December 6, 1998 |
Brilliant, poetic, heroic and spontaneous, Nakamatsu's Chopin album establishes the emotional opposite of the clean, accurate and faceless Romantic playing of recent decades. The 1997 Van Cliburn International Competition winner creates real heat that illuminates as it consumes the composer's musical poetry; genuine tears are the appropriate response to the young pianist's rediscoveries of familiar territory. And the little-known, seldom-heard Opus 13 glitters, touches and inspires.
October 11, 1997 |
The star-driven mainstream classical music business needs new heroes, particularly American ones. So the attention paid to Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, is understandable. When he won the quadrennial competition last summer, presenters in this country increased the engagements for the gold medalist's first season by almost 50%.
October 13, 1997 |
A certain incredulity struck when Jon Nakamatsu was named the gold medalist at the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth in June. Such a reaction made sense, given the Cliburn's long history--at least in the last 20 years--of choosing a talented but faceless, accomplished but half-baked top winner.
September 4, 1997 |
Jon Nakamatsu, 28, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Look for: His first local appearance since the spring victory, Oct. 11 at El Camino College. Why he matters: We knew him when. Or at least we thought we did, or were supposed to have known him.
August 31, 1998 |
With separate concerts planned to feature each of the three medal winners of the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and with gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu saved for last, excitement was high as the victor strode onto the stage at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Saturday night. His vehicle was Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18, famous for its power, its passion, its fistfuls of notes. And if one listened carefully, one might just have heard all that too.
July 20, 1997 |
On June 8, California-born Jon Nakamatsu, 28, took first prize and the gold medal in the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held every four years in Fort Worth, Texas. The win meant that the Sunnyvale pianist could give up his day job, teaching high school German.