Pianist Jon Nakamatsu Performs and Chats Saturday In Columbus

Join Jon Nakamatsu’s “Loser’s Club,” Details Above.

Even in the dramatic world of classical music, few stories are as compelling as that of Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Jon Nakamatsu.

After having earned degrees in German and education – not music – and ensconced in a full-time job teaching high school German, Nakamatsu stunned the world by taking first prize at the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition, launching what has been a stately career as a world-class concert pianist and chamber musician.

This Saturday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m., Chamber Music Columbus presents Jon Nakamatsu in a solo recital of music by Rameau, Liszt and Brahms. Starting at 7 p.m., I will interview Jon Nakamatsu from the stage of Columbus’ Southern Theatre, and you will have a chance to ask your own questions about his unusual and brilliant career path.

To whet your appetite for  Saturday’s conversation with Jon Nakamatsu, learn what Nakamatsu calls his “dark, dark secret” in his amusing and compelling speech (video above) at the final awards ceremony of the fifth International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs. Then join us this Saturday at the Southern Theatre!

For tickets and information visit www.cmcolumbus.orgor call CAPA at (614) 469-0939, or Ticketmaster at (614) 431-3600.