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Nobuyuki Tsujii & Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in U.S. 2016
Nobuyuki Tsujii & the Orpheus -- 2016 Japan tour news, comments and photos
June 25 Saturday 7:30 PM ((U.S.A. Central Time)  listenable online LIVE on Minnesota Public Radio.
Nobu & the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival.
Concert information
Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
Winona Middle School Auditorium
Tickets


Image source: sheppardsoftware
Nobu & the Orpheus at Suntory Hall, 6/15
June 25  The sky has not yet fallen.  There will always be BEETHOVEN.
Nobu's Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 performance will be re-broadcast on BS-NTV June 25th 7:00~8:00 Japan time BS日テレ(再放送)
Nobu's Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 at the Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Saturday June 25th, 7:30 PM (USA Central time) on Minnesota Public Radio.
Nobu's Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 "Emperor" at Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York, June 28th, 7:30 PM (USA Eastern time) on New York's WQXR
Image source: Peanut Cartoons
June 24
Posting on Facebook page of Minnesota Beethaven Festival --  The weather forecast there calls for rain and 32°C (90°F!)
"The Festival piano embarking on its first of several trips around town over the next few weeks – today it is off to the Winona Middle School auditorium where pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will play Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra tomorrow night."

June 24
I believe this is the first time that Nobu's name is mentioned by New York Times' classical music chief reviewer Anthony Tommasini:
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/24/arts/music/classical-music-listings-for-june-24-30.html
"Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Naumburg Bandshell (June 28)... After the 'Coriolan' Overture, the pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will be soloist in the exciting 'Emperor' Concerto. The program ends with Beethoven’s stormy Fifth Symphony. About 1,000 seats are provided, but many more people enjoy the music while sitting on nearby benches and patches of lawn."
June 24
New York radio WQXR posting about next week's performance
Listen Live: Orpheus and Nobuyuki Tsujii in Central Park
On Tuesday at 7:30 pm, tune in to hear an all-Beethoven concert by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Nobuyki Tsujii broadcast live from Central Park's Naumburg Bandshell. WQXR's Annie Bergen hosts the concert, part of the 111th season of free performances at the bandshell.

The program opens with the Coriolan Overture, which is in the same key and invokes a similar expressiveness as Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, composed one year later. The Fifth Symphony closes the program. In between, you'll hear Tsujii, the joint winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as soloist in the Emperor Concerto. Tsujii has overcome his blindness to perform at the world's leading venues, including Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall in London and Vienna's Musikverein.

Founded in 1972, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is known for performing without a conductor. Instead, it rotates musical leadership roles for each work and strives to perform diverse repertoire through collaboration and open dialogue. In addition to its annual series at Carnegie Hall, Orpheus tours nationally and internationally.

Listen to the interview with and performance by Tsujii from his 2014 appearance at The Greene Space: ..

June 23
Tweeted by Naumburg Concerts
@Naumburgconcer‏t
Please join us in welcoming @TheCliburn winner Nobuyuki Tsujii next Tuesday at 7:30pm with @orpheusnyc on @WQXR.
This is Nobu's first ever open-air concert performance, in New York's Central Park on June 28th.
Let's hope it doesn't rain and, do bring insect repellents, Tsujii-san!
June 23
Dr. Masahiro Kawakami, Nobu's long-time piano teacher, updated his blog today.
It seems that Mr. K was at the June 16 Suntory Hall concert, but he also wrote about a current music magazine issue that has articles about Valery Gergiev and Nobu.  Here is my rough translation of his post.
http://www.masahiro-kawakami.com/blog/index.php?e=819
辻井君とゲルギエフ
Tsujii-kun & Gergiev

2016-06-23 Thu
ここのところ超過労働的なスケジュールが続いていてバテバテです。先週の辻井伸行君のオルフェウス室内管弦楽団とのサントリーホールも誘われていたのに、結局私は仕事多すぎて行けませんでした。今回は私も思い入れの強かったベートーヴェンの協奏曲3番を新レパートリーに加えたばかりのシリーズだったので、ぜひ聴きたかったのですが…。
サントリーのコンサートは大成功だったようで嬉しく思っています。
I have been working overtime, but last week I was also invited to a Suntory peroformance of Nobuyuki Tsujii and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and I had to leave work for it.  That was because this time he was adding a new  Beethoven concerto to his repertoire.  I have a strong fondness for Beethoven and just had to go to listen.  The Suntory concert was delightful and seemed a great success.
たまたま先週のある朝、ゲルギエフの半生について書かれた本を読みながら音大に出勤すると、そこに来月号(7月号)の「ぶらあぼ」が置いてあって、見ると表紙がゲルギエフだったので手に取りました(笑)。そして1ページ目を開くと、そこは見開きで辻井伸行君の10月のコンチェルトの演奏会の大きな宣伝ページでした。二人が今月は日本の音楽界の中心で活躍しているような錯覚さえ覚えました。
By chance one morning last week I wanted to bring to work at the music college a book that has been written about half of the lifetime of Mr. (Valery) Gergiev, and the book was placed beside the next issue (July issue) of the 'Buraabo' (a Japanese music magazine).  So I opened the issue because it was about Mr. Gergiev (LOL).
Then, when I opened the first page, there is a big publicity page about the concerto concert of Nobuyuki Tsujii in October.  Thus, the magazine gives notice this month  to these two people who have been active in the center of the Japanese music world....
Please read the rest of the translation here => Notable web postings - June 2016
Editorial: Mr. Kawakami got together with Nobu in St. Petersburg in April of this year, when Nobu made a surprise performance there with Gergiev.  See here.

PHOTO: Nobu with Mr. and Mrs. Kawakami at the home of Valery Gergiev, from a blog post of Dr. Kawakami
June 23
The Cliburn Foundation is currently holding an international competition for amateurs. On their webcast today, there was an interview (in English) of a contestant, Mari Yoshihara, a professor at the University of Hawaii who wrote a book about the 2009 Professional Competition (co-won by Nobu). In this video, she is interviewed starting at 2:29, and at 3:31 Nobu is directly mentioned.
June 22
スタジオジブリ制作による丸紅グループの企業イメージ映像 第二作について
鳥獣戯画「つれあい」篇
BGM 辻井伸行様の作曲・演奏
Marubeni Group corporate image video, second installment, by Studio Ghibli for the
wildlife anime "Entanglement"
music composed & performed by Nobuyuki Tsujii

There is an announcement of the imminent release of a CD-book "What Color is the Wind Today", with 10 tracks of Nobu's music (Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Debussy) and readings by his mother Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii. 62 minutes in length.
http://ameblo.jp/tsujii-itsuko/entry-12173360124.html
http://avexnet.jp/news_detail.php?id=1037215
[ 辻井伸行 ]
CDブック「今日の風、なに色?」(辻井伸行【ピアノ】 辻井いつ子【文】)発売のお知らせ
ショパン、ベートーヴェン、ラフマニノフ……。
名だたる巨匠たちの名曲を、世界的ピアニスト・辻井伸行が演奏した
CDブック(全10曲、62分)が発売!

発売日: 6/24(金)
June 20
😄 Nobuyuki Tsujii -- UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT! <= What does it mean?  My thoughts here.
Nobu is now officially represented worldwide (except in Japan) by the well respected management firm 'HarrisonParrott'. Let's hope this will spell great things for our Nobu: MORE LONDON PERFORMANCES PLEASE!!
Here is the announcement => http://www.harrisonparrott.com/news/pianist-nobuyuki-tsujii-signs-harrisonparrott
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii signs to HarrisonParrott
20 June 2016
HarrisonParrott is delighted to welcome pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii (Nobu) to its roster for worldwide general management excluding Japan.! ...
June 20
Here it is, a radically different cover photo for Nobu's new CD, coming out on July 20 -- https://t.co/3yXsXX4AGK
リスト: ピアノ・ソナタ/ラヴェル: 夜のガスパール
辻井伸行
Liszt: Piano Sonata / Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit
Nobuyuki Tsujii

2016/07/20 発売 Release
AVCL-25903
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.
HMV Japan
♪ June 16
The NTV broadcast of Nobu's Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 performance took place after midnight.
Most people probably taped the show for viewing later.  But there is also a re-broadcast on the 25th 6月25日(土)朝7:00~8:00 BS日テレ(再放送)
lots of comments =>Nobuyuki Tsujii BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 -- NTV broadcast
A video of the show can now be viewed on your computer => here, or in the video screen just below -- the performance starts at time mark 8:44.
I consider myself fortunate to have seen this video.  Nobu's performance of this concerto is OUTSTANDING.  The sound is crisp and vibrant, played with confidence and joy.  And he never even broke a sweat!
The Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra posted a detailed transcript of Nobu's interview by announcer 松井咲子 Sakiko Matsui.
I worked up a translation of it, which can be read here, if you like =>Nobuyuki Tsujii BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 -- NTV broadcast

More Nobu news! Please click each link to read these sections on a separate screen - the links are also in the sidebar to your left
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