Symphonie Fantastique


Symphonie Fantastique

Oct 30
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique will whisk you away on a journey through the mind of an artist. Reveries, passions, a festive party, and a trip to the country – all are part of the story for this masterpiece of programmatic music. Pianist Jon Nakamatsu joins the WSO for a performance of Rachmaninoff's Rapsody on a Theme of Paganini. You won't want to miss this exciting season opener concert! 

TIM HINCK Fanfare for Rosa
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
      Featuring Jon Nakamatsu, piano
HECTOR BERLIOZ Symphonie fanstastique

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Jon Nakamatsu

About Jon Nakamatsu

American pianist Jon Nakamatsu continues to draw unanimous praise as a true aristocrat of the keyboard, whose playing combines elegance, clarity, and electrifying power. A native of California, Mr. Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he was named Gold Medalist of the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the only American to have achieved this distinction since 1981. Mr. Nakamatsu has performed widely in North and South America, Europe, and the Far East, collaborating with such conductors as James Conlon, Marek Janowski, Raymond Leppard, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Osmo Vänskä and Hans Vonk. He also performed at a White House concert hosted by President and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa, which has released thirteen CDs to date. Of his most recent release on the label, a 2014 solo disc of the piano works of Robert Schumann, BBC Music Magazine states that "Nakamatsu clarifies Schumann's mid-range saturated textures to a remarkable degree, reveling in its fantastic imaginings with rapier-like precision and effortless command."

Mr. Nakamatsu studied privately with Marina Derryberry and has worked with Karl Ulrich Schnabel, son of the great pianist Artur Schnabel. He is a graduate of Stanford University with a bachelor's degree in German Studies and a master's degree in Education. Learn more at

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