“He drew the audience in and didn’t let go until the last quiet note.” — Culture Spot LA
2017 Silver Medalist returns to make his first Cliburn Concerts appearance, after a debut season that included a recital tour in Hawaii and acrossthe country; a return to his alma mater, the University of Houston, for its annual Texas Music Festival; and an acclaimed engagement with the Minnesota Orchestra deemed “highly auspicious…marked by poise [&] technical brilliance” by the Star-Tribune.
Violinist Irina Muresanu, cellist Jonah Ellsworth, and pianist Heng-Jin Park each have distinguished careers as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and have appeared with major orchestras and premier chamber music festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Cellist Mr. Ellsworth has performed as soloist with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, Jacksonville Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Symphony by the Sea and New Bedford Symphony. Additionally, Ellsworth attended the Marlboro Music Festival from 2014-2016. Ms. Muresanu, who has appeared as soloist with the Boston Philharmonic, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and other top international orchestras, is the recipient of top prizes at the Montreal International Competition and the Queen Elizabeth Violin Competition. Ms. Park, who made her solo debut with the Boston Pops at the age of 15, is the founding member of the Boston Trio and founder and artistic director of Halcyon Music Festival.
“They have established standards of chamber music performance equal to any in the world,” in the words of the Washington Post. And The New York Times said, “They appealed to the heart and the head, offering a warm, seductively luxurious sound and an impressive precision and unity of purpose.”
Among today’s most exciting and innovative chamber music ensembles, The American Chamber Players were formed in 1985 by Miles Hoffman from a core group of artists of The Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival. The ensemble performs repertoire ranging from familiar masterpieces to neglected gems to newly commissioned American works, and its fascinating and delightful programs with varied instrumental combinations have been as enthusiastically praised as its extraordinary, dynamic performances.
Join us for three concerts this March featuring piano performances that promise both inspiration and entertainment. On March 5, enjoy American Pianist Jon Nakamatsu, Gold Medalist at the Tenth Cliburn International Piano Competition. Following on March 8 is the American Chamber Players Piano Quartet plus Flute. This group is led by the entertaining Miles Hoffman, well known as an NPR commentator and Professor of Chamber Music at the Schwob School of Music. Then on March 19, festival favorite Pianist Ken Broberg, 2017 Cliburn Silver Medalist, returns to our stage. All concerts are at 7:30 pm. The discount for this package is 10%.
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.
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