◆July 2014 I happened upon this article "Music Without Notes" online. It appears in a German publication, Kultur Bildet (State of Culture - contributions to cultural education) Issue No. 5 - July 2014 ISSN 2191-5792. The article is about visually-impaired classical musicians, starting with a mentioning of Nobu. The writer apparently has done good research on Nobu and she presents the information well. It starts as follows:
Music without notes by Elke KampradPlease click here to read a rough translation of the article by me.
How do blind musicians learn their pieces without being able to read music? How does a pianist play when he cannot see the conductor?
The Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is blind from birth. In his home country Japan he is like a rock star. And he is quickly rising in the rest of the world. Recently, he performed in Germany...
◆ May 2014 Concerts in Switzerland (Baden, Basel) and Germany (Stuttgart, Dusseldorf),
◆Nobu performed Chopin/Liszt recital at the Louvre at 12:30 on April 17. This was Nobu's debut recital in France. The performance was shown live on Medici-TV and was also heard on Radio France subsequently. Read about it here
◆March 10 Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Prokofiev Piano Concerto # 3 with Valery Gergiev at Teatro la Scala, Italy, on March 10. Tickets here. The performance will be aired by Italy's Radio 3, which you can listen to on this page, on March 15 at noon (Italy time) (March 15 8PM Japan time, March 15 3AM California time). News and comments about this performance are collected here.
Nobuyuki Tsujii thrilled the La Scala audience with a brilliant performance of Prokofiev Piano Concerto # 3 with Valery Gergiev at Teatro la Scala, Italy. Sustained audience applause and bravos. 3(?) curtain calls. 2 encores (La Campanella and Rigoletto Paraphrase).
Teatro la Scala image via Internet link
Nov 12 7:30PM Nobu performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andriy Yurkevych in Munich, Germany at Philharmonie im Gasteig (Gasteig Cultural Center Concert Hall, seating capacity 2,387). As of November 11, only a handful of tickets are left. <All concerts of this orchestra are very well attended, it seems, judging from ticket sales.> Info here. This is the last of Nobu's public performance in Europe before he returns to Japan.
20 minutes before Nobu performed in a Munich concert with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andriy Yurkevych in Munich, Germany, Honourable Husband @HonourableHusba tweeted
Nobuyuki Tsujii is playing Rachmaninov II. Masa is a fan and we're thrilled to have a close seat. (@ Philharmonie) http://4sq.com/1eIoDKJand some time later, he posted:
And a crowd pleasing performance from Nobu, as ever. Was it not the Rach 2 that tested David Helfgott so?Nov 12 Nobu's official website promptly posted a report on the performance. The concert's program was quite heavy and Nobu's Rach 2 was sandwiched between two Tchaikovsky works. Nobu played only one encore. English translation follows:
Germany , Munich
November 12, '13 ( Germany )
The second day of playing Rachmaninof's Piano Concerto No. 2, this time in the Philharmonic in Gasteig in Munich with the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Andriy Yurkevych. Large hall of audience totaling 2,400 was nearly full . I received a warm applause. I played in the encore Troika of Tchaikovsky ( November from "The Four Seasons ") .
By the way, the first work performed on this day was Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" was performed in the 2nd half.
The day before the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performed the 5th Symphony of Tchaikovsky, and tomorrow the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra will play Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet, his Violin Concerto, and Symphony No. 5 ,
It has become the Tchaikovsky Week.
Aldo (^_^) tweeted early the next morning:
Amazing concert in Munich!!!!
Nov 9 20:45 Nobu performed Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2., Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine (1,200 seats) Udine, Italy, with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andriy Yurkevych. It was a big success. Please read all about it at Nobuyuki Tsujii wowed them in Udine, Italy
Nov 6 8PM Chopin/Liszt recital . Chamber Hall of the Berlin Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany. Comments collected here
Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall, image via Internet link
Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Music Hall, image via Internet linkNov. 1 Friday 7:30PM
Nobuyuki Tsujii performs Grieg's concerto with the BBC Philharmonic and conductor Juanjo Mena at the Bridgewater Hall , Manchester, U.K. The performance was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 - Internet link here. This performance was such a success that I started a new page to collect the news and comments about it.
Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, U.K., image via Internet linkOctober 7, 2013
A big thanks to an Italian admirer of Nobu, who kindly informed me of a newly announced performance - a big one! On March 10 of 2014, Nobu will perform Piano Concerto no. 3 by Sergei Prokofiev with the Filarmonica de la Scala and Valery Gergiev at the Theatro alla Scala La Scala Theatre, Milan, Italy. Nobu performed Prokofiev's 3rd concerto for the first time in London, in 2012 - I was there.
I have been in the La Scala Theatre It is breathtakingly beautiful, both inside and outside.