Bending Toward Elegance With a Virtuosic Efficiency

20000905 FTR - Concert pianist Jon Nakamatsu poses for photo while take a break during rehearsal at the Ellen Masaki School of Music. SB photo by George F. Lee

From the New York Times:

Liszt’s piano music is something between a mirror and a lie detector. Think flashy and self-serving as you play it, and so it responds. Think better thoughts, and the music transforms itself. Jon Nakamatsu, playing three Liszt pieces at the end of his recital at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, reminded us that there are also gradations in between. This young American pianist has stunning technical control and can do anything at the piano he wants; in “Après une lecture de Dante” there was octave playing as clean and fast as any I have ever heard."


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