatsu (city employee). Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x748, 29 KB)[edit] Summary Taken by concertgoer May Lee at the Peninsula Symphony concert in San Mateo, California on 21 October 2005. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (400x748, 29 KB)[edit] Summary Taken by concertgoer May Lee at the Peninsula Symphony concert in San Mateo, California on 21 October 2005. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Serving from 1999 to 2003, Army General Eric Shinseki of Hawaii became the first Asian American military chief of staff. ... Pianist Claudio Arrau, Carnegie Hall, 1954. ... Nickname: Capital of Silicon Valley Location of San Jose within Santa Clara County, California. ...


In June 1997 Nakamatsu won the Gold Medal playing from Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the first American to win it since 1981. Since the competition, he quit his job as a high school German teacher and has become an internationally renowned pianist. Interestingly, he did not attend a music conservatory or major in music while he attended college. During the summer of 2005, Nakamatsu toured with the San Jose Youth Symphony in Spain, performing the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2. 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was first held in 1962 in Fort Worth, Texas. ... Nickname: Cowtown Motto: Where the West Begins Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Tarrant and Denton Mayor Michael J. Moncrief Area    - City 774. ... The San Jose Youth Symphony (SJYS) is a non-profit youth orchetra located in San Jose, California. ...


He is represented by Parker Artists, New York.

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Education

  • Studied piano privately with Marina Derryberry since age 6 (1974).
  • Graduated from Prospect High School, San Jose, California, 1986.
  • A.A. Associate of Arts degree, Foothill College (community college), Los Altos Hills, California, 2000 (officially awarded long after degree requirements met)
  • B.A. Bachelor of Arts degree in German Studies, Stanford University, California, 1991
  • M.A. Master of Arts degree in Education, Stanford University, California, 1992

Foothill College is a community college located in Los Altos Hills, California and is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. ... Stanford redirects here. ... Stanford redirects here. ...

Career

  • 2006-current: Co-Artistic Director of Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival (with Jon Manasse)
  • 1997–current: Full-time pianist
  • 1991–1997: German language teacher at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, California and part-time pianist.

Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California, USA. The city gets its name from the views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. ...

Discography

compact discs
title label date catalog number notes
1. Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist Harmonia Mundi June 1997 HMU 907218
2. Chopin Selected Works Harmonia Mundi October 1998 HMU 907244
3. Lukas Foss, Piano Concertos, Elegy for Anne Frank Harmonia Mundi April 2001 HMU 907243 out of print
4. Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Harmonia Mundi September 2001 HMU 907286 (CD)
HMU 807286 (hybrid SACD/CD)
5. Wölfl, 4 Piano Sonatas, Piano Sonatos Op. 25 & 33 Harmonia Mundi November 2003 HMU 907324
6. Brahms, Piano Sonata, No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5 Harmonia Mundi October 2004 HMU 907339
7. A Good Degree of Gershwin Harmonia Mundi to be released
8. solo album of Liszt to be released
9. Brahms Clarinet Sonatas with clarinetist Jon Manasse to be released

Nakamatsu is featured in the documentary movie "Playing with Fire": The Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, which aired on PBS television and is available on DVD. PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ...


Awards

award competition location date
Gold Medalist ($20,000) Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Fort Worth, Texas June 1997 (quadrennial)
First Prize Fifth U.S. National Chopin Piano Competition Miami, Florida 1995

External links

  • Jon Nakamatsu official web site
  • Van Cliburn Foundation
  • Harmonia Mundi
  • Parker Artists (management company)

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NPR: Performance Today -- Jon Nakamatsu (829 words)
During the summer of 1997, Jon Nakamatsu was invited to replace Vladimir Ashkenazy in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as soloist with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and performed at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, the Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany and the Montpellier Festival in France.
Jon Nakamatsu's extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured debuts in New York City (Carnegie Hall), Washington, DC (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Miami, Houston, San Francisco, Paris, London and Milan.
Jon Nakamatsu has studied privately with Marina Derryberry since the age of six, has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel and studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Leonard Stein of the Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California.
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