Happy 24, Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii!

On September 13, 2012 Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii became 24 years old.
 Nobuyuki Tsujii 2009
  Nobuyuki Tsujii 2012
From that round-faced,  roly-poly 20-years old who captivated so many hearts at the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Mr. Tsujii has blossomed into a confident and stylish young gent, right in front of our eyes. 

When I first fell under the spell of Mr. Tsujii --  Nobu -- in 2010, I was intoxicated on his music and his compelling life story.  Little did I know all the pleasures and surprises that was waiting ahead for me!  The music just kept coming -- on CDs, in videos, and in concerts -- and never failed to enchant.  Tweets, blog posts, TV shows, YouTube, concerts ... it is a full-time job keeping up with all the Nobu news! 

Below you will find a photo digest of the highlights of the year that has been for Nobu.  As you can see,  it was another whirlwind of a year of unimaginable accomplishments.  I know it is irrational, but I do feel proud -- and happy -- for him.  It is cliché to say how amazing Nobu is, or how inspiring.  But he is indeed all that, and more. 

Last year around this time, on his 23rd birthday, I had been following Nobu's career for exactly one year, via this website.  Smitten as I was, I nevertheless had my share of doubts about him.  I frowned at his dabbling in his own compositions,
and I questioned his allegiance to classical piano music.  In one year, Nobu has turned me into a big fan of his original music; and his Carnegie Hall and London debuts - both of which I personally attended -- proved to me beyond any doubt that Mr. Tsujii belongs on the big stages of the classical world. 

Now, another year later,  I  have learned that this young man is far more than just a pianist wonder.  His personality has flourished.  In Japan, he now speaks with ease and humor at concerts, much to the delight of his adoring audiences.  He traveled to the earthquake-struck region of Japan to perform -- time and again -- in support of the region's reconstruction.  Although I am far from being fluent in Japanese, I have grown addicted to reading Japanese tweets and blogs about Mr. Tsujii.   In these postings, the reverence for him has grown both in tone and in range.  Nobu has won the hearts and respect of a wide spectrum of his own countrymen:  finicky Tokyo crowds,  medical professionals, parents, grandparents, musicians, students -- male and female, young and old.   The reverence for him from his countrymen speaks volumes to me.

In Japan, Mr. Tsujii now appears in a high-school textbook.   A book about him was on this summer's national reading list for school children.  His Mozart album, just released, tops the classical music chart, as is his "Flowers are Blooming" CD (for earthquake reconstruction) that won't even be released until October.

Happy birthday, Mr. Tsujii!  This fan looks forward to yet another fun-filled year of following your exciting career.

                                              A year of triumphs - Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii at age 23.

September 24/25, 2011 Mozart concerto in sold-out performances in Japan  with the Orchestra Ensemble of Kanazawa.
Photo Source: http://instagr.am/p/OXKzT/
November 3, 2011: Nobu the music director for the film "Return of the Falcon"
November 10, 2011: Carnegie Hall debut recital.  Moving and triumphant.  I was there.
Source:  Avex Classics, Japan.

Dec 7 Antalya Piano Festival, Turkey.  "Turkish March" performed.
Source of photos:
http://on.fb.me/uI61oD (Anatalya Piano Festival Facebook page) 

December 20 through March 26:  2011-12 Japan tour; SOLD OUT at every one of the 11 stops.
Source:  Avex Classics, Japan.
March 2,3 2012 - reunion with the BBC Philharmonic and Yutaka Sado in England.
Source: http://www.nobupiano1988.com/recitalreport/index.html
March 11, 2012. Paris debut, UNESCO 311 memorial concert with Yutaka Sado and the Super Kids Orchestra.
March 14, 2012. recital at Konzerthaus Berlin Beethoven sonata performed in Beethoven's homeland.
Source: http://www.nobupiano1988.com/recitalreport/index.html
March 21, 2012. "Triumphant  launch: Soundstage Festival" Waidhofen, AustriaMozart sonata performed in Mozart's homeland.
Photo source: http://www.noen.at/lokales/noe-uebersicht/amstetten/kultur/Klaviermusik-mit-Tiefgang;art2382,380540

May 13, 2012. Mother's Day concert in Basel, Switzerland.  Rousing premiere performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3
Source: http://www.nobupiano1988.com/recitalreport/index.html
May 15, 2012. "Boss Silky" coffee drink commercial  in Japan won raves.
Source:  http://headlines.yahoo.co.jp/hl?a=20120510-00000001-mantan-ent.view-000
May 18, 2012. Chopin Piano Concerto 1 in Poznana, Poland - homeland of Frederik Chopin.
Source: http://www.radiomerkury.pl/informacje/muzyczne/nobuyuki-tsujii-i-fryderyk-chopin.html
May 24 Thrilling London debut with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Philharmonia.   I was there.
Source: http://www.nobupiano1988.com/recitalreport/index.html
July 8 Sensational debut in St. Petersburg,  with conductor Vladimir Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra.  Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 performed in the Russian composer's homeland.
 Source: EuroArts
August 18 Curtain-closing act for Peace for World concert in Hiroshima -- A commanding performance of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama  and the Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra(Screen grab from UStream live streaming of the concert.)

Summer 2012 - Sold-out summer festival concerts in Japan
Source: http://atelierlumiere8.blog.fc2.com/blog-entry-224.html
September 4: release of Mozart Album.  Best selling classical music in Japan.  Source: Avex Classics September 5: NHK aired "Flowers  Bloom" special in prime time Japan.
Photo source: http://www.oricon.co.jp/news/photo/2015696/7/

辻井伸行君24歳の誕生日おめでとう。 And many more

The piano art work in the background of this photo , "Piano and Red Rose", is by Gary Curtis.  Source:  here  No copyright infringement is intended.

Sample tweets and postings that came up on September 13, 2012

Happy 24th birthday to 2009 Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii!!  -- Cliburn facebook  page  http://on.fb.me/NqgaPb
Please add your "like" on that page to show support for Nobu, and add a comment in your own language.

And, on September 12 11PM US time a happy note to me from the webmaster of Nobu:
N. A. , Nobu's tour manager wrote to me that (he) read your message for Nobu's 24th birthday to Nobu yesterday, Nobu wholeheartedly appreciated it, and your wonderful and thoughtful website, too.
I heard Nobu was now enjoying private time as well as practicing hard to prepare for 2012/13 season program.
He was expecting and looking forward to seeing you at somewhere in US or Canada early next year.
N remembered very best wishes from Nobu and himself.


辻井伸行さん誕生日なのか  It is the birthday of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii.

お はようございます。今日9/13(木)は、クララ・シューマン(1819-1896)、アルノルト・シェーンベルク(1874-1951)、ロバート・ ウォード(1717-)、辻井伸行さん(1988-)の誕生日のようです。Good morning. Today Thursday, 9/13, seems to be birthday of Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Arnold Schoenberg(1874-1951), Robert Ward(1717 -)  Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii (1998-).

今日が誕生日の有名人 @ _happybirthday
9 月13日が誕生日の著名人:シェーンベルク、山田洋次、宮内義彦、安藤忠雄、井上大輔、鳩山邦夫、アラン・デュカス、玉置浩二、三原じゅん子、砂原良徳、 松岡由貴、ステラ・マッカートニー、旭天鵬、 武田美保、松坂大輔、井上舞妃子、鈴木えみ、小林可夢偉、中上真亜子、辻井伸行、中別府葵 Famous people born on September 13:  ...  Tsujii Nobuyuki ...

Today is the birthday of Tadao Ando, ​​Nobuyuki Tsujii, Koji Tamaki, Daisuke Matsuzaka, all born on  September 13, ...... genius is born.
  - tweet

9/13は、ピアニスト・辻井伸行の誕生日です。おめでとうございます。 9/13 is the birthday of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Congratulations.
きょ う9月13日は 辻井伸行さんの誕生日です  Today September 13 is the birthday of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii http://fb.me/1W1Mrk4kX (YouTube "Morning in Cortona" video)

ピアニストの辻井伸行さんって同い年なのか。。誕生日おめでとうございます! I am the same age as Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii... Happy birthday to you!

誕 生日おめでとうございます!盲目のピアニストの辻井 伸行さんと同じ誕生日なんですね。暗闇の中から明かりを点す人。 Happy birthday to you! blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and I share the same birthday. He lit the light out of darkness.

9/13(木) 空を覆っていた白い雲が、何時の間にかなくなり、 青空が見えてます。 鳥の声も聞こえます。 24度。30〜24度。広島なう。 ハッピーバースデー 辻井伸行さん。 ピアニストです。 今日は「乃木大将の日」です。 明治天皇の大喪の日に夫人とともに殉死しました。 Thursday, 9/13 White clouds covered the sky, covering the blue sky. I can hear the sound of the birds. 24 degrees. 30-24 degrees. In Hiroshima. Happy Birthday Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii. Pianist. Today is "the day of General Nogi." This is the day of the martyrdom of Emperor Meiji and his wife.

おはよう 今日もフォローありがとう☻ こちらは薄い空 そちらはどうですか 本日は ピアニストの辻井伸行さんの お誕生日です 彼の優しいタッチ 心が洗われるは この事なんだろうかと そう思いながら この心地よさに 身体全部を預ける朝。 是非。 今日もあなたらしく 私らしく  Good morning. In the thin air here...   Today
is the birthday of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii.  I think of his gentle touch that washes my heart...

Do you know nobu in person? Cause I seriously want to deliver my wish for his birthday :)

そうか辻井伸行さんのバースデーなんですね。おめでとうございます。いつかきっと会いにいきます(片想い)♡ Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii's birthday. Congratulations. I want to meet him someday  (unrequited love)

今日もずっと辻井伸行さんのMozart Albumを聴いてました。なんて素晴らしいアルバム。伸行さんのピアノにどれ程助けられているでしょう。この時代に生まれて来てくれてありがとう。HAPPY BIRTHDAY!24☆きっと世界中に私と同じような人が伸行さんのピアノを待ってますよ!
Today, listening to the Mozart Album of  Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii. What a great album. ... Thank you for being born in this era. HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY!People like me all over the world are  surely waiting for Mr. Nobuyuki's piano!

ムスメが今読んでいる、ピアニスト辻井伸行さんの本を持って来て「辻井伸行さんってすごいんだよ!」と興奮気味に話しかけてくる。その辻井伸行さん、今日が24回目の誕生日なんだってね。 My daughter spoke to me excitedly about what she is reading now,  pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii's book! "Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii is awesome." I heard that today is the 24th birthday of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii.

EuroArts Music @euroarts Happy 24th birthday, Nobuyuki Tsujii. The entire EuroArts Music Team wishes you a great day. http://fb.me/1BAPjVk

Cliburn Foundation @TheCliburn Happy 24th birthday to 2009 Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii!