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April 20 19:30 Nobuyuki Tsujii's 2018 ICELAND Debut
On Friday April 20, Nobuyuki Tsujii performs with Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra at the Eldborg Concert Hall (1,800 seats) in Iceland's st Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.
Event and tickets announcement
This is Nobu's debut performance in Iceland. This performance precedes a 12-performance Japan Tour in November.
News, comments and photos of this performance can be found at Nobuyuki Tsujii's 2018 ICELAND Debut
♪ April 19 Nobu gives free performance for Iceland's "First Day of Summer" Celebration
KEX HOSTEL REYKJAVIK @KexHostel tweeted  ["KEX is the Icelandic word for “biscuit” and a social hostel in Reykjavík"]
https://twitter.com/KexHostel/status/986690350633881602
Klukkan 15 á morgun verður heldur óhefðbundin uppákoma á Kex þegar japanski píanistinn Nobuyuki Tsujii kemur fram ásamt fríðu föruneyti.
Komdu og fagnaðu sumardeginum fyrsta með okkur og njóttu tóna á heimsmælikvarða! Frítt inn eins og alltaf og allir velkomnir!
"At 15:00 tomorrow we will have a rather unusual appearance at the Kex when the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii joins us. Come and celebrate First Summer Day [April 19 in Iceland] with us and enjoy world-class tones! Free as always and welcome!"
PHOTO: The Kex Hostel -- Image source: http://girlwhotravelstheworld.com/
April 19 this year is designated Iceland's "First Day of Summer", a public holiday, which is celebrated with "parades, sporting events and organized entertainment, held in various places around Iceland."
Apparently Nobu is helping with the festivities by giving a free recital!
I just checked: The weather forecast for the day is rainy and 40°- 50° F (10°C), so a recital indoor is quite appropriate!

Image: A "First Day of Summer" greeting from the National Museum of Iceland.
♪ April 18 A page from the Iceland Newspaper Fréttablaðið
I had to flip through all 48 pages to find this on the last page of today's Iceland's newspaper Fréttablaðið =>
http://www.visir.is/paper/fbl/180418.pdf
It appears to be a very classy advertisement for the April 20 concert, with a nice photo of Nobu superimposed on black background. The word "NOBU" in white and  huge font is in the bottom, and the word "ASHKENAZY", in white and smaller font, is on top.
The text says:
Nobuyuki Tsujii en hann er stórstjarna í heimalandi sínu. Þessi 28 ára gamli snillingur hefur verið blindur frá fæðingu en lætur það ekki aftra sér og lærir jafnvel erfiðustu verk píanóbókmenntanna eftir heyrn. Nobu hreppti gullverðlaun í Van. Cliburn-píanókeppninni árið 2009 og hefur komið fram í öllum helstu tónleikahöllum ..
"Nobuyuki Tsujii is a big star in his native country. This 28-year-old genius has been blind since birth but does not let go and even learns the hardest work of the piano literature by ear. Nobu won a gold medal at the Van Cliburn Piano Competition in 2009 and has been featured in all major concert halls."
♪ April 18 Nobu
is in Iceland!
The Iceland Symphony Orchestra posted a couple of photos that include Nobu
Posting 1
Vladimir Ashkenazy og japanski píanistinn Nobuyuki Tsujii eftir velheppnaða fyrstu æfingu með hljómsveitinni í morgun. Þeir hafa unnið náið saman að undanförnu og halda meðal annars í tónleikaferð til Japans í nóvember ásamt Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands. Í farteskinu verða tvær ólíkar efnisskrár og á föstudaginn næstkomandi hljómar sú fyrri sem eins konar upphitun fyrir tónleikaferðina.
"Vladimir Ashkenazy and Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii after a successful first practice with this orchestra this morning. They have worked closely together, including a concert tour to Japan in November with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. .. The Friday performance is like a warmup for the tour."
The photo shows Maestro Askenazy, in his white turtle neck shirt that I have seen him in before, standing next to Nobu and with his left hand around Nobu's shoulders.  Nobu is wearing a long-sleeve shirt with printed patterns, his hair a little shaggy. And uh oh, do I see the faint trace of a beard just under his chin? [I didn't notice it at first but this has been pointed out to me.]
Posting 2
Japanski píanistinn Nobuyuki Tsujii er mættur til landsins og tók Karlakórinn Fóstbræður höfðinglega á móti einleikaranum í Hörpuhorni. Nobu þakkaði fyrir sig með því að leika La Campanella eftir Franz Liszt og skildi áheyrendur eftir agndofa. Á föstudaginn leikur þessi stórstjarna píanókonsert nr. 2 eftir Chopin með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands.
"Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is in the country and attended a performance at Hörpuhorni [Harp Corner]. Nobu thanked us with playing La Campanella by Franz Liszt and left the audience enthralled. On Friday, this great piano star performs concerto no. 2 by Chopin with the orchestra."
The photo shows Nobu, dressed in a dark shirt playing on a grand piano, surrounded by formally-dressed orchestra members who look on as he plays "La Campanella"
♪ Nobu the Road Warrior
This month, Nobu travels to a part of the world that he has never been before (nor have I).
On April 20, he will make his Iceland debut with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy & the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
From there, he travels to Liverpool, U.K. to perform with conductor Vasily Petrenko & the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on the 26th & 27th.
Tokyo to Reykjavik flight time 14hr+; Reykjavik to Liverpool 8hr+; Liverpool to Tokyo 14h+.

 (Image source: https://www.cruiseandmaritime.com/)
Iceland -- will there be  a Nobu "travelogue" documentary?
Nobu makes his Iceland debut next week on April 20. It will be his first visit to the country, and it occurs to me that it will be a good place for one of those excellent Nobu travelogue documentaries that we have grown so fond of.
Iceland is a country about 1/4 the size of the nation of Japan, or the size of the U.S. state of Kentucky; with a distinctive geography and culture. 
It shares with Japan two favorites: geothermal pools and seafood.
♪ April 17 "The pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is a true star in his native country"
Posted by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra today:
https://www.facebook.com/IcelandSymphony/posts/1905644036126318
Píanistinn Nobuyuki Tsujii er algjör stjarna í heimalandi sínu en þessi japanski snillingur hefur verið blindur frá fæðingu. Hann lærir jafnvel erfiðustu verk píanóbókmenntanna eftir heyrn en á föstudaginn næsta leikur hann einmitt píanókonsert nr. 2 eftir Chopin með Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands. Einungis örfáir miðar fáanlegir á
"The pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is a true star in his native country, but this Japanese genius has been blind since birth. He learns even the hardest works of the piano literature by ear, but on Friday he plays the piano concerto no. 2 by Chopin with the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Only a few tickets are available."
I posted this comment:
Hi from Nobuyuki Tsujii Fans -- we have heard from someone who is flying from Washington D.C. to Iceland for this very concert. She carries with her our best wishes to the orchestra, Maestro Ashkenazy and our beloved Nobu. I myself have had the fortune of seeing Mr. Ashkenazy & Nobu perform in U.K. & in Sydney -- I consider it a privilege to have been there. If we had wings, we would all be in Iceland. Bestu óskir!
♪ April 16 Iceland Concert getting sold-out, auxiliary seats to be added
Posted by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra yesterday:
https://www.facebook.com/IcelandSymphony/posts/1903290186361703
Á föstudaginn næsta leikur japanski píanósnillingurinn Nobuyuki Tsujii píanókonsert nr. 2 eftir Chopin.
Uppselt er að verða á tónleikana en við vorum að bæta við sætum fyrir aftan sviðið fyrir þá sem vilja ekki missa af þessum snillingi.
"On Friday next week the Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii Piano Concerto no. 2 by Chopin. The concert is going to be sold out, but we are adding seats behind the stage for those who do not want to miss this genius."
[Translating the Iceland language is going to pose quite a challenge ^_^]
Online, tickets for some regular seats are still available => Event announcement
Comments, photos and news about this performance is being collected here => Nobuyuki Tsujii's 2018 ICELAND Debut
The performance will be held at the Eldborg Concert Hall (bottom photo; 1,800 seats) in Iceland's state-of-the-art Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre (top photo)
♪ Reminder: April 26 Liverpool concert to be live streamed
Once again, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to watch a concert as it is being performed in Liverpool, in real time as well as on delay.
The "Petrenko's Shostakovich" concert will take place on April 26 Thursday 7:30 PM U.K. time, with Nobu performing Tchaikovsky's PIano Concerto No. 1.
Live-stream link => http://www.liverpoolphil.com/live-streamed-concerts
Below is a video of an excerpt from the previous livestream (February 2018), of Nobu performing with Conductor Petrenko & the Liverpool Phil.
♪ May 2019: Nobu to reunite with conductor Marko Letonja and the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg
In winter 2017, Nobu toured with conductor Marko Letonja and the Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg in France, Germany and Switzerland.
It was a smashing success. At their parting, Maestro Letonja said to Nobu that they should perform together again soon. 
Looks like the maestro has made good on his words.
I just came upon this announcement of this performance: 27.05.2019 Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne, Germany) -- Nobu will play Tchai 1. I suspect there are other performances. Stay tuned!
https://westdeutsche-konzertdirektion.de/event/orchestre-philharmonique-de-strasbourg-nobu-tsujii/
Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg , Marko Letonja, Dirigent, Nobuyuki Tsujii, Klavier
Mo 27.05.2019, 20:00 Uhr
Kölner Philharmonie
♪April 14  "After filming with Nobu"
April 3 Instagram posting by violinist Fumiaki Miura​: "After filming with Nobu!" Apparently the two friends went drinking after the public recording session for "Untitled Concert". In the photo, the two dudes are enjoying tall glasses of beer. They are dressed casually and both seem happy and relaxed.

♪ April 14 Official homepage for the 2018 Ashkenazy-Nobu Japan tour
The Nobuyuki Tsujii Official Website now has a link to the homepage for the Japan tour, listing all 12 performances in November.
♪Asahi News article: "辻井伸行 大人への「進化」Nobuyuki Tsujii's "Evolution" to Adulthood"
This article, "Nobuyuki Tsujii's 'Evolution' to Adulthood," was posted by Japan's Asahi Shimbun, apparently to promote the Nagoya stops of Nobu's upcoming performances on "two Japan tours with prestigious European orchestras."
The original article in Japanese is here:
http://www.asahi.com/area/aichi/articles/MTW20180411241310003.html
The contents is mostly familiar, but with some interesting new bits and what looks to be an up-to-date photo of Nobu.
In the photo, he is dressed in white shirt (no tie) and dark blue suit jacket, with a jaunty light blue pocket handkerchief; he is looking up and smiling. 
English translation at http://mlliu2006.blogspot.com/2018/04/nobuyuki-tsujiis-evolution-to-adulthood.html
This interview has been added to a collection of Nobuyuki Tsujii Interviews
"Forest of Sheep and Steel" film soundtrack CD coming
The announcement was posted by Japan's Tower Record
http://tower.jp/item/4717999
【CD】
羊と鋼の森 ~映画「羊と鋼の森」のために
辻井伸行 、 久石譲 、 東京交響楽団
[Music]  for the movie "Forest of sheep and steel"
Nobuyuki Tsujii, Joe Hisaishi, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
According to Nobu fan sunsoon, the release date is June 6
This is the film based on a best-selling novel about the life experience of a piano tuner, featuring music of the first collaboration of composer Joe Hisaishi and Nobu
♪ April 5 Paris Recital -- December 17 2018 <= NEW CONCERT!
This came up on the web today, announcement of a December 17 recital at the Theatre de Champs Elysees in Paris, where Nobu performed his debut Paris full recital last October (I was there).
https://www.offi.fr/concerts/theatre-des-champs-elysees-1756/recital-de-piano-par-nobuyuki-tsujii-1344112.html

The program is listed as works by Satie, Debussy, Ravel and Chopin (no Kaptustin!) -- so it may not be the same program that Nobu performed on "Debut 10 Years" Japan recital Tour.
The performance is not as yet listed on Nobu's Official Website and it comes more than a month before Nobu's recital at Queen E Hall, London, 1.30.2019
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Kapustin in Germany August 5 2018
I have known for some time that Nobuyuki Tsujii will be performing at a summer festival in Friedrichshafen, Germany this August, but with all the exciting happenings of Nobu, I had neglected to keep an eye on this concert.
The 2018 KULTURUFER FRIEDRICHSHAFEN is described as "a large ten-day [summer] festival with music and dance, theater and cabaret in a total of 30 tent events." Friedrichshafen is a lakeside city in Southern Germany. Nobu's performance takes place in the evening 20:00 of the last day August 5 of the festival.
Thanks to sharp-eyed Nobu fan sunsoon, it is now known that Nobu is scheduled to perform the recital repertoire that he has performed on his just completed and very successful Debut 10 Years" Japan Tour. I have to admit that this took me by (happy) surprise!
http://kultur-friedrichshafen.de/nobuyuki-tsujii-2/<== tickets are only 20 € each
 
♪ April 16 "No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon"
I heard about this book titled "No Barriers" on radio today, and of course thought of Nobu, who has often said there are no barriers in music.
The author, Erik Weihenmayer, lost his sight at high-school age, but has made many first's in outdoor adventures for the blind, including climbing the Everest and kayaking the Grand Canyon.
Nobu's endeavors are not as physical, but no less (and arguably more) remarkable.
When Nobu -- who has NEVER seen -- plays something like Profofiev's third concerto, his acrobatics on the keyboard & interaction with the orchestra are perhaps every bit as heart-pounding as Mr. Weihenmayer navigating a rapid in a kayak.
Nobuyuki Tsujii English Wikipedia Page