♪ Welcome back to the U.S.A., Tsujii-san!
Nobu is in U.S. to hold public rehearsals with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. (This means that Nobu is traveling from Japan to U.S. this month, and back to Japan and then U.S. next month!)
The Japan tour takes place June 7 - June 19, with 10 performances in Kawasaki, Nagano, Nagoya, Sapporo, Sendai, Fukuoka, Tokyo, Osaka.
Two performances in the U.S. follow.  Nobu will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
News, comments and photos about these tours can be found here => Nobuyuki Tsujii & the Orpheus -- 2016 Tour
Image source: Avex Classics
♪ May 25 Limited seats remain in Minnesota concert
With the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Nobu performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Minnesota on June 25. I just took a look at the ticket sales and it seems that only limited seats remain (shown in green in screen grab below). It will be Nobu's first visit to Minnesota, a midwestern state in the U.S.A. with a well-established culture for classical music appreciation.
Above: Screen grab from Minnesota Beethoven Festival online tickets site

♪ May 25
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (Yomiko 読響) posting on Twitter
【放送告知】次回は6月16日・木曜午前(=水曜の深夜)2:44から放送予定です。ピアニストの辻井伸行さんが登場!ベートーヴェン・ピアノ協奏曲 第1番をお送りします。常任指揮者カンブルランさんとの共演は今回が初めてです。そして、高校の後輩にあたる番組MC松井咲子さんとの対談も
[Broadcast announcement] Next on the broadcast schedule is June 16-Thursday morning (= Wednesday, in the middle of the night) 2:44.
Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii to appear!
You will receive the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1.
This is the first time that he co-stars with Chief Conductor Cambreling.
And, he talks about junior high school with  program MC Sakiko Matsui
♪ May 23 
Nobu the cultural ambassador
According to this article posted by the  Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC): The upcoming tour (Japan and U.S.) with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is supported by an inter-cultural program between the U.S. and Japan. 
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is proud to support the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and its project, Orpheus with Nobuyuki Tsujii:  a Cross-Cultural Partnership. This unique conductor-less orchestra will collaborate with 27 year-old Japanese pianist and composer Nobuyuki Tsujii in summer 2016 to rehearse and perform two Beethoven symphonies in the United States and Japan.
The program begins today in New York City with rehearsals through June 4, 2016. Public school children have been invited to the rehearsals and will be guided through the process of creating music in an orchestra without a conductor. Orpheus has also invited students from the Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse International, which is the world’s leading service organization for blind and visually impaired individuals.
Although this article seems to indicate that Nobu is already in U.S. today to make public rehearsals with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, I have heard from Nobu's manager, Mr. Asano, that Nobu is actually still in Japan, but will be heading to this country very soon. The article also mentions Nobu's U.S. performances in July, when in fact they are scheduled for June 25 (Minnesota) & 28 (New York.
Meanwhile, this reminds me of a piece that I wrote years ago: 辻井伸行 - 平和大使 Nobuyuki Tsujii - Peace Ambassador
Image source: Fuji TV

♪ May 20  Nobuyuki Tsujii × Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
It is timely that this old review in ClassicsToday by David Hurwitz came up in my news search today. It is about Nobu's 2014 performance of Beethoven's "Emperor" at the Carnegie Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
"Tsujii is a phenomenon, make no doubt about it, but not because of his disability. His playing was bold, fresh, and rhythmically bracing, but never mechanical. He possesses an exquisite, singing legato at lower dynamic levels, most evident throughout the central Adagio, and an amazingly even and well-controlled trill (and the work has a lot of them). In the first movement’s written-out cadenza, the reappearance of the “music box” second subject was perfectly articulated and absolutely magical. His performance was not only just about note-perfect, but it projected a thoughtful and mature vision of the work. He could not have had a finer group of collaborators than the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra... "
I was there and took this photo. I so remember being in the packed Carnegie Hall on that snowy winter day.  They will team up again soon for next month's Japan & U.S. tour.
♪ May 19 Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3
I am willing to bet good money that during this quiet month of May, Tsujii-san is busy learning and practicing that monumental work, which he will perform, very soon, on the upcoming (June 7-19) Nobuyuki Tsujii × Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 2016 "Masterpieces of Beethoven" Japan tour and in Minnesota on June 23.
Of the Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, Mr. Nick Asano (Nobu's manager) said: "Nobu says 1st movement and 3rd movement are characteristic and impressive, I say 2nd movement is full of deep emotion, like a prayer. To me, as I said, this is the most Beethovenian piece of all 5 concertos."
Further down the calendar, Nobu will perform this work in three consecutive performances, in his down-under debut with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House October 20, 21 and 22.
May 14 Wigmore Hall debut blurb to be in June issue of "Friends of Music" magazine
音楽の友 2016年6月号 5月18日(水)発売
Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 to be aired on NTV-BS on June 16 & June 25
Good news! This past February, Nobuyuki Tsujii appeared in three consecutive performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 with conductor Sylvain Cambreling & the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, to great acclaims. It was mentioned that there would be a broadcast of one of the performances this June, and indeed there is now an announcement announcement that the airing will be on NTV-BS on June 16 2:44 (in the middle of the night) -- rebroadcast June 25 7AM
辻井伸行さん×カンブルランさん×読響のベートーヴェン/ピアノ協奏曲 第1番

6月25日(土)朝7:00~8:00 BS日テレ(再放送)

♪ May 21 
This YouTube video showed up today. It is an extract from a TV documentary aired in Japan last year. The footage shown is from Nobu's performance in Vienna's Musikverein ("Golden Hall") on May 18, 2015, with conductor Yutaka Sado and the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra.
♪ Nobu the Composer
Please allow me to share a video of Japanese figure-skating great Midori Ito performing at a world [exhibition] event in 2011. The music she skates to is by -- composer Nobuyuki Tsujii. "Whisper of the River" is a piece that Nobu composed after taking a walk with his father in Tokyo along a river, during his teenage years when Nobu's relationship with his father was sometimes turbulent. (Out of concern for his son, papa Tsujii urged Nobu to devote less time on piano.) In the end, Nobu came to understand that his father's concern for him was out of love, and he developed a great respect for his father. Their story is read by high-school students in a textbook for the English language!
Nobu has often said in interviews that his "ideal woman type" is figure skater Mao Asada.

YouTube Video

March 30 A New Composition for Venice Renaissance Exhibition 2016

It seems that yesterday, before his
All-Chopin Recital, Nobu recorded a composition in Suntory Hall for an upcoming "Venice Renaissance Exhibition 2016."
ヴェネツィア・ルネサンス展 Venice Renaissance Exhibition 2016
The theme song has been determined ❗️ Today it was recorded at Suntory Hall. Theme song by Nobuyuki Tsujii, pianist, composer; and you can please hear the music coming soon on TV spots.
According to a tweet by Yura, the new composition is titled "The brilliance of Venice", and the exhibition of Venetian Renaissance Paintings from the Gallerie dell’Accademia will take place in the National Art center Tokyo July 13 - October 10. The exhibition is held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Japan-Italy diplomatic relation.
Nobu composed background music for new Studio Ghibli animation short.

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
- Nobuyuki Tsujii fans facebook page
Nobuyuki Tsujii on wikipedia
- Avex Classics' 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