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This site is your source for comprehensive information about upcoming (and past) tour dates, links to my Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts, links to all of the streaming services that play my music or retailers where you can buy CDs, my complete discography, and links to select videos and interviews. You can now use the free Bandsintown app to get alerts when I'm appearing in your area. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to see something else on this site, want to have me appear in your area, or just want to say hi! – Jon 

"He plays Romantic-period repertoire with commanding authority"

San Francisco Classical Voice, 2019

Now in his third decade of touring worldwide, American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw critical 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.

Upcoming Tour Dates

Jun23

Jon Nakamatsu @ Bay Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky Gold

Bay Philharmonic - Tchaikovsky Gold, Hayward, CA

The music of Tchaikovsky has sparked the imagination of the world. From the dramatic 1812 Overture to the beloved Nutcracker, his music always touches the heart. We’re presenting two of his most famous pieces for this concert alongside International Van Cliburn Piano Competition gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu. Heralded as the “pianist’s pianist,” Jon’s touch on the keyboard is sophisticated and masterful, and he’ll perform the most famous piano concerto ever written.

TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Opus 23
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

Jul28

Jon Nakamatsu @ Bowdoin International Music Festival 2024 - Jon Nakamatsu with Ying Quartet Members

Bowdoin International Music Festival 2024 - Jon Nakamatsu with Ying Quartet Members, Brunswick, ME

The Bowdoin International Music Festival is one of the world’s premier music institutes. Founded in 1964, the Festival engages exceptional students and enthusiastic audiences through world-class education and performances. Each summer, 250 students from more than 20 countries and nearly every state attend the Festival to study with distinguished faculty and guest artists.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
Piano Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28, “Pastorale”

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN
Fantasy in F Minor, Op. 49

JOHANNES BRAHMS
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25
Robin Scott, violin • Phillip Ying, viola • David Ying, cello • Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Aug4

Jon Nakamatsu @ 45th Anniversary Summer Fundraising Reception & Concert

45th Anniversary Summer Fundraising Reception & Concert, Yarmouth, MA

In addition to the world-class musical performances in the Festival’s 2024 season, we invite you to join us for a celebratory CCCMF fundraising reception. Tickets include food and drinks, live music, and conversation with performing artists – – all while supporting YOUR Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival.

The evening will begin with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a concert performed by our Festival’s Co-Artistic Director, Jon Nakamatsu, together with members of the Ying Quartet playing Johannes Brahms's First Piano Quartet No.1 Op.25. The celebration concludes with a gourmet buffet dinner. You don’t want to miss it.

BRAHMS PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 IN G MINOR, OPUS 25

Jon Nakamatsu, piano
Robin Scott, violin
Phillip Ying, viola
David Ying, cello

Aug9

Jon Nakamatsu @ Tangent Winds & Jon Nakamatsu - Beethoven / Barber / Thuille

Tangent Winds & Jon Nakamatsu - Beethoven / Barber / Thuille, Wellfleet, MA

CCCMF has become a breeding ground for tomorrow’s leading musicians! Audiences have a rare opportunity to see tomorrow’s stars today at the Festival's debut performance of Tangent Winds. Joined by CCCMF Co-Artistic Director Jon Nakamatsu (piano), this emerging ensemble presents a program of lyrical, accessible works by Beethoven, Barber, and Thuille. Formed while its members were studying at Juilliard, the Tangent Winds was awarded the Bronze Medal at the 2018 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.

L. v. BEETHOVEN (1770 – 1827)
Quintet in E-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Opus 16
Grave—Allegro ma non troppo
Andante cantabile
Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

S. BARBER (1910 – 1981)
Summer Music, Opus 31

L. THUILLE (1861 – 1907)
Sextet in B-flat Major for Piano and Winds, Opus 6
Allegro moderato
Larghetto
Gavotte: Andante, quasi allegretto
Finale: Vivace
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Aug12

Jon Nakamatsu @ A Family Affair -- Mendelssohn/Vivaldi/Dvorak/Henryson/Freidman

A Family Affair -- Mendelssohn/Vivaldi/Dvorak/Henryson/Freidman, Chatham, MA

Contributing to the perpetual “nature versus nurture” debate is A Family Affair. CCCMF’s Co-Artistic Director Jon Manasse (clarinet) is just one of several professional musicians in his immediate family. Joining him on stage for this special concert are Festival favorite cellist Julian Schwarz, his wife Marika Bournaki (celebrated concert pianist), Jon Manasse’s award-winning sons Alec and Jordan Manasse, his nephew Zachary Silberschlag (principal trumpet of The Israel Philharmonic), and more. The program includes various great essential works by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Mendelssohn, as well as living composers Svante Henryson and Stanley Friedman. In addition, Jon’s son Jordan Manasse (piano) will be joined by the Festival’s Co-Artistic Director, Jon Nakamatsu (piano), for a special performance of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dance in G Minor for Piano Four-Hands.

F. MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847)
Concert Piece No. 1 in F Minor for two clarinets and piano, Opus 113
Jon Manasse, clarinet
Alec Manasse, clarinet
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

A. VIVALDI (1678 – 1741)
Concerto in B-flat Major for Two Violins and Strings (arranged for solo piccolo trumpet, solo violin and piano by J.C. Dobrzelewski and Guy Whatley)
Zachary Silberschlag, piccolo trumpet
Carmit Zori, violin
Marika Bournaki, piano

A. DVOŘÁK (1841 – 1904)
Slavonic Dance in G Minor for Piano Four-Hands, Opus 46 No. 8
Jordan Manasse, piano
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

SVANTE HENRYSON (b. 1963)
Off Pist for clarinet and cello (1996)
Alec Manasse, clarinet
Julian Schwarz, cello

STANLEY FREIDMAN (b. 1951)
B’Shertah for trumpet, clarinet and piano (1996)
Alec Manasse, clarinet
Zachary Silberschlag, trumpet
Marika Bournaki, piano

F. MENDELSSOHN (1809 – 1847)
Trio No. 1 in D Minor for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 49
Molto allegro agitato
Andante con moto tranquillo
Scherzo: Leggiero e vivace
Finale: Allegro assai appassionato
Carmit Zori, violin
Julian Schwarz, cello
Marika Bournaki, piano

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