Local classic pianist returns for concert

Classical pianist Robert Nakea plays tonight selected works by Frederic Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms at the Church of the Pacific in Princeville at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

A noted pianist locally and abroad, Nakea is no stranger to Kaua‘i music-lovers.

He was a guest artist for the 2001 season of the Kauai Concert Association series and has performed several times under the auspices of the Prince Albert Foundation.

A firm believer in establishing a personal connection between the audience and the music, Nakea offers informative explanations about the works being performed, thereby increasing the listeners’ understanding and enjoyment of what they are hearing.

Born on O‘ahu and partly raised on Kaua‘i, Nakea started the piano when he was 6 years old and by age 15, debuted as soloist with the Honolulu Symphony.

Since then he has received recognition both in the United States and abroad.

A two-time laureate of the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (1988 and 1994), Nakea also placed first in the Joseph Fisch International Piano Competition (1986) and third in the National Beethoven Sonata Competition in 1991.

He has toured extensively throughout Europe, performing at such events as the Bergen International Music Festival in Norway and the Llangollen International Music Festival in Wales, as well as venues like Italy’s Operafestival di Roma.

Nakea graduated from The Kamehameha Schools, and received both his Masters and Bachelors degrees from Brigham Young University.

He is currently finishing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign.

For more information, call 826-6463.

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