February 1 Thursday 7:30 PM   Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini at the Liverpool Phiharmonic Hall (1,700 seats) http://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/rhapsody1
February 2 19:30 Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini at he Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham (1185 seats, 4 levels)
February 4 Sunday  2:30 PM Greig's Concerto  at the Liverpool Phiharmonic Hall in Liverpool, http://www.liverpoolphil.com/whats-on/griegs-piano-concerto
February 18 through March 24, Japan Tour debut 10 years Japan recital Tour 辻井伸行 日本ツア 13 performances 
♪ Nobu to appear in Germany Cultural Festival this Summer
This is something new. Nobu is among the headline performers announced for the 2018 KULTURUFER FRIEDRICHSHAFEN , "a large ten-day festival with music and dance, theater and cabaret in a total of 30 tent events" in Friedrichshafen, a lakeside city in Southern Germany. Nobu's performance takes place in the evening of the last day of the festival, so it's the closing event. And it appears to be a solo concert. This is an outdoor summer festival. Nobu seems to enjoy these outdoor performances.
Nobu performed in Friedrichshafen in winter 2017, February 12 to be exact, when he played Grieg's Piano Concerto on a tour with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and conductor Marco Letonja. He received a glowing review for the performance, and apparently is remembered well.
More at => Nobuyuki Tsujii in 2018 Germany summer festival
Nobu returns to Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra September 20
Nobuyuki Tsuji and his frequent partner the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra are back together again this year.
They will perform Thursday September 20 8PM at the Carnegie Hall's Stearn Auditorium
"The beloved Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii joins the Orpheus strings for a streamlined orchestration of Chopin’s early Piano Concerto No. 2, a work in which virtuoso showmanship mingles with the intimacy of Chopin’s solo music."
♪ January 22 Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii on Asahi-TV, with Nobu appearance by video
https://ameblo.jp/tsujii-itsuko/entry-12344903802.html
Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii was among the guests who appear on 'Nakaii Masahiro's Library' [Japan Asahi-TV Show].  She spoke about her decisions for Nobu's developments.
The show drew a lot of comments, including these
https://twitter.com/micanaitoh/status/955450643317075968 [tweet by a writer]
今日、テレビで全盲のピアニスト・辻井伸行さんとお母様の辿った道を当時の映像を交えて紹介していて感動しました。息子さんの才能を早いうちに見出し、世界レベルに育て上げられたお母様の献身的な支えが素晴らしすぎて。自分の子どもの”他の子どもとは少し違う部分(才能)"に気付ける親でありたい。
Today, I was touched by the TV appearance of the mother of blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and the path that she followed, with accompanying images of those days.  She discovered her son's  talent as early as possible, and gave her dedicated support to raise him to a world- class artist; it was too wonderful. I too want to be a parent who takes note of my child's "slightly different way (talent) from other children."
https://twitter.com/icoyuraco/status/955456536276430853 [Yura's tweet, with screen grabs from the show]
ピアニストになる分かれ道。辻井伸行母いつ子さん『店員に頼んで弾かせてもらったピアノに外国人がブラボー天才!と拍手してくれて。得意げな顔で上を向いて笑っているんです。その顔を見た時、もしかしたらこのピアノが彼を明るい光の当たるところに連れてってくれるじゃないかと思って嬉しかった。』
The path to becoming a pianist. Mother of Nobuyuki Tsujii: "The shop clerk asked him to play on the piano and the foreigners [in the mall in Saipan] applauded and gave him bravos. He looked up with a happy face, laughing. When I saw that face, I was happy to think that the piano might bring him to the place where the bright light strikes. "
Nobu made a guest appearance via video. In the screen grab, Nobu is seated in front of a piano [at his home?] and he is wearing a long-sleeve shirt, black with small white dots [we have seen that shirt before.]
Yura posted a video clip from the show => https://twitter.com/icoyuraco/status/955643559977271297
Shown are many photos from when Nobu was growing up. Nobu appears on the show via video.
On the clip, he is shown saying [soon after winning the Cliburn] that as he is already twenty years old [at the time], he wants to become independent to free his parents from his care.
He also recalls being with his mother in New York City when he was age 6, when she allowed him to touch the wings on an angel statue at the Rockefeller Center, and, inspired, he composed the piece "The wings of the Rockefeller Angeles", which he plays for the show. 
https://twitter.com/asahigakki_o/status/955697917083267072 [tweet by a music instrument shop in Hokkaido]
昨日放送されていたTV番組でピアニスト辻井伸行さんの幼少期の教育について紹介されていました。なんと!0歳からおもちゃのピアノに触れ、母の歌にあわせて「おもちゃのちゃちゃちゃ」などを弾いていたそうですよ. 当店でも小さなお子様用のピアノを置いてますのでぜひ!! #こどもピアノ #辻井
On the TV program that was broadcasted yesterday, early childhood education of pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii started with his touching a toy piano from age 0.
It seems that he played 'Toy Cha Cha' etc along with his mother 's singing. At our shop we have pianos for small children, so please do come in! !
The accompanying photos shows a toy piano, with a price tag of 17,500Y (160USD).Nobu has helped the sales of toy pianos in Japan.
♪ January 22 Photo with the conductor
The conductor performed with Nobu at the Sunday matinee  Super Soloist concert in Tokyo.
The photos shows Nobu with the conductor backstage, both are in performance attire: tux and bow-ties (Nobu's is black, the conductor's white).
A collection of photos, news and comments about the concert can be read at => 2017 Super Soloist concert
♪ January 22 Heavy Snow in Tokyo
Tokyo braces for heavy snow -- trains disrupted and people are allowed to get off work early [very rare in Japan].
It's a good thing that Nobu's concert was held yesterday, just before the weather changed.
Nobu fan sunsoon, who was at the concert, just now shared this photo on twitter of a snow scene in Tokyo
♪ Jan 21  Finally, a photo from the Jan 19 Japan-Australia State Dinner
Sarah Àlainn サラ・オレイン [music student at University Sydney/Tokyo University] tweeted in Japanese /English
https://twitter.com/SarahAlainn/status/954987996679348224
辻井伸行さんの音色は生で聴くとさらにピュアーで、平和な気持ちになりました。今日は初めてラフマニノフのパガニーニの主題による狂詩曲を披露され、辻井さんverの大好きな曲が聴けて幸せ!辻井さんが表現する色々な曲達をもっと聴いていたい🎹
Thank you Nobuyuki. You are an inspirational friend!
The Japanese part says:
Nobuyuki Tsujii 's voice is lively, and it conveys a feeling of purity and peace. Today, for the first time, I heard it demonstrated in Rachmaninov's Rhapsody in Paganini's theme and I am happy to hear Mr. Tsujii's favorite songs! I would like to hear more songs expressed by Mr. Tsujii.
It seems that Ms. Alainn was at the Super Soloist concert but also at the Japan-Australia State Dinner hosted by PM Abe for PM Turnbull hosted by PM Abe for PM Turnbull on January 19!
An excellent photo accompanies the tweet, and it shows Ms. Alainn seated next to Nobu at a banquet table at that dinner [recognized by the wall panels in the background]! So Nobu was there after all. The photo shows a well coifed Nobu  dressed in performance attire (tux, white shirt and black bow tie).
I posted a reply to the tweet thanking Ms. Alainn and asking her if Nobu performed at the banquet [I suspect not, judging from what she wrote in the tweet]
And she has very kindly replied: "Unfortunately he didn't perform at the banquet!" I thanked her for the answer. I suspected as much. Mr. Turnbull did not spend much time in Japan.
I thanked her for the answer.  I suspected as much.  Mr. Turnbull did not spend much time in Japan.  But I feel bad for Nobu -- he is lost when he does not perform on the piano at such an event!
Ms. Alainn also posted the photo to garow/Instagram, with a longer message:
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Thank you for inviting me to your sublime concert. It was thrilling to hear your debut of the Rach's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini! 🎻🎹You are such an inspirational friend☺You must hear him perform live! Such honesty & purity in his timbre❤️
辻井伸行さんの音色は生で聴くとさらにピュアーで、平和な気持ちになりました。今日は初めてラフマニノフのパガニーニの主題による狂詩曲を披露され、辻井さんvers.の大好きな曲が聴けて幸せ!辻井さんが表現する色々な曲達をもっともっと聴いていたい🎹皆さんも生でぜひ!素敵な御縁に感謝です❤️大河ドラマの「大河紀行」繫がりでもありました!
#NobuyukiTsujii #辻井伸行 さん #pianist #ピアニスト #官邸 #大河紀行
2018 Japan Tour: Nobu, Ashkenazy &  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Nobu fan Yuki was at the Super Soloist concert and shared on Twitter this image of a flyer that she received
It shows four performances in November, at which Nobu will perform  Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2 for Program A and Rach 2 for Program B. Tickets come on sale on April 7.
♪ Nobu interview in the February issue of Japan's "Piano" magazine
The magazine, which comes on sale today Jan 20, will include an interview with Nobu, on his "Debut 10 years" Japan Tour coming up in February.
January 19  No Photo of Nobu at Japan-Australia State Dinner
It's so unusual for there to be no photo of Nobu at such a public event. Very disappointing.
This photo that Yura found somewhere is the closes thing.
https://twitter.com/icoyuraco/status/954193141627629568
夕食会首相挨拶『本日は両国の友好関係を経済、学術、芸術、スポーツ他など多方面で支えておられる方々を御招待いたしました。皆様のおかげで極めて友好な日豪友好関係があります。皆様に御礼申し上げますとともに、今後とも御協力いただきますようにお願いいたします。』映りきれなかったな
Greeting from the Prime Minister of the Dinner Participation "Today I invited those who support the friendship of the two countries in various ways, such as economics, academics, art, sports and others. Thanks to everyone there is a friendly relationship between Japan and Australia. We would like to thank everyone and thank you for your continued cooperation in the future. " I could not see it [Nobu in the picture].
The photo shows a lot of men dressed in business suits at several round banquet tables.  Indeed Nobu cannot be spotted in the picture.  I wonder if there was a piano for him to play on.
There are similar photos in an album posted on this page => https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/98_abe/actions/201801/18australia.html
January 18/19  Japan-Australia State Dinner
On January 18 in Japan,  Prime Minister Abe met with visiting Australian Prime Minister Turnbull, and hosted a banquet with Sydney Olympics Gold Medalist Naoko Takahashi & pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii as guests.
PM Abe's staff tweeted:
https://twitter.com/today_gochisou/status/953986291825192961
2018.1.18(木) 18:48~21:17(2h29m) 公邸にて、豪州のターンブル首相様をお迎えし総理主催の夕食会を催しました。シドニー五輪の金メダリスト高橋尚子様や全盲のピアニスト辻井伸行様を招いて場を盛り上げる「著名人外交」を行いました。 http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/politics/20180118-
2018.1.18 (Thurs) 18: 48 ~ 21: 17 (2h 29m) At the official residence, we welcomed Prime Minister Turnbull of Australia and held a dinner hosted by the prime minister. We invited the gold medalist Naoko Takahashi of the Sydney Olympics and  blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii and enhanced our "celebrity diplomacy."
A similar posting appears on Facebook => https://www.facebook.com/gochisouri/
The cited news article (and many similar articles that have come up) has no additional information other than indicating that the banquet took place. 
An accompanying photo shows the Olympic Gold Medalist at a banquet table, but there is no photo of Nobu. 
January 31  Album Releases
For us spoiled Nobu fans, there is always something to look forward to!
Now that the TV appearances are over, we can look forward to the release of TWO Nobu albums coming up at the end of THIS month.
I just checked. Both CDs are listed on the U.S. Amazon as "Currently unavailable", which means they will become available later.
Meanwhile, they have been available for some time on sites such as Amazon Japan and CDJapan.
In a couple of weeks, Nobu should be in U.K. performing with old friends conductor Vasily Petrenko and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.
There are three performances: 2 in Liverpool and one in Nottingham.
I checked ticket sales today for these performances. While these concerts are not sold-out events like Nobu's concerts in Japan, it seems there will be a very good crowd at each event.
This (image below) is the picture for the "stall" (main floor, choice seats) for Sunday's performance, for example. The colored seats are the unclaimed ones.
Please click this link to read more about the performances, if you wish= > Nobuyuki Tsujii with Vasily Petrenko & RLPO in UK, February 2018
"Do you think Nobuyuki Tsujii could learn the entire set of Transcendental Etudes by Liszt?"
Posting on reddit => https://www.reddit.com/r/classicalmusic/comments/7pd3nu/do_you_think_nobuyuki_tsujii_could_learn_the/
Do you think Nobuyuki Tsujii could learn the entire set of Transcendental Etudes by Liszt? After watching Nobuyuki Tsujii perform at Carnagie Hall i just can't help but fantasize about seeing him playing Liszt's Transcendental Etudes. They are some of the most feared etudes in the literature and to see a blind pianist with the acclaim of Tsujii play them, with his high level of playing, would be awe-inspiring. I'd love to see him at the proms and just blow everyone's mind....AGAIN!
It's good to see such a post from someone who obviously knows something about Nobu and classical piano music.
Needless to say I fired off a response, and the poster responded.
Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on Paganini's Theme
Yura's tweet with a clip of Nobu playing Rachmaninov's "Rhapsody Paganini", solo:
https://twitter.com/icoyuraco/status/950235369907212292
Osaka Festival Hall 2,700 seats now sold out. All B programs sold out both in Tokyo Orchard Hall and Omiya Sonic Hall. Nobuyuki Tsujii × Vasily Petrenko × Royal Liverpool Philharmonic -- Rachmaninoff  'Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra'.
That Japan tour is not until May. However, some lucky people will get a preview on January 21 when Nobu performs in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra & conductor Tadashi Kakuda TWO concertos: Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on Paganini's Theme AND Grieg's Piano Concerto.
《初回限定生産商品》辻井伸行 CDデビュー10周年記念 スペシャルLIVEコレクション "Initial Limited Production Item" Nobuyuki Tsujii CD Debut 10th Anniversary Special LIVE Performances Box Set Official announcement (Japanese) =>http://avex.jp/classics/catalogue/detail.php?cd=TUJIN&id=1015485 
Beethoven album jacket photo revealed ...
We finally have a jacket photo for Nobu's Beethoven CD. Twitter sunsoon found it first.
She wrote that the photo has a solemn feel, which indeed it does.
In the photo with a completely black background, a mature Nobu is looking down and touching the raised top of a grand piano.
The word BEETHOVEN looms large in the center, above the name of the three sonatas in small font, then Nobu's own name in a humbly medium font. ^_^
It is a very artistic and classy album jacket. I love it, and I am happy that Avex gave us a new portrait photo of Nobu!
The CD comes out on January 31.