One Washington Square (at 7th St) San Jose
Jon Nakamatsu Piano Masterclass
Free and Open to the Public
The distinguished American pianist Jon Nakamatsu—known internationally for the panache and elegance of his solo, concerto, and chamber performances—has become a favorite with audiences throughout the world, and a special favorite to his fans at home in the Bay Area.
A native of San José, Mr. Nakamatsu skyrocketed to fame after his electrifying performances earned him the Gold Medal at the 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
“Nakamatsu evinced brilliant musicianship. His tone and articulation sparkled and shimmered, while his use of dynamics and energy brought out the lifeblood of each and every phrase.”
–Daniel J. Kusher, The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
32nd Annual Celia Mendez Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition and Concert
The Young Pianist’s Beethoven Competition is named after Celia Mendez, a piano teacher and musicologist in San José, California, who conceived of and founded the competition in 1987. In the spring of 2007, the Executive Board of the American Beethoven Society unanimously voted to name the competition after her in honor and recognition of her inspirational work in support of Beethoven’s music and the many fine young pianists and their teachers throughout the state.