Jon Nakamatsu Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Jon Nakamatsu Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist

Jon Nakamatsu was raised in Sunnyvale, California, and attended St. Francis High School. In June 1997 Nakamatsu won the Gold Medal at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. He was the first American to win this prize since 1981. Right after the competition, he quit his job as a high school German teacher to pursue a career as a classical pianist. He did not attend a music conservatory or major in music while he attended college and graduate school.