A high school teacher of German with no formal conservatory training, Jon Nakamatsu’s electrifying performance of Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto won him the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
On March 26, 2018 at 8 p.m., Nakamatsu will present a solo recital at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines as the final concert of the Arts Council’s Classical Concert Series, sponsored by Parsec Financial Wealth Management.
Nakamatsu studied privately with the late Marina Derryberry from the age of six, and worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He also studied composition and orchestration with Dr. Leonard Stein of the Schoenberg Institute at the University of Southern California. Nakamatsu is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in German Studies and a master’s degree in Education.
Known internationally for the panache and elegance of his solo, concerto and chamber performances, Nakamatsu has become a favorite with audiences throughout the world. As a prolific recording artist, he has set to disc numerous seminal performances on the Harmonia Mundi label.
Nakamatsu’s program will include Beethoven’s Sonata No. 15 in D Major, Op. 28 (Pastoral), Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5, and Clementi’s Sonata in F-sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5.
Concert tickets are $35 ($30 for Arts Council members), and may be purchased at the Arts Council offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., So. Pines) or by calling 910-692-2787.
Before the concert, a special dinner will be offered at Wolcott’s Restaurant in Southern Pines. Located just three blocks from the Sunrise Theater, Wolcott’s will serve a delicious, 3-course meal for an all-inclusive price of $37 per person. Reservations for the March 26 concert are required by March 22 and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at 910-692-2787. Space is very limited, so call soon to complete your concert evening.
For additional information and questions about the Arts Council’s Classical Concert Series, call 910-692-ARTS (2787) or visit www.MooreArt.org