Jon Nakamatsu to Perform At Willamette University April 2

Jon NakamatsuThe Distinguished Artist Series continues at Willamette University with pianist Jon Nakamatsu Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in Hudson Hall.

The program will include works by Scubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Liszt.

Nakamatsu will also lead a master class for pianists on Thursday, April 3, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Hudson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Tickets are available at all Safeway FASTIXX Centers and are $20 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

In 1997, Nakamatsu won the 10th Van Cliburn International Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. He has performed as a soloist with the Deutsches Sumphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, The New World Symphony and with Italy's distinguished Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino.

He has performed at Tanglewood with the Boston Pops, the Klavier Festival Ruhr in Germany and the Montellier Festival in France.

Jon Nakamatsu at the pianoHis 1998-99 season was highlighted by a performance of "Rhapsody in Blue" at a White House event hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Nakamatsu's recital tours in the United States and Europe have featured debuts in New York City (Carnegie Hall), Washington, D.C., (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London and Milan.

Named Debut Artist of the Year in 1998 by National Public Radio's "Performance Today," Nakamatsu has been profiled by CBS Sunday Morning, Reader's Digest magazine and is featured in "Playing with Fire," a documentary about the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition aired previously on PBS. In 1995, he was named the First Prize Winner of Miami's Fifth United States Chopin Piano Competition.