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Congratulations to Nobuyuki Tsujii for the successful conclusion of his tours abroad in May.
For photos & comments, please see
Things will be quiet for a while.  Nobu is enjoying some well-deserved rest.  He has only one public performance scheduled for June, and then it will be July before he returns to action on the 2015 Chopin/Liszt premium recital Japan tour.  He won't be performing outside Japan until October. 
But we already have so much to be thankful for, such as ...
♪ May 18
The BBC Radio 3 podcast of Nobu's performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Manchester, U.K. is there for your listening pleasure, available through mid-June.
Click HERE <--- for LINK to listen to the show on demand, available through mid-June 2015.
♪ May 27
According to the 
tweeter who provided the photo below, Nobu performed 3 pieces on stage last night at the
gala dinner of the Japan Society of Boston:
1.ノクターン第二番 2.ラ・カンパネラ、、、(おそらく、これ) 3.それでも、生きて行く(これは、泣けた)
[1. (Chopin's)  Nocturne No. 2. La Campanella (I think) 3. Still, we  live  on (which  moved me to tears)]
♪ May 26
Well -- big surprise!  It turns out that today Nobu is on the East Coast of the U.S.! 
This tweet was posted at about midnight, by a Japanese currently in Massachusetts:
Tonight I was blessed with the opportunity to listen to the performance of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii.
That's Nobu on stage all right, and it seems that people are standing in front of the stage.  It seems to be a small venue (which turns out to be Boston's Fairmont Copley Plaza).
And ... after a little investigation, I figured out that the event is the Annual Dinner of the Japan Society of Boston - yes, see here.  The gala features Caroline Kennedy (U.S. Ambassador to Japan), and Nobu is one of three "distinguished honorees".
The keynote speaker of the gala was Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, here is a photo of her at the event, posted with a tweet that read:
"Ambassador @CarolineKennedy urging more US/Japan student exchanges. Receives #JapanSocietyofBoston leadership award"
♪ May 26

Today I heard from a knowledgeable person who commented on the ossia cadenza that Nobu chose for his performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3
I felt I experienced "music" of the passage for the first time
His (every) chord sound is very beautiful and stable.
So I felt he played it effortlessly.
I didn't feel he was struggling against the cadenza as other pianists did.
And as a result, the music of the passage flew smoothly and fluently.
His sound has no excess and no failure.
This is his most excellent taste of musicianship.
As we can hear in his La Campanella, too, the melody flows fluently in any technically difficult pieces.
Through such sound, excellence comes out.
I especially adore the 2nd movement of his play.
More at A Comment on Nobu's Rach 3 as aired on BBC Radio 3
♪ May 25

This just in: In March 2016, Nobu will be performing Rach 3 in Germany, with the Dresdner Philharmonie, under the baton of Michael Sanderling :
These are the performances that I found on the web:
On the website of the Dresdner Philharmonie, Nobu is listed as one of the Dresdner Philharmonie solotists March 2 (Philharmonie, Berlin),
♪ May 25
Nobu is no longer an IMG artist
One of the supposedly big prizes of Nobu winning the Cliburn Competition was a management contract with IMG (International Management Group), which started on January 5, 2012 (see this announcement).
I was checking on Nobu's IMG artist page (which had not been updated for ages and has now disappeared) and noticed that he is no longer on their list of pianist artists! IMG reportedly has had significant personnel turnovers, including the departure of key managers such as Nobu's former IMG contact (Ms. Charlotte Lee), so this development is not unexpected. I do wonder who is now handling Nobu's engagements in Europe and U.S. Let's hope the change is all for the better.
♪ May 22

Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii, Nobu's mother, has started her own blog and she posted many photos from her trip in Vienna, including this one taken -- perhaps from where she sat -- in Vienna's "Golden Hall" on May 16.  "Without Mr. Sado, Nobuyuki would not be where he is today," she wrote.  For my write-up on the long-standing relationship between  Conductor Yutaka Sado and Nobu, please see Yutaka Sado and Nobuyuki Tsujii (November 2014 -- updated May 22 2014)
♪ May 22
Mo 09.11.2015 | 19.30 | Stadtcasino Basel Solistenabend  <-- NEW CONCERT
Monday November 9, 2015| 19:30 at the Stadcasino, Basel, Switzerland.
Nobuyuki Tsujii Klavier
Frédéric Chopin/Liszt
concert info
May 22
A while back we heard this music composed by Nobu for a Tokyo TV show 「美の巨人たち」 "Giants of Beauty". The music is now packaged with other recorded tracks of compositions by Debussy and Ravel -- including Sonatine, new) for a CD, 辻井伸行: 印象派コレクション CD (Nobuyuki Tsujii: Impressionist Collection), to be released July 22 (preceding Nobu's August tour, of course :-)
http://shop.mu-mo.net/avx/sv/item1?jsiteid=AVCL&seq_exhibit_id=141618  <------NEW CD
辻井伸行の テーマ曲「美の巨人たち」 Nobuyuki Tsujii theme music... by nobufans
♪ May 16
A big thanks to our friend Yuko for spotting this blog post by Berlin-based Japanese bassist Toru-san, a foodie friend of Nobu. There are some great photos of Toru-san enjoying sushi with Nobu and his family at their favorite sushi restaurant in Tokyo, in April. Please click HERE  to see the blog post.
May 14
Nobuyuki Tsujii DVD box set now available from Euroarts Music
Three DVDs are in the box: White Nights; Nobuyuki Tsujii live at Carnegie Hall; Touching the Sound - The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii
image via Internet link
More Nobu news! 
Please click each link to read these sections on a separate screen - the links are also in the sidebar
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Original Articles
Happy Mother's Day 2015! (My lunch with Nobu) (May 2015)
Why does Mr. Tsujii rock his head and body? (April 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Liszt's Sonata in B Minor
(March 2015)
A quiet reverence for Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii in Japan (March 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii "What the wind brings" 辻井伸行の風がはこんできたも (March 2015)

Nobuyuki Tsujii meets Prince William (March 2015)
A little Dirty Laundry in the Classical Music World (February 2015)
A look at Nobuyuki Tsujii's "Appassionata" recital works
(February 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii, guided by the conductor (February 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii appreciation from Brazil & China (February 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii -- film music composer
Nobuyuki Tsujii Original Works 2015 album (January 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Rhapsody in Blue (January 2015)
On Standing Ovations & National Characters (January 2015)
Rachmaninoff's "Ossia" Cadenza (January 2015)
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Rach 3 -- update (January 2015)
この辻井伸行プッシュは誰が得するの? Who benefits from this Nobuyuki Tsujii push?
Image Making for Concert Pianists - a year-end musing (December 2014)

Yutaka Sado and Nobuyuki Tsujii (November 2014)
See the complete list here: Original Articles

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Japan Amazon classical music chart
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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)
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google classical music forum
Classical Music Concert recommendations blog (Japanese)
Billboard Japan classical chart

Media articles of note
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?
The Great Piano Scam of  Pianist Joyce Hatto
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 Op. 28 Preludes analysis
Chopin Op. 10 etudes analysis

Choreography of the Hands: The Work of Dorothy Taubman 
Travelling Musicians by Jessica Duchen
"Not a Fan" by the Crack Critic
Interviews of pianists by Elija Ho, San Francisco Chronico
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