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Bach/Mozart/Beethoven Japan Recital Tour - last performance on the 29th
The 20-performances tour is drawing to a close with a finale on March 29 Hokkaido).
After Hokkaido Nobu will have just two days to travel to London (a 12 hour flight) for his April 1 recital at Wigmore Hall. Our intrepid Nobu!
News, comments and photos are collected here => Nobuyuki Tsujii Bach/Mozart/Beethoven Japan recital tour Part 3
♪ Next performance:  March 29  19:00 北海道 Hokkaido 札幌コンサートホールKitara 大ホール Kitara Great Hall (2020 seats) <= Tour finale!
Hokkaido is the northernmost island of Japan . The Kitara Hall is modeled after Suntory Hall and enjoys similar reputation for its acoustics. Nobu is a frequent performer there and sells out every time.

♪ From Hokkaido to London
Nobu's Bach/Mozart/Beethoven Japan recital tour is drawing to a close with 3 more performances (March 23 Niigata; March 26 Shizuoka; March 29 Hokkaido).
After the last performance in Hokkaido, Nobu will have just two days to travel to London (a 12+ hour flight from Tokyo) for his April 1 recital Wigmore Hall.
 Nobuyuiki Tsujii at Wigmore Hall April 1 2017
I look forward to seeing Nobu on stage in Wigmore Hall on April 1 and will share my experience here in due time=> Nobu at the Wigmore 2017 -- eyewitness accountMarch 26 3月26日 (日) 14:00 【静岡】静岡市清水文化会館マリナート大ホール [Shizuoka] Shizuoka Shimizu Cultural Center Marinato large hall (1513 seats)  
This short tweet from Shizuoka, among many, tells the story of yesterday's recital:
 辻井伸行さんの生演奏😭✨
3回目なのに泣いちゃった😭
感動。しびれた。
"Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii live. I cried three times. Moved. Going to bed now."
Nobu performed the same 3 encores: Farewell, House of Wind, and La Campanella. This was the next-to-last recital on this Japan tour. Next stop: Hokkaido.
And, from Shinobu:
辻井伸行日本ツアー静岡公演。マリナートでの演奏は初めてとのことです。「昨日静岡入りしておいしいお刺身と桜えびを食べました。静岡でまた公演をしたいです」と今日もお茶目なトークで会場をわかせました。ラカンパネラが始まるとかなり盛大な拍手が起こりました。皆様待っていたのですね
Nobuyuki Tsujii Japan Tour Shizuoka Performance. It was his first time to play at the Marinert.
Today he gave the crowd a a playful talk. "Yesterday I ate delicious Shizuoka sashimi and shrimp. I would like to perform again in Shizuoka. "
When La Campanella started, a big applause applause occurred. Everyone was waiting for that

March 25  Nobu on stage in Paris this October  <= NEW GIG
Exciting news! This came up just today:
Nobuyuki Tsujii recital @TCEOPERA Theatre de Champs Elysees Paris
http://2018.theatrechampselysees.fr/saison/recital/recital-instruments-musique-de-chambre/nobuyuki-tsujii
The young Japanese pianist, a star in his country and a rising star in the world scene,  in a fiery and romantic program.
Programme
Beethoven Sonata No. 8 op. 13 "Pathetique"
Sonata No. 30 op. 109
Chopin Twelve Etudes op. 10
Liszt Feux-follets, Harmonies du Soir, Mazeppa (extracts from the Transcendental Etudes)
Blind from birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii learned the piano strictly by ear, with the help of his family and loved ones. Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, he dazzled the jury with his interpretation of the Chopin etudes.  Of him, the dean of the pianist office Menahem Pressler said: "I have the greatest admiration for him. God took his eyes but gave him physical and musical gifts that allow him to master the greatest works of the repertoire.Here is finally this musician with the sonority of gold in his great Parisian debut and his repertoire of predilection.
This is Nobu's second recital in France, 3 years since his France debut recital at the Louvre, April 17, 2014

More at Nobuyuki Tsujii in France, October 2017
March 24  Cherry Trees are blooming in Japan

Mrs. Tsujii wrote today on her blog:
"Yesterday, the flowering declaration of the cherry blossoms in Tokyo was announced.
The other day I took this photo of a cherry tree at Meguro Immortals on my way back from my grandmother 's grave.
Is the peak of O hanami [flower viewing] next week? I am Looking forward to it."
 

I immediately thought of a piece that I posted about this time last year => The Cherry Trees bloom in the heart of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii
Nobu talks about: his upcoming performances of  Rach 2 and Tchai 1 with Vladimir Jurowski and London Philharmonic Orchestra; playing Bach; kneading clay objects
"I am feeling a change in expressions because I have grown older. I have more sensitivity now than when I was at age 20. Also when a work is played at first, there is a tendency to become excited in the performance and just wanting to go on stage [to show off]. But in recent years I have been able to keep calm ... while keeping up with my youthful energy."
"in 2013, when I was touring with [Vladirmir Ashkenazy], I heard him practicing Bach's Italian Concerto one day when he was free, and I realize that even someone like him is still practicing Bach, so I chose to play that work with this recital tour.
"The feeling of clay is pleasant, and the feeling of the fingers when making shapes by turning the potter wheel is somewhat similar to playing the piano. "
More at => Nobuyuki Tsujii interview -- ぶらあぼ March 18 2017
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
Links:
- 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