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Happy February! This month (extra day for the leap year) we have enjoyed Nobu performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 in Tokyo (the 4th, 5th & 6th);
We can look forward to a broadcast on Asahi TV show "Untitled concert" on Valentine's Day; and a 10-stop "Ultimate Concertos" Japan tour with violinist Miura Fumiaki on the 16th-28th.

February 14 Nobu to appear on
Asahi-TV's 題名のない音楽会 Daimei Untitled Concert show

Last December 14 Nobu appeared in a recorded concert, along with violinist Maxim Vengerov, as guests for the Asahi-TV 題名のない音楽会 Daimei Untitled Concert TV show. The recorded performance will be aired on the show on February 14 -- St. Valentine's Day! Shown will be parts of "Emperor" concerto and the second movement of Beethoven's "Pathetique" sonata.  And Nobu will speak with show host Ryu Goto (violinist) about performing Beethoven's music.
http://concert-info.jugem.jp/ December 14 2015 entry. Also http://tpo.or.jp/media/
And this broadcast is now also mentioned on News section on Nobu's official site
「題名のない音楽会 12/14収録」
第一部 辻井伸行によるベートーヴェンの音楽会
ピアノ:辻井伸行「ピアノ協奏曲 第5番 皇帝」
「ピアノソナタ 第8番 悲愴」 第二楽章(アンコールとして)
"Untitled Concert 12/14 recording"
Part 1 Concert of Beethoven with Tsujii Nobuyuki
February 14, 2016 (Sun) broadcast schedule
Orchestra: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Ota Masane
Piano: Nobuyuki Tsujii "Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor"
"Piano Sonata No. 8 Pathetique" second movement (as encore)


Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 The February 4, 5, 6 performances in Tokyo and Yokohama have concluded.
Good news: According to what our friend Yuko read in a concert brochure, the Februrary 5 performance will be broadcast in Japan in June
News, photos and comments about these performances can be found at Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1
February 6

読響前半終了。辻井伸行なかなか良い音ね。 しかし拍手の 間中キチガイの 絶叫と言うか悲鳴みたいなのが響き渡っていい加減気持ち悪かった。Yomikyo first half is over. Nobuyuki Tsujii sounded quite good. But there was some unusual shouting during the long applause -- annoying. [Editorial: Nobu fans must have been out in force at this matinee concert. ^_^]

From our friend Yuko who was at the concert:
First of all, I have good news. Nobu's Beethoven No.1 at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre will be aired in June. I was so happy when I found this information in a brochure.
[The tweet above says] that someone abnormally shouted for a few minutes during applause.
But I could not hear it well because the audience gave Nobu a big hand for his wonderful performance.
Beethoven No.1 is not "flashy". But I like it after this concert.
Mr. Cambreling led Nobu to the piano gently. The start of the concerto was so good.  And then Nobu's performance fascinated the audience. The cadenza of the first movement was clear and elegant. I especially liked the second movement. Nobu and the orchestra played that with subtle beauty. It was moving. Nobu's music was superb, and Mr. Cambreling and the orchestra were
wonderful. I was happy that I could go to the concert.

Reiko Kurita posted this comment on my Nobuyuki Tsujii fans facebook page:
Today I finally made it to Nobu's concert!! His performance moved the audience and the atmosphere in the hall was really heartwarming.He played Beethoven's Piano Sonata "Moonlight" 1st Movement as an encore.

And there is a terrific blog post by a male blogger who was at the Feb 5 Tokyo concert.  He wrote about the music in details, praises Nobu's performance -- the Pathetique reduces him to tears, confirms that there were TV cameras at the performance, and this:
 Coming out of the venue, we walked by the stage door, and by chance Mr. Tsujii was out there, about to get into a green and yellow taxi. As he must be tired, I wish he would be sent off in a little more luxurious vehicle.
Please click here for English translation of the post.
Please visit this page for more comments about the performance: Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1

♪ Nobu to perform with Vladimir Ashkenazy again in Japan this May ...
According to this news article, Nobu will make his debut at the "21st Miyazaki International Music Festival" in Miyazaki Prefecture this May, with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy. Details may be available in a subscriber article -- under investigation.  Nobu and conductor Ashkenazy are also scheduled to perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Sydney in October.
And according to the festival's web site, here is the performance:
5/7 15:00
                     ピアノ協奏曲 第2番 ハ短調 作品18
                     交響曲 第2番 ホ短調 作品27
Concert [2] Ashkenazi × Tsujii Nobuyuki "Rachmaninoff of melancholy"
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise
                         Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor work 18
                         Symphony No. 2 in E minor work 27
Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy
Piano: Tsujii Nobuyuki
Miyazaki International Music Festival Orchestra
The pianist son of Maestro Ashkenazy, Vovka Ashkenazy, is also performing at the festival, in a duo piano concert with his father on May 5!
The ticket prices for the performances are modest, below 9000Y each.

Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy does not take on piano students, not even his own pianist son. But Nobu regards him as a sensei (teacher). I once saw Mr. Ashkenazy give Nobu a quick lesson on the piano right after they had performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2, in Japan. I thought Nobu was being taken to task by the conductor, but ... please click here to read the story, if you like.
Nobuyuki Tsujii & his "Sensei" Ashkenazy

10-stop "Ultimate Concertos" Japan tour with violinist Miura Fumiaki on the 16th-28th
Nobu will share the stage with another young soloist, violinist 三浦文彰 Miura Fumiaki, (born 1993 to violinist parents; 2009 winner of the Hannover International Violin Competition), performing some solo works as well as Rach 2 and 3 with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra.  All 10 performances have been declared sold-out for months and there have been plenty of calls for and offers of tickets on the web.

All-Chopin Recital Tour Jan 6 - Mar 30
The first 10 stops of Nobuyuki Tsujii's 2016 all-Chopin Japan recital tour took place Jan 6 - Jan 26; the responses have been highly positive.  The tour will resume Mar 17- Mar 30.
News, photos and comments about the completed performance are collected here: Nobuyuki Tsujii 2016 All-Chopin Recital Tour - News part 1

Nobu's music takes part in NHK's period drama series『真田丸』Sanada Maru which started last night (Jan 10) in Japan.  Nobu's piano playing appears on the sound track along with the violin playing of Fumiaki Miura -- the two will perform in Japan this February on a sold-out "Ultimate Concerto" tour.  These "Taiga" drama series are highly popular in Japan, as reflected in  the number of tweets that came up mentioning Nobu -- you can read them here: Notable web postings
And you can listen to Nobu's piano playing of the piece "journey" for the end of the show on a video clip - click here
A CD of the show's soundtrack is being released on February 24  Dlvr.It/KJrWVd

Wigmore Hall magazine
Nobu didn't make it to the cover of the April issue of the Wigmore Hall magazine, but his recital on April 16 is listed on P. 12. "The first of three lunchtime concerts in the Avex Recital Series features Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii making his Wigmore Hall debut ..." The magazine can be read online - please click here

More Nobu news! Please click each link to read these sections on a separate screen - the links are also in the sidebar to your left
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:
- 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 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