Nakamatsu is a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and solo recitalist performing throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. It is his probing and illuminating musicality, as well as his quiet, charismatic performing style that have enabled a continuously expanding career.
A former high school German teacher, Nakamatsu was originally brought to global attention in 1997 when he received the gold medal in the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Following the award, he appeared as a soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Boston Pops at Tanglewood along with countless other stateside orchestras. Additionally, Nakamatsu has appeared with orchestras from Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan and more.
In 1998, Nakamatsu’s unique skill caught the attention of the Clinton Administration as he was given the honor of performing Rhapsody in Blue at the White House.
Described as “a pianist of substantial gifts” by the Metro Times, Nakamatsu toured as a soloist with the Peninsula Youth Symphony in 2007. He also spent time touring Spain as a soloist with the San Jose Youth Symphony in 2005.
Nakamatsu has compiled a prolific list of awards and recommendations over the years including the Debut Artist of the Year in 1998, first prize winner of Miami’s Fifth United States Chopin Piano Competition in 1995, and a profile in Reader’s Digest. He is also profiled in the documentary “Playing with Fire,” a film that featured the previously mentioned Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
Tickets will be available at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center, or by phone at 614-8343, one week prior to the concert between 3 to 6 p.m.