See Japanese Piano Sensation Nobuyuki “Nobu” Tsujii Perform Live at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris via medici.tv tomorrow, April 17
“This pianist was miraculous. … You feel God’s presence in the room.” —Van Cliburn on Nobu
Tomorrow, April 17, at 6:30 a.m. EST, medici.tv will stream live a solo concert by Japanese piano sensation Nobuyuki “Nobu” Tsujii, who will be making his Paris recital debut at the Louvre Auditorium. Nobu – who tied for the gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Competition – will perform works by Chopin, Liszt, Gounod and Wagner, including the latter’s “Death of Isolde” from Tristan und Isolde. The 25-year-old pianist, despite being blind from birth, has miraculously learned such monumental scores as Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata and Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto by ear. Nobu was featured prominently in Peter Rosen’s documentary Surprise in Texas about the 2009 Van Cliburn competition, available as video-on-demand at medici.tv. Watch a clip from the film here. In the documentary, eminent pianist and Van Cliburn juror Menahem Pressler says: “I have the utmost admiration for [Nobuyuji Tsujii]. God has taken his eyes, but has given him the physical and mental endowment to encompass the greatest works of piano. … It’s deeply touching. I had to keep from crying when I left the room.” Nobu’s Paris recital debut will be available free on-demand for medici.tv audiences worldwide for 90 days following the live webcast on April 17.
Nobu’s recital program features several works with connections to Paris, including pieces by Chopin and Gounod’s Waltz from his opera Faust. One of the Chopin works is the Nocturne in C-sharp minor, which Nobu calls “a romantic and beautiful piece, one of the most beloved by Chopin around the world. It’s also my grandfather’s favorite piece.” The young pianist isn’t intimidated by a worldwide webcast, saying: “I’ve been used to live broadcasts since I took part in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. It’s very nice that my family and friends can enjoy the concert back in Japan. I can enjoy these, too, when they’re archived.” Although Nobu praises the “brilliant sound” of Liszt’s “technically demanding” work La Campanella on his recital program, he likes to relax to other tones when offstage: “I like to go into nature and listen to sounds from the leaves and rivers, and bird songs.”
Although born blind, Nobu began playing “Do Re Mi” on a toy piano at age 2 after his mother hummed the tune. He began formal study at age 4. Three years later, Nobu won first prize at the All Japan Music of Blind Students competition held by the Tokyo Helen Keller Association. He gave his first piano recital in the small auditorium of Tokyo’s Suntory Hall at age 12. By 2005, the pianist reached the semi-final at the 15th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, receiving the Critics’ Award. In addition to tying for the Gold Medal at the 13th Van Cliburn Competition, Nobu was awarded the Beverley Taylor Smith Award there for best performance of a new work (John Musto’s Improvisation & Fugue). In 2011, the pianist made his main-stage Carnegie Hall recital debut, and he performed in the BBC Proms last summer with the BBC Philharmonic under Juanjo Mena. Nobu is also a composer, having written music for Japanese film and TV. Japanese figure-skating champion Midori Ito has also performed in international events to his music.
New Nobu documentary
Nobu is the subject of an upcoming Peter Rosen documentary titled Touching the Sound, a six-minute trailer for which can be seen on YouTube. Filmed across the U.S. and in the areas devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan as Nobu performed benefits for the victims, the film details the pianist’s life as a story of hope, redemption and the power of music.
Live from the Louvre
April 17, 2014, 6:30 a.m. EST
Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano
Louvre Auditorium, Paris
Chopin: Nocturne in C sharp minor
Chopin: Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major
Liszt: “The Fountains of the Villa d’Este” from Years of Pilgrimage
Liszt: Liebestraum No. 3
Liszt: “La Campanella” from Grandes études de Paganini
Wagner: “Death of Isolde” from Tristan und Isolde
Gounod: Waltz from Faust
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John Adams: Doctor Atomic
Opéra National du Rhin, Strasbourg, France
May 21, 2014, 3:00 p.m. EST
Violinist Christian Tetzlaff, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff and pianist Lars Vogt play Brahms
Louvre Auditorium, Paris, France
May 28, 2014, 3:00 pm EST
Kent Nagano conducts Bach, Liszt and Saint-Saëns
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Maison symphonique de Montréal, Canada
June 26, 2014, 3:00 p.m. EST
Rossini: La gazzetta
Opéra Royal de Wallonie, Liège, Belgium
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