Award-winning pianist Nakamatsu to perform at Elon, March 29

International pianist Jon Nakamatsu will be in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 29 in Whitley Auditorium. The concert is part of The Adams Foundation Piano Recital Series, sponsored by the Times-News and Elon University. Details...

Nakamatsu’s concert will include works by Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Liszt, as well as the Danses Fantastiques, Op. 2 by the distinguished Iranian-Armenian composer Loris Tjeknavorian

Named Debut Artist of the Year in 1998 by NPR’s “Performance Today,” Nakamatsu has been profiled on “CBS Sunday Morning” and in Reader’s Digest. He has been featured in the documentary “Playing with Fire,” which spotlighted the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition where Nakamatsu won a gold medal.  The documentary aired nationwide on PBS.

In 1995, he was named the First Prize winner of Miami’s Fifth United States Chopin Piano Competition. He was the first American since 1981 to win a gold medal at the Van Cliburn competition when he earned the honor in 1997.

Nakmatsu has toured throughout the United States and Europe.  He has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Paris, London and Milan. Nakamatsu made his debut at France’s Evian Music Festival in 1999.

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets are $15 or free with an Elon ID. Tickets may be purchased by calling the McCrary Theatre box office at (336) 278-5610. The box office is open from 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.