On Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., the University of West Florida Department of Music will present pianist Jon Nakamatsu as part of the Music Hall Artist Series. The event will be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82 at the UWF Pensacola Campus.
The solo concert will feature works composed by Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Chopin.
American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard whose playing combines elegance, clarity and electrifying power. A native of California, Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved the distinction since 1981.
Nakamatsu’s extensive recital tours throughout the U.S. and Europe have featured appearances in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan. He has worked with various chamber ensembles – among them the Brentano, Tokyo, Kuss, Jupiter, Cypress, Prazak and Ying String Quartets – and has toured repeatedly with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Together with clarinetist Jon Manasse, Nakamatsu tours continually as a member of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo. The Duo also serves as artistic directors of the esteemed Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival in Massachusetts.
Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi USA, which has released thirteen CDs to date. His all-Gershwin recording with Jeff Tyzik and the Rochester Philharmonic featuring "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Concerto in F rose to number three on Billboard’s classical music charts, earning extraordinary critical praise. Nakamatsu’s 2008 recording of Brahms’ Clarinet Sonatas with Jon Manasse was chosen by the New York Times as one of its top releases for the year; his latest disc with Manasse, released in 2012, includes both the Brahms Clarinet Quintet and the Piano Quintet with the Tokyo String Quartet. Of his most recent release on the label, a 2014 solo disc of the piano works of Robert Schumann, BBC Music Magazine stated that “Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann’s mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, reveling in its fantastic imaginings with rapier-like precision and effortless command.”
Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German studies and a master’s degree in education.
Ticket prices are $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $10 for UWF faculty and staff and non-UWF students, and $5 for high school students. UWF students are admitted free with their valid Nautilus Card. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285 or uwf.edu/tickets.