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December is here! Nobu is probably busy practicing Bach's Italian concerto in preparation for his upcoming Bach/Mozart/Beethoven recital tour in Japan. And we also have a New-Year TV special to look forward to!
♪ December 14-25 Nobuyuki Tsujii Bach/Mozart/Beethoven Japan Recital Tour (5 stops), to continue in 2017.
As of December 6, all performances whose tickets have come on general sale have sold out, with the exception of Oita 大分 (WHY? One wonders).  Tickets for several performances have not yet come on general sale. 

♪ December 7  And, here it is, an announcement of this year's New-Year-Day TV special, with a trailer:
BS朝日 2017 奇跡のピアニスト辻井伸行
【1/1(日)夜9:00】 世界遺産で弾く日豪友好の調べ
BS Asahi Miracle Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii TV special
Japan-Australia friendship World Heritage performance
New Year Day 9PM
Below is a screen grab from the trailer -- more photos here => 2017 Nobuyuki Tsujii New-Year-Day TV Special
I find this photo deeply moving. It shows Nobu and his manager, Mr. Nick Asano, walking along the Sydney Harbor on their way to the Opera House (photo right) under an overcast sky.  I was on that same walk last month, possibly on the same day.  The angle and the lighting of the photo is perfect.  In the photo,  Nobu's left hand is placed on the back of the suited Mr. Asano, who is carrying a heavy backpack. It speaks to me of the travail that Nobu and Mr. Asano endure on these arduous tours, for all the glamour and glitter that we see Nobu on stage.  I have always sensed it, but this photo expresses it perfectly.
♪ The broadcast of  Nobuyuki Tsujii Sydney Debut broadcast on Australia Classic Radio is no longer available, but we thank ABC for the broadcast and hope to get to hear Nobu's 2017 Sydney performances!
♪ December 7  :-(  Nobu's new Chopin CD dropped to No. 10 on Billboard Japan classical chart
Hopefully, sales will pick up when the Japan Recital Tour  starts next week
Meanwhile, Nobu's "The Best" album (released 2014) is listed as No. 6 on Billboard JAPAN's Top Classical Albums of Year 2016 
This album is sold at Nobu's concerts, and the lower price (2000Y instead of the usual 3000Y) is perhaps also a factor.
December 7

We now have a proper announcement of the Nobuyuki Tsujii × Vladimir Jurowski × LPO -- 2017 performance in Nagoya on October 8, 2017:
チャイコフスキー:ピアノ協奏曲 第1番 変ロ短調 作品23 <ピアノ>辻井伸行
チャイコフスキー:交響曲 第5番 ホ短調 作品64
Popular performance by a masterful conductor and a prestigious orchestra that shake the West! The long-awaited first visit of conductor Jurowski to Japan! His magical conducting packs the halls and earn acclaims. Live performances of his CDs have also gained overwhelming support in the whole world. Jurowski and the London Phil is a combination of modern charisma.
The classic world 's courageous & prestigious British orchestra finally comes to Nagoya.
Nobuyuki Tsujii, the soloist, has been popular with the London audience since he made his debut in London's Proms. Great expectations of a red-hot performance!
【Scheduled program】
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg "The Master-Singers of Nuremberg" Opera Overture
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23 <Piano> Nobuyuki Tsujii
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op, 64
There is a link on the page for purchasing tickets.
♪ December 6  Amusing t
weet of the day
I definitely think these three people are among today's Japan third-generation handsome "Ikayuru [cool] men": Hideo Matsuyama [golfer], Tetsuro Itorya [chess master], Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii.
♪ December 7  Full-page newspaper advertisement for Nobu's 10-"Gold" CD pack
少し前の辻井さんの新聞広告姉が持って来てくれた。「辻井伸行の世界」  Mr. Tsujii 's newspaper advertising; my sister  brought it. a while ago."The world of Tsujii Nobuyuki"
November 23  Nobu's 2013 Proms performance aired on BBC Radio 3 "Through the Night"
I know everyone has already heard that performance, but it is good that Nobu is remembered by BBC Radio 3's John Shea, who chose to play the recording on today's "Through the Night" program.
The program can be listened to here through mid-December => http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0833vnx, and Nobu's Rach2 performance with BBC Philharmonic and Conductor: Juanjo Mena is at time mark 00:58 (58 minutes from the start of the program.)

Image source: http://userdisk.webry.biglobe.ne.jp/
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
Meeting a blind person -  published by the Braille Bookstore