We are also on facebook, twitter and blogspot
♪ October 20, 21, 22  Nobuyuki Tsujii in Sydney, Australia
Eyewitness account at  => Nobu's Sydney debut -- eyewitness account
October 22  Cloudy in Sydney
A cloudy day in Sydney today, October 22. A little rainy. Temperature 64°F (17°C). Vladimir Ashkenazy, Nobu and Sydney Symphony Orchestra will perform their last of three concerts this afternoon at 2PM. Me and toy Koala bear "Taronga Nobu" will be going to the Sydney Opera House at noon.
I just noticed that Mrs. Tsujii made two postings about Sydney on her blog. One about her visit to the wild life zoo in Sydney (not the same as the Taronga Zoo) http://ameblo.jp/tsujii-itsuko/entry-12211592900.html; the other is about the successful first performance. http://ameblo.jp/tsujii-itsuko/entry-12211616412.html
I am running off to the concert today -- will make translation later with time.

October 21 Standing Ovation for Nobu at the Opera House

A Nobu fan who was at the concert saw the performance from this angel, and sent this report:

Firstly, I felt so sorry for Nobu, Ashkenazi and orchestra, as someone brought a baby in the concert, and baby kept making noise, so did some more kids, and a few people dropping stuff and disturbed audience a lot.
Otherwise concert was great, Nobu played Chopin étude 10-12 for encore.
Audience gave him standing ovation.
And someone tweeted during the intermission:
事前に全く調べてないから休憩があることも知らず。笑 白ワインで結構酔いが回る。。 ピアノは繊細で、音に没頭してるのが解る。もっと聴きたいし、楽しみたい。Nobuyuki Tsuji!!!"His piano is delicate, I was immersed in the sound.I want to hear more, want to enjoy it. Nobuyuki Tsuji!!!"
Another eyewitness report:
I went to Nobuyuki Tsujii's concert at the Opera House. As
As I took the tickets at the last-minute, I was relegated to the back of the stage, but it was good to clearly see the facial expressions of the conductor and Mr. Tsujii. Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed the heartfelt performance put out by Mr. Tsujii. It was impressive to see him smile whenever his own part was over and he was listening to the orchestra. His happy mood is felt by everyone in the same space. In the encore, he played a powerful Chopin "Revolution", It was great!
BTW we were seated in the back of the stage also yesterday, but in the front row -- it was actually excellent -- there were extra leg rooms and the acoustics was not bad at all; it was interesting to see how the orchestra members react ti Ashkenazy's conducting, and, as the twitter mentions, we could see the facial expressions of Ashkenazy and Nobu very well,  except that we didn't get to see Nobu's hands. But there is another chance tomorrow ...  And, yes, Nobu did smile throughout his performance, and his joy was evident and contagious.
October 21 Evening Performance at the Opera House
It is morning Friday October 21 in Sydney. No review of yesterday's performance has come up so far. Nobu performs again this Friday evening at the Opera House. I will skip this one but return for the final performance on Saturday, I am off to Taronga Zoo and may bring a (stuffed) koala bear for Nobu for a photo backstage! 
And, here it is ... picture Nobu holding this Koala Bear. With luck, that happens tomorrow.
Incidentally, yesterday I asked Nobu how he likes Sydney, and he answered "very much" without hesitation.
October 20 School Visit Concert Report on Nobu's Official Site
The Nobuyuki Tsujii Official Site has not yet posted a report for his performance yesterday, but there is a report on his Sydney school visit that I didn't notice before. "Prior to the performance at the Opera House, I was invited to visit the Sydney Japanese school. and interacted with students. Played the 'Polonaise in A-flat major', 'Cortona in the morning', and answered questions from the students. And students sang the school song to us, thank you. In return, I played 'La Campanella' and an impromptu performance of a famous Australian song ['Walzing Matilda']."  The report comes with one photo.
October 20 Free for your listening: Nobu's Central Park Concert
The Central Park concert of Nobu with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra can now be listened to whenever you like, indefinitely; thanks to WQXR radio => here
October 20
Thunderous and prolonged applause

 in Sydney Opera House today for Nobuyuki Tsujii, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sydney Symphony Orchestra for their first performance of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
More at  => Nobu's Sydney debut -- eyewitness account

ABOVE and below: A fuzzy photo of Nobu being guided by Maestro Ashkenazy. They returned twice. Nobu played for encore the second movement of Beethoven's Pathetique.  We were told that Maestro Ashkenazy personally chose the piano for Nobu to perform on.

A fan from New Zealand presented Nobu backstage with a six-pack of Kiwi beers, as Mrs.Tsujii looked on

Yours Truly with Nobu, the "Inspirations" roses in his hands.

Nobu as he appeared backstage after his Opera House debut. To my question of why he chose to play Bach for his next recital, he answered "for the challenge."

In the concert program, Nobu's blindness is not mentioned.  Several people mentioned to us that they were unaware that Nobu is visually impaired.  The program also mentions that this (or one of the other two) performance will be broadcast on November 10 1PM on 92.9 ABC (Australia Broadcast Corp.) radio, which can be listened to online.
October 18
Bruce Miller, Australian Ambassador to Japan, tweeted with a new photo from the event at the Australia Parliament House 2016:
日豪友好協力基本条約40周年を記念し、オーストラリアの国会議事堂で14日に祝賀会が開催されました。ターンブル首相を始め両国関係者200人が列席し、盲目のピアニスト、辻井伸行さんがお祝いの演奏をされました。日豪関係は今後も幅広い分野で絆を強めてまいります Photo posted by Australian ambassdor to Japan Bruce Miller: "To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Australia-Japan Friendship and Cooperation Basic Treaty, a celebration was held on the 14th at the Houses of Parliament of Australia. About 200 people, including prime minister Turnbull, were in attendance. Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii performed for the celebration. Australia-Japan relationship will continue to strengthen.
Comments and photos about the event are collected here => Nobuyuki Tsujj at the Australia Parliament House 2016
October 19

There is now a YouTube video clip about Nobu's school visit on the 17th
October 2016 辻井伸行氏 シドニー日本人学校訪問/Nobuyuki Tsujii's Visit to Sydney Japanese International School:
世界的なピアニストとして活躍される辻井伸行氏がシドニー日本人学校を訪問。生徒・児童との交流会の中で、辻井氏がサプライズで演奏されたオーストラリアの民謡「ワルチング・マチルダ」に子ども達が歌声を合わせる感動的な一場面。 "
 Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujiim who is active worldwide, visited Sydney's Japanese International School and met with students. Mr. Tsujii [performed classical works and then] the Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda" as a surprise, to the singing of the children in an impressive scene.
October 11 Set of 3 Nobuyuki Tsujii DVDs available on Australia classical music site 
This is a packaging that I have not seen before: 3 DVDs (
White Night, Carnegie Hall debut, Touching the Sound) in a bundle for the bargain price of $45 Australian dollar (~34USD) => HERE
♪ Coming out soon on LP: ラ・カンパネラ~ヴィルトゥオーゾ・リスト! 辻井伸行 NOBUYUKI TSUJII plays LISZT
AVJL-25895 - recorded in Berlin, Germany
The CD version of this album was released on September 24, 2014
and available on U.S. Amazon
Now, a limited edition of the album, in LP (vinyl) will be released  on October 19:
October 1 New ALL-CHOPIN CD to release on November 23
I didn't see this new CD coming, but I should have. There is usually a Nobu CD released by Avex in time for New Year presents. And I am aware that when he was in Germany earlier this year, Nobu recorded the tracks that he played on his 2016 All-Chopin Recital  JapanTour. This CD is to release on November 23, and with tracks of Chopin's Op 10 (12 etudes) and four ballades.
The cover photo has not been revealed; it is not likely to be the one below.
 ♪ Brilliance of Venice"
A 15-second CM (commercial) of the Venice Renaissance Exhibition in Tokyo can be viewed here => http://www.tbs.co.jp/venice2016/movie/
You can hear in the background the theme music "Brilliance of Venice" composed by Nobu.
Nobuyuki Tsujii must break out of his Own Shell (August 1 2015)
Why does Mr. Tsujii rock his head and body? (April 2015)
A quiet reverence for Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii in Japan (March 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii, guided by the conductor (February 2015)
All the Light They Cannot See (October 2014)
The Distinctive Piano Tone of Nobuyuki Tsujii (August 2014)
Nobu reached yet another mountain top! (June 2014)
Etiquette for meeting Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii (Jan 2014)
Nobuyuki Tsujii "sees" (November 2013)
Eulogy for Mr. Van Cliburn by Nobuyuki Tsujii (Feb. 2013)
Nobu Fever lives on (April 2012)
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3 (April 2012)

Of Taste and Critics, and Nobuyuki Tsujii (April 2012)

辻井伸行 - 平和大使 Nobuyuki Tsujii - Peace Ambassador (Aug 2011)
Terms of Endearment (2010)
Close Encounter with Nobuyuki Tsujii (2010)

How I Caught "Nobu Fever" (2010)
See the complete list here: Original Articles
- Nobuyuki Tsujii fans facebook page
Nobuyuki Tsujii on wikipedia
- Avex Classics' page for Nobu
- Harrisonparrott Artist page for Nobu
- Challenge Classics' page for Nobu
- Interceder latest news
- Mrs. Itsuko Tsujj's "Parenting Corner" website
- blog of Mr.s Itsuko Tsujii
- PIA concert ticket search for Nobu
- eplus tickets
- Nobuyuki Tsujii performances review page on PIA
- Japan TV Data Zoo
Japanese blog post search site
A Nobu facts site (Japanese)
Web Pages with Misinformation on Nobuyuki Tsujii

Tickets for Nobu concerts in Japan
"Bachtrack" concert listing for Nobuyuki Tsujii
Bachtrack Piano page
Japan video site (YouTube counterpart)
Japanese Nobu news aggregate site
Suntory Hall main hall events calendar
Suntory Hall encore list
google classical music forum
Classical Music Concert recommendations blog (Japanese)
Billboard Japan classical chart
Japan Amazon classical music chart

Media articles of note
A human type of echolocation helps the blind (Los Angeles Times, 7/13/15)
The standing ovation is a filthy American habit  (Guardian, 2008)
A Master Piano Professor talks about teaching pianists at a conservatory
Do world-classs pianists make mistakes on stage?
Why they (the people in Japan) are hooked on classical
How long (does it take a pianist to learn a new piece)?
What are the financial realities of a typical concert pianist?
How Virtuosos Get So Good

Piano concerto: Who runs the orchestra? Conductor or pianist?

Anecdotes, Quotations, and Trivia of Frederic Chopin
Chopin quotes
Chopin Op. 28 Preludes analysis
Chopin Op. 10 etudes analysis

Choreography of the Hands: The Work of Dorothy Taubman  
Criticising the Critics - posted on Arts Journal
The Fine Art of 'Papering the House'
What Music critics wish pianists knew
The pitfalls and perks of playing a concert hall piano