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"The Pianist" Japan tour
Next up: Performances #8 & 9 of 12 total 
7/26 19:00 Bunkamuraオーチャードホール (東京都)
7/27 14:00 Bunkamuraオーチャードホール (東京都)

Nobu performs on a for-Japan-only "The Pianist" tour with fellow popular Avex artists: pianists/composers Takashi Kako (contemporary classic) and Les Freres (The Brothers, boogie-woogie). This is the fourth edition of this very popular tour; tickets for all 12 performances in 10 cites have sold out for months. Unfortunately, the first performance in Kumamoto had to be postponed to November 21, due to extensive earthquake damage suffered by the venue earlier this year. See http://www.kengeki.or.jp/audienceperform/2016_tsujii
News and comments about the tour can be found here => The Summer 2016 Pianist Festival

Above: Avex poster for the tour
July 26 /27FUJITEC present
辻井伸行 X 加古隆 X レ・フレール
FUJITEC presents Nobuyuki Tsujii & Takashi Kako & Les Frères . THE PIANIST!
Including intermission 2 hours and 40 minutes.
I enjoyed very nice piano playing. A feast for the eye!
Three pianos in the final Encore! Bravo. 2,000 seat venues, almost fully booked. -tweet
July 26

We live in troubled times. This horrific news from Japan is especially disturbing.
A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage at a care facility for people with disabilities in Kanagawa Prefecture early Tuesday, killing at least 19 people and wounding 25 others, 20 of them seriously, police and firefighters said.  The Kanagawa Prefectural Police arrested Satoshi Uematsu, 26, who drove to the Tsukui Police Station and turned himself around 3 a.m. Tuesday, and quoted him as saying “I did it.”
“It’s better that the disabled disappear,” the police further quoted him as saying.
Kanagawa Prefecture is just outside Tokyo, and Nobu performed there yesterday. 
It is unthinkable for something like that to happen in Japan.  My heart goes out to those affected and traumatized.
July 27 Nobu mentioned in Reaction to the Shocking News
I am not the only person who thought of Nobu when I heard the shocking news from Japan. 
Here is a blog post (too difficult for me to translate) in reaction to the news, citing Nobu as one of two "great people with disabilities.".
Whoever thought that "If only there were no disabled people"?  Society should refer to them  as "the amazing disabled."
Shocking incident that occurred in "Tsukui Lily Garden" has been reported this morning.
Even people with disabilities support should strive to extend their strengths rather than cover up the weaknesses
Shall we talk about "great people with disabilities"?
"Persons with Disabilities = such amazing people." If the image is changed, there will  be no tendency to look down on them.
[For examples]
Painter with intellectual disabilities, Mr. Sho Fukushima
Blind pianist, Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii
I imagine there are many comments in Japan similar to this.
July 25 Tour performance # 718:30 鎌倉芸術館 大ホール (神奈川県)
Kamakura Museum of Art Great Hall (Kanagawa Prefecture)
This twitter gave us the best photo yet of what are performed on stage in the first half:
♪ July 25
It is good to see that Nobu's new CD is getting attention from some serious classical music lovers in Japan.
辻井伸行さんの 夜のガスパール 聴きたくて新譜買いました。クラシックではラヴェルが好き、
"I want to listen to Nobuyuki Tsujii's 'Gaspard de la nuit' and I bought his new album. It is a happy time to immerse in my favorite music, Ravel's classic."
In my humble opinion, this CD deserves worldwide attention.
♪ July 24
This is yet another great venue -- Nobu has performed there before.  This recital will come two days before the recital in the Kammermusiksaal Philharmonie in Berlin.

PHOTO source: Wikipedia

♪ July 23
A Note on  Nobu's new CD from Japan

I find these terse write-up's especially challenging to translate. But I believe the reviewer pays a compliment to the disc:
加藤幸弘 classicalcd.la.coocan.jp
Nobuyuki Tsujii LISZT piano sonata, Gaspard de la nuit
Since his debut in 2007, Nobuyuki Tsujii has continued to release CDs under Avex Classics. This new album that has just come on sale, contains Liszt's piano sonata coupled with Ravel's "Gaspard of the night".
While both works were recorded in Berlin's Tel index Studio, the data [in the CD liner notes] indicates that the Gaspard de la nuit was recorded at the same time as the Piano Sonata No. 3 of Chopin that was released last year
Both works require great technique and expressive power. It is surprising that Mr. Tsujii would push himself to play these challenging works. I expect these tracks to be released on SACD [Super Audio CD] and I look forward to listening to them. It does not do justice to listen to them on ordinary CD.
I hope we will see more reviews from Japan. Please stay tuned..
♪ July 22
Nobu's new CD  arrived!
"Tsujii's interpretation is such that, in addition to a virtuosic quality, also reveals a personality of a musician who clearly understands the domain of' formal architecture... I believe that not many pianists today are able to perform the Sonata in B minor with such expressive power combined with a technical mastery quite extraordinary," so wrote Italian music writer Gianguido Mussomeli about Nobu's performance of Liszt's piano sonata. I have now heard the performance on disc, and I know just what Mr. Mussomeli means.
Please click this link to  read.=> Nobuyuki Tsujii 2016 CD "LISZT Sonata & Gaspard"
And I was pleased to see Mr. Nick Asano and Mr. Masahiro Kawakami among those acknowledged in the liner notes.
♪ July 20 Nobu's NEW CD  is officially released today
NEW For those outside Japan, the CD can be ordered easily from CD Japan -- the site is in English and ships to many countries.  I had dealt with this site before and it was reliable.
リスト: ピアノ・ソナタ/ラヴェル: 夜のガスパール
Liszt: Piano Sonata / Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Nobuyuki Tsujii
2016/07/20 発売 Release
JAN/ISBN 4988064259038
辻井伸行のベルリン・セッション録音最新盤は、「プレミアム・リサイタル」シリーズでとりあげ、国内外で喝采を博した超本格派の2作品。ピアノ・ソナタ ロ短調は、"ピアノの神"リストの唯一のソナタで、技巧的にも音楽的にもきわめて複雑・高度にして深遠なもの。夜のガスパールは、ラヴェルが「歴史上最も 難しいピアノ曲を書こう」と意気込んで作曲したもの。いずれも、技術面のみならず音楽表現力においてピアニストの実力が最高度に求められる。辻井伸行が世 界で高く評価されるゆえんが、ここに明らかになります。
Nobuyuki Tsujii's Berlin session recording of recent works performed in his "premium Recital" series, two classical standards that have gained acclaims at home and abroad. Piano Sonata in B minor is the only sonata of Franz Liszt, the "God of the piano," profoundly artful and musically highly complex. "Gaspard of the night" was composed by Maurice Ravel, who wrote excitedly, "I want to write the most difficult piano music in history." Both works require the pianist with the highest degree in musical expressive power, and not just technical proficiency. Here it becomes clear why Nobuyuki Tsujii is highly regarded in the world.
CD Japan (in English)
HMV Japan
Tower Records Japan
Amazon Japan
Download from MySound
♪ July 17 "What Color is My Wind" book  +CD on sale in Japan
Tweet from a book store in Japan, showing books on display about Nobu. The latest is a combo-pack of a book  (co-)authored by his mother, Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii, titled "What Color is the wind today?" [supposedly a question asked by a very young Nobu] with a CD of selected tracks from Nobu's recordings.
The Books page on this site has been updated to include a reference to this new release => Books
The Venice Renaissance Exhibition in Tokyo Theme Song by Nobuyuki Tsujii

本展の見所の一つ、音声ガイド。ナレーションは石坂浩二さん。聞き応えのある内容、そして辻井伸行さんのオリジナル楽曲も入って豊かな時間をお過ごしください。#国立新美術館 #アカデミア美術館 One of the attractions of the exhibition is the audio guide. Mr. Koji Ishizaka is the narrator, and Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii's rich original music can also be heard. # The National Museum of Art # Accademia Gallery2016 ヴェネツィア・ルネサンス展
公式テーマ曲 辻井伸行さん
国立新美術館, 東京都
7月13日 - 10月10日
2016 Venice Renaissance Exhibition
Official theme song by Nobuyuki Tsujii
The National Museum of Art, Tokyo
July 13 - October 10
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