An established brilliant classical pianist, John Nauman is a leading exemplar of the America school, achieving profundity and beauty through powerful and completely relaxed technique. A charismatic and passionate performer, Mr. Nauman is uniquely gifted in his ability to communicate those qualities to his audiences. A native of Maryland, his teachers has included Adele Marcus, Sascha Gorodnitski, Herbert Stessin and Julian Martin. Mr. Nauman held the prestigious Van Cliburn Scholarship at the Juilliard School where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees.
As grand prize winner of the AMSA Competition, Mr. Nauman received critical acclaim for his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York. In addition, Nauman has garnered top honors at international piano competitions including the Joanna Hodges, the Stravinsky Awards and the Xerox Affiliate Program. He has been featured in Joseph Horowitz's book The Ivory Trade and on ABC-TV's Nightline documenting the VIII Van Cliburn International Competition.
John Nauman has appeared with major orchestras from Boston to London including the Atlanta Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Utah Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Midsummer Mozart Festival Orchestra under George Cleve and the New Orleans Symphony led by Maxim Shostakovich. Mr. Nauman has also appeared as recitalist in such distinguished venues as The Gold Medal Winners Series at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, the Annenberg Springs and Old First Concerts in San Francisco. European appearances include the Academy of London Orchestra at Saint John's Smith Square, the Tempere Philharmonic Orchestra in Finland and the Davos Music Festival in Switzerland. Mr. Nauman has collaborated with Audra McDonald, Zuill Bailey, Anne Akiko Myers, Dawn Upshaw, the Tackas String Quartet and Stephen Hough.
Mr. Nauman toured Japan with violinist Ayako Yonetani. Several of his concerts have been videotaped for television by N.H.K Japan. An International STEINWAY Artist, Mr. Nauman has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for German Chancellor Helmet Kohl.
.His solo disc FANTASY, produced by Grammy Award winner, David Frost, containing works by Liszt and Scriabin on the Newport Classics label is available at Amazon.com. A recent recording of the Rachmanioff Cello Sonata with cellist Adam Grabois on the Reflex Edition label is also available at Amazon.com. John's relationship with Tom Frost and David Frost, father & son record producers began when Tom Frost heard Nauman perform. Frost introduced John to the legendary Vladimir Horowitz (Tom Frost produced Horowitz' records). John was also influenced by numerous meetings with great pianist, Jorge Bolet and the internationally renowned, Leonard Bernstein.
Mr. Nauman's recent appearances include several performances with the Tucson Chamber Orchestra (Rhapsody in Blue), Evenings with Steinway in Bellevue, Washington and a tour of China. The Piano Music of Ricky Ian Gordon was recently released on Blue Griffin Records.
John Nauman has accumulated a wealth of knowledge, and offers a memorable musical experience to his audiences tempered by twenty five years of acclaimed performances.