Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-01-26

Acclaimed American pianist Jon Nakamatsu will perform as part of this year's Samford University School of the Arts Davis Architects Guest Artist series Friday, Feb. 13.

Nakamatsu, winner of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Brock Recital Hall. He will also serve as judge, clinician and master class teacher for Samford's Morris Piano Competition Feb. 12-14.

A California native, Nakamatsu came to international attention in 1997 when he won the prestigious Cliburn competition. Since then, his musicianship and eclectic repertoire has made him a clear favorite on the international concert circuit. He has seized audiences with the polish, musicality and technical brilliance of his playing-the result of many years of private piano study starting at the age of six.

His Samford concert will include Haydn's "Sonata in C Minor," Schumann's "Papillons," Chopin's "Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante in E-Flat Major," L. Tjeknavorian's "Five Dances from Dances Fantastiques," and three works by Liszt: "Impromptu (Nocturne) for Princess Gortschakoff," "Valse impromptu in A-flat Major," and Apres une lecture de Dante ("Fantasia quasi Sonata") from "Annees de Pelerinage-Deuxieme Annee: Italie."

Admission is $20 adult, $15 senior adult (55-plus) and $10 student/child. For reservations, go to or call (205) 726-2853.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.