Welcome to my website...

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

Jun1

Jon Nakamatsu @ Symphony San Jose - Remember the Titans

Symphony San Jose - Remember the Titans, San Jose, CA

You’ve heard of the three “B”s (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms). How about the three “M”s: Arturo Márquez, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Gustav Mahler? This fantastic 2023/24 season comes to a rousing conclusion with the help of international conducting sensation Tatsuya Shimono and San Jose’s own Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Jon Nakamatsu.

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

Jun2

Jon Nakamatsu @ Symphony San Jose - Remember the Titans

Symphony San Jose - Remember the Titans, San Jose, CA

You’ve heard of the three “B”s (Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms). How about the three “M”s: Arturo Márquez, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Gustav Mahler!? This fantastic 2023/24 season comes to a rousing conclusion with the help of international conducting sensation Tatsuya Shimono and San Jose’s own Van Cliburn Gold Medalist, Jon Nakamatsu.

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467

Jun9

Jon Nakamatsu @ Aloha International Piano Festival & Competition 2024

Aloha International Piano Festival & Competition 2024, Honolulu, HI

Marking its 19th year, the Aloha International Piano Festival is excited to announce the 2024 program. Aspiring young pianists and amateur pianists are invited to enroll in our Piano Academy, an opportunity to study with our world-renowned artist faculty for one week.

Joining forces with founder/artistic director Lisa Nakamichi, the 2024 Aloha International Piano Festival & Competition welcomes renowned pianists Jon Nakamatsu (gold medalist Van Cliburn International Piano Competition) and Robert Koenig (UC Santa Barbara, Artistic Director, Palm Springs International Piano Competition).

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
TCHAIKOVSHY 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

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