JON NAKAMATSU, jury chairman
Since his dramatic 1997 Cliburn gold medal triumph, Jon Nakamatsu’s brilliant but unassuming musicianship and eclectic repertoire have made him a clear favorite throughout the world both on the concert circuit and in the recording studio.
Mr. Nakamatsu maintains a very active touring schedule with orchestra performances, chamber collaborations, and solo recitals, performing widely in North America, Europe, and the Far East. In past seasons, he has been soloist with many leading orchestras including those of Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Rochester, San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo, and Vancouver, with such conductors as James Conlon, Philippe Entremont, Marek Janowski, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Osmo Vänskä. His extensive recital tours throughout the United States and Europe have featured appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Paris, London, and Milan, among other major music capitals. Numerous summer festival engagements have included appearances at the Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, Caramoor, Vail, Sun Valley, and Britt festivals.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Nakamatsu has collaborated with the Brentano, Tokyo, Prazak, St. Lawrence, and Ying String Quartets, as well as the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. Together with the acclaimed clarinetist Jon Manasse, he tours regularly as part of the Manasse/Nakamatsu Duo.
Mr. Nakamatsu records exclusively for harmonia mundi usa, which has released nine CDs to date. In 1999, he was invited to the White House to perform for President and Mrs. Clinton.