To become a Van Cliburn gold medalist, what kind of piano should you learn on? Steinway? Yamaha? Jon Nakamatsu’s international career began on the keys of a humble toy organ. Concerned that at the age of four he would never be serious about playing the piano, Jon’s parents did not want to invest in an expensive instrument he would not use. Jon steps up to perform one of the most challenging pieces in the piano repertoire with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. Tune in to Iowa Public Radio’s Symphonies of Iowa to hear more stories from Jon, as well as his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Sunday, June 8 at noon and Monday, June 9 at 7 p.m.
Since winning the Van Cliburn Gold Medal in 1997, Jon Nakamatsu has retained international fame as a virtuoso, touring the world to perform with orchestras, in chamber groups, and in solo recitals. He has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs, one of which rose to number three on Billboard’s classical music charts. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s third concerto showcases his technical prowess. The final concert of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-2014 season also features Shostakovich’s exciting Festive Overture and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Originally for piano, the orchestra performs Ravel’s famous and vibrantly colorful orchestration.
Tune in at noon on Sunday, June 8 and at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 9 for this exciting Symphonies of Iowa broadcast with Jon Nakamatsu and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra.
SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 3
MUSSORGSKY/RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition
(Concert recorded April 12-13, 2014)