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♪ Best wishes to Nobu on the launch of his 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts with violinist Mone Hattori, which started on April 25th.
Photos, news and comments can be found => 2017 Ultimate Concerto Tour News, Photos & Comments
Next performance: April 29 (Sat) 14:00 【Kanagawa】 Yokosuka Arts Theater


♪ April 26 懐かしい写真 A Nostalgic and precious Photo
Yura shared on Twitter a precious photo originally posted by one of Nobu's (former) professors, 干野宜大 Takahiro Hoshino
Professor Hoshino wrote:
https://twitter.com/TAKAHIRO0428/status/857127131255582722
懐かしい写真が出てきた。
辻井君のピアノコンチェルトのレッスンした後にエーベックスのスタッフの方たちと中華。
A nostalgic photo. Mr. Tsujii 's piano concerto lesson. Behind us: Avex staff and a Chinese.
This is a rare photo. Nobu (dressed quite fashionably in black, with a jaunty scarf draped around his neck) is in the center of the photo, with mother Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii (in a stylish long coat) on left and Professor Hoshino on right. Behind them is Mr. Nick Asano (far left) and Mr. Hiroyuki Nakashima (far right), both of Avex. Nobu's father is in front of everyone. Nobu, his parents and the professor are dressed in warm clothing -- so I suspect the photo was taken in winter.  I remember noticing Professor Takahiro Hoshino being listed on Nobu's biography as one of his piano teachers at about the time when Nobu performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 for the first time. I have no proof, but I speculate that Nobu learned to play Prokofiev 3 AND Rachmaninov 3 under Professor Hoshino, who lists both works among his repertoire => https://sites.google.com/site/nobufans/original-articles/nobuyuki-tsujii-update---june-5-2012
♪ April 26 (Wed) 18: 30 【Morioka】 Iwate Prefectural Assembly Hall
https://twitter.com/kfqf6gIVUNu5mBn/status/857025240689278977 (tweet posted before the performance)
今日は 盛岡県民会館で 世界でも有名な天才ピアニスト辻井伸行さんの コンサートがあります。是非観たかったです。辻井様❣️頑張ってください。
Today there is a concert of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, genius pianist famous in the world, at Morioka Civic Center. I wanted to see it. Best wishes to Mr. Tsujii.

https://twitter.com/wyeth1111/status/857203908548018176 (tweet posted after the performance)
今、辻井伸行さんのコンサートに行ってきました。クラシック音痴ですがなんたる個性豊かな音色でしょうか。生演奏は最高ですね。今まで聞いた音楽の音色がまったく違いました。
Today I went to a concert by Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii. It is a classical music tone rich in personality. The live performance is the best. The sound of the music heard so far was completely different.
https://www.facebook.com/isao.kaga/posts/1027179507415111 (posting on facebook)
念願の”辻井伸行”さんのピアノを岩手県民会館へ聴きに行ってきました。オーケストラは読売交響楽団です。
一部は服部百音さんのエルンスト《夏の名残のばら》による変奏曲とショスタコーヴィチのヴァイオリン協奏曲第一番
二部が辻井さんのショパンの”英雄ボロネーズとピアノ協奏曲第一番”
服部百音さんの使用しているヴァイオリンンはピエトロ・グアルネリだそうでどんな音色も出しちゃう魔法のような楽器とテクニックです。
アンコールにヴァイオリンとピアノで真田丸のテーマをやってくれました(^^)
二人ともうまいとかどうとか言うレベルを超えてます。世界一だもんなぁ。音楽の世界が広すぎる!
印象的だったのは辻井さんのパワーでした。全身でピアノを演奏しているのでスゴイ音量です。たまげた(゚д゚)!
I went to the Iwate Prefectural Hall to listen to the piano of "Tsujii Nobuyuki". The orchestra is the Yomiuri Symphony Orchestra.
In the first half Mone Hattari perform Variations by Ernst "Summer Remains of Roses" and Shostakovich 's Violin Concerto No. 1
In the second half, Mr. Tsujii played Chopin's "Heroic Polonaize" and Piano Concerto No. 1.
The violin used by Mone Hattori is Pietro Guarneri, so it is a magical instrument capable of producing every sound with technique.
The encore was a performance of the theme of Sanada Maru on violin and piano (^ ^)
Both of them are beyond criticism. The best in the world. The world of music is so wide!
It was Mr. Tsujii's power that was impressive. It's awesome because he plays the piano with his whole body that generates a great sound.
I was blown away!

https://ameblo.jp/samansa-m928/entry-12269277322.html (blog post)
辻井伸行×服部百音 究極の協奏曲コンサート
素晴らしかったです✨✨✨
ピアノを聴いて泣きそうになったのは人生初でした。
服部百音さんもお若いのに凄かったです✨✨✨
Nobuyuki Tsujii × Mone Hattori Ultimate Concerto Concert
It was wonderful.
It was the first time in my life that I cried listening to the piano.
Although Mone Hattori is also still young, she was amazing

♪ April 26 A new interview from Australia ...
From Australia came a new interview of Nobuyuki Tsujii in advance of his performance with Sydney Symphony Orchestra & recital, in May. 
April 26 2017 - 9:13AM
Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii at the Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
by  Elissa Blake
"If the Japanese concert pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii gets to have his time on earth again, he would like to be a chef, he says. 'A French chef.' "
"Today he is speaking from a small studio on the outskirts of Tokyo, where he is preparing for a concert tour that takes him to Berlin to play under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy​ before he flies directly to Sydney to play two concerts of Chopin, Berlioz and Dvorak with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a solo concert of J.S. Bach, Mozart and Beethoven."
" 'I don't find memorising music difficult. Most of it stays in my mind so that even after 10 years I only need to spend an hour or so remembering it and it all comes back to me. I just feel it naturally in my body and in my mind.'"
"While he has yet to rise to the level of celebrity of China's Lang Lang, few doubt he can."
The piece has been posted online by the Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and other Australia sites. 
It has some new information that I was unaware of before, such as "(he) prefers to escape the city for serious practice."
But, honestly, why do people in Australia keep using these ancient photos of Nobu??
Please read the whole interview here => http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/blind-pianist-nobuyuki-tsujii-at-the-opera-house-with-the-sydney-symphony-orchestra-20170425-gvs02c.html
♪ April 26/7 "Morning in Cortona" aired in Hong Kong
It's interesting that Nobu's own composition "Morning in Cortona" has recently gotten some air time in Hong Kong (my native land, eons ago), on a radio program called "Jazz and more ..."
http://www.rthk.hk/radio/radio4/programme/jazz_and_more/episode/431498
Incidentally, the YouTube video of Nobu's first performance of this piece (in Texas, 2010, as an encore) has now garnered well over a million views.
♪ April 26 Successful launch for 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts with violinist Mone Hattori in Sendai.
(Just as I expected, the duo played as encore  a work from the hit NHK drama series  Sanada Maru -- composed by the father of Ms. Hattori.)
April 25 (Tue) 19:00 【仙台】イズミティ21 【Sendai】 Izmiti 21
https://twitter.com/lj8NbC2cshaZQ7b/status/856878131377881088
辻井伸行のコンサート ショパンのピアノ協奏曲第1番を生で聴ける日が来るなんて…幸せ!! 服部百音もすごく素敵な演奏で、とにかく音が綺麗! 最後に2人で演奏した真田丸はヴァイオリンがすごい生きてた とっても素敵なコンサートでした! I listened live to NobuyukiTsujii's Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 ...  happy!! Mone Hattori's performa nce is also very nice; the sound is beautiful anyhow! At the end the two played Sanada Maru where the violin was alive and awesome!  A great concert.
♪ April 26 "桜を見る会 Cherry Blossom Viewing Party" photos posted on blog of Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii
http://ameblo.jp/tsujii-itsuko/entry-12268845153.html
新宿御苑での「桜を見る会」にいってきました
We went to the " cherry blossom viewing party " at Shinjuku National Garden
晴天に恵まれて、素敵な時間を過ごすことができました
Blessed with fine weather, we were able to have a wonderful time ....
PHOTO above: This is one of three photos posted on the blog of Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii -- it shows Nobu in his dark purple velvet jacket, a white ID ribbon pinned near one lapel, over white shirt and black trousers; and Mrs. Tsujii in a formal kimono with cherry blossom motif, her hair and makeup in traditional Japanese fashion. They are standing on a path strewn with petals from the cherry blossoms fell from trees overhanging above.        
Japan's "Golden Week" ahead
I see now why for so long I mistakenly thought Nobu's 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts starts on the 29th (this coming Saturday). It turns out that day is the beginning of this year's "Golden Week" in Japan, a very big deal there where people travel in droves to see cherry blossoms and visit shrines.  We wish Nobu and our friends in Japan a happy "Golden Week"!
A busy month ahead for Nobu
On April 25 he will start his 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts with violinist Mone Hattori, playing Chopin's piano concerto No. 1 on 12 stops in Japan over three months. => 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts; He plays that work with the Yoimura Nippon Symphony Orchestra & conductor Neil Thomson on May 5 & 6 in Japan.
On May 15 Nobu performs Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (DSO Berlin) in Berlin's Philharmonie
=> Nobuyuki Tsujii in Berlin, May 15 2017
On May 19 in Sydney the same (Chopin 2) with conductor Bramwell Tovey and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, followed by a recital there on May 22.
=> Nobuyuki Tsujii returns to Sydney, May 2017
♪ April 22 Newly announced: "The Super Soloists" Concert Series
Looks like the marketing genius of Avex Classics has come up with a new concert series, "The Super Soloists", for three of their young soloists to perform in Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Yes, Nobu is one of the three. He will perform Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on Paganini's Theme AND Grieg's Piano Concerto on January 21 in Tokyo's Bunkamura Orchard Hall with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor 角田鋼亮 Tadashi Kakuda.
More at => "The Super Soloists" Concert Series
♪ May 15 in Berlin
Looking ahead to Nobu's performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 in the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall: the concert has not sold out, but it will be a good crowd.
Yours Truly plans to be there. => Nobuyuki Tsujii in Berlin, May 15 2017

♪ Nobu's return to Sydney next month
Nobu may be having some quiet time now, but next month will be VERY BUSY for him.
He will have started his 2017 Ultimate Concerto Concerts with violinist Mona Hattori in Japan, plus there will be performances of Chopin 1 with the Yomuiri Nippon Symphony Orchestra there, followed by performances in Berlin and Sydney. Today, this piece came up from Australia:
Hailed globally by critics as a phenomenon, superstar pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be returning to the Sydney Opera House next month to perform Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra...
More at => Nobuyuki Tsujii returns to Sydney, May 2017

Liverpool Phil set for Japan Tour May 2018
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 Mrs. 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