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December is here! Nobu is probably busy practicing Bach's Italian concerto in preparation for his upcoming Bach/Mozart/Beethoven recital tour in Japan
♪ December 14-25 Nobuyuki Tsujii Bach/Mozart/Beethoven Japan Recital Tour (5 stops), to resume in 2017.
As of December 6, all performances whose tickets have come on general sale have sold out, with the exception of Oita 大分 (WHY? One wonders).  Tickets for several performances have not yet come on general sale. 

♪ December 7  And, here it is, an announcement of this year's New-Year-Day TV special, with a trailer:
BS朝日 2017 奇跡のピアニスト辻井伸行
【1/1(日)夜9:00】 世界遺産で弾く日豪友好の調べ
BS Asahi Miracle Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii TV special
Japan-Australia friendship World Heritage performance
New Year Day 9PM
A still photos from the trailer -- more photos here => 2017 Nobuyuki Tsujii New-Year-Day TV Special
♪ LAST DAY to  Listen again to Nobuyuki Tsujii Sydney Debut broadcast on Australia Classic Radio => http://www.abc.net.au/classic/content/2016/11/10/4571366.htm
Available through December 8 Australia time.
The more I listen to the recording, the more I realize just what an excellent performance this was -- the rich sound of the orchestra and the musicality of two great pianists on full display. I was lucky to have been there at the performance and I thank ABC for airing this recording of outstanding sound quality.
Photo by Keith Saunders;  source: The Nobuyuki Tsujii Official Site 
♪ December 7  :-(  Nobu's new Chopin CD dropped to No. 10 on Billboard Japan classical chart
Hopefully, sales will pick up when the Japan Recital Tour  starts next week
♪ December 6  Yearning for new New Year Nobu TV Special
For many years now, people in Japan have been treated to a TV special about Nobu on New Year Day. This year's should have footage of his triumphant Sydney Debut, and I can hardly wait.
Meanwhile, here is an excerpt from the 2014 New Year Day Special. It is footage of his 2013 performance of Grieg's concerto with Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa, in Japan. Unfortunately, the beautiful 2nd movement is not on the footage. Nobu will perform this concerto in Europe in February.
ideo Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Grieg's Concerto 2013
And, this is probably just a coincidence, 
but another clip from the 2015 New Year Day TV special has just shown up on YouTube, of Nobu performing Prokofiev 3 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool, U.K., 2014
I think we can expect something similar for this year's special, and I fear they will cut out the second movement of the Beethoven 3, the adagio and my favorite ...
♪ December 5  Nobu's singing voice

Nobu's TV appearance last month to perform live the theme music of the NHK drama series "Sanada Maru" with violinist Fumiaki Miura was a big hit.
On it the two mentioned they went out to karaoke together, drawing many comments. One blogger wondered what their singing may sound like.
Well, here is Nobu singing that famous enka song 津軽海峡冬景色 "Tsugaru Straits winter scene", a karaoke favorite. In 2011 Nobu performed the tune on a TV" show hosted by Japan's celebrity "Beat" Kitano, who could not stop laughing at a classical pianist playing Japan's equivalent of country music.
  But Nobu was having fun and did not mind being laughed at. I consider this soundtrack a gem.
♪ December 6  Amusing t
weet of the day
I definitely think these three people are among today's Japan third-generation handsome, "Ikayuru [cool] men": Hideo Matsuyama [golfer], Tetsuro Itorya [chess master], Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii.
♪ December 7  Full-page newspaper advertisement for Nobu's 10-"Gold" CD pack
少し前の辻井さんの新聞広告姉が持って来てくれた。「辻井伸行の世界」  Mr. Tsujii 's newspaper advertising; my sister  brought it. a while ago."The world of Tsujii Nobuyuki"
♪ December 4
This video popped up today on my search for Nobu news. In 2014, Nobu was in New York City to perform at the Carnegie Hall with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. On that trip, he also held a mini-recital at The Greene Space a. The performance was streamed live and can still be WATCHed AGAIN here => https://livestream.com/thegreenespace/events/2681371
♪ November 30  My copy of Nobuyuk Tsujii 2016 Chopin CD (finally) arrived!
It took a week, but my copy of the latest Nobu CD finally arrived at my door step this afternoon. The delivery was uncharacteristically delayed after the package crossed the Pacific Ocean. I heard Nobu performed these works in Wigmore Hall not long ago. But I am always too caught up with excitement when I watch Nobu perform live, and so being able to listen to a studio recording -- minus coughs and noises from the audience -- is truly a blessing.  Every note is crystal clear and every track perfectly modulated.
I actually recognize most of the names listed on the credits page at the end of the liner notes.   I am especially happy to see the names of Mr. Engelbrecht, Mr. Kawakami, Mr. Nakashim and Mr. Asano, but everyone named are people who play a big role behind Nobu's successes.
And I know CD albums are considered old fashioned, but in my humble opinion, it is worth every dime to have the whole package, including beautiful photographs that adorn the liner notes and the jewel case.
November 23  Nobu's 2013 Proms performance aired on BBC Radio 3 "Through the Night"
I know everyone has already heard that performance, but it is good that Nobu is remembered by BBC Radio 3's John Shea, who chose to play the recording on today's "Through the Night" program.
The program can be listened to here through mid-December => http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0833vnx, and Nobu's Rach2 performance with BBC Philharmonic and Conductor: Juanjo Mena is at time mark 00:58 (58 minutes from the start of the program.)

Image source: http://userdisk.webry.biglobe.ne.jp/
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
Meeting a blind person -  published by the Braille Bookstore