News from Europe

June 4 2015
A German  article came up today titled "Klavierunterricht mit Blinden an Weimars Musikhochschule" (Piano lessons for the blind at Weimar College of Music). The article does not say so explicitly, but Nobu might have inspired a German university to train Master degree students to teach piano to the blind and visually impaired. Nobu is mentioned at the top of the article, and the university started the project in 2009 (the year of Nobu's triumph at the Cliburn Competition), emphasizing the use of hearing instead of Braille (a la Nobu!)  English translation here
Image shown in the article, with caption: "Piano lessons for the blind and visually impaired: A project of the Franz Liszt University master's degree in piano. Photo: Maik Schuck
♪ May 12 2015
In U. K., "Nobuyuki Tsujii: Live at Carnegie Hall" was shown TODAY, Tue 12 May, 2:00pm-3:55pm
Among those who watched the show is famous U.K. pianist James Rhodes, who posted a 30-second clip that he filmed from the show with the comment: "I just find it indescribably moving. And powerful. What we are capable of... Blind concert pianist? Why not. " See here:
Still photo from video clip taken by U.K. pianist James Rhodes, who tweeted about the show.

September 22
A news article from U.K. about the 2015 Nobu's Japan tour with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Nobu is barely mentioned. And it turns out that the orchestra is also touring in China next week, with violinist Ling Feng.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to play first tour of Japan next year
Sep 22, 2014 10:19
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will play eight concerts in its first tour of Japan next year.
The orchestra is due to spend 10 days in the Far East in January.
The tour follows on the heels of its return to China this week, following a successful visit in 2010 when it played in Beijing and at the World EXPO in Shanghai.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra will play eight concerts in its first tour of Japan next year.
The orchestra is due to spend 10 days in the Far East in January.
The tour follows on the heels of its return to China this week, following a successful visit in 2010 when it played in Beijing and at the World EXPO in Shanghai.
Chief conductor Vasily Petrenko said today: “It’s a great honour to be invited back to China, and to tour Japan for the first time. We’re looking forward to exploring their different musical cultures and to performing with some fantastic soloists from both countries who will bring a very high level of musicianship and performance.”
And Sandra Parr, Liverpool Philharmonic’s artistic planning director added: “We’re delighted to be returning to China, and to making our first tour to Japan during our 175th anniversary year.
“Touring plays an important part in cementing the international stature of the orchestra, and it’s a great demonstration of how the orchestra is the most mobile of the city’s cultural assets and an important part of the its national and international identity.
“We’re able to reach new audiences through our concerts, and working with our partners in the city, we see our touring programme as a way to enhance Liverpool’s reputation on a world stage as a great place to live, learn, work and play in.”
The orchestra is scheduled to play concerts in Saitama, Yokohama, Otsu, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and two nights in Tokyo in a busy touring schedule during which musicians will travel between some dates by Shinkansen “bullet” train.
It will be joined by pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, who visits Liverpool in November.
image posted with article, via Internet link
September 9
09.09.2014 - 08:00 pm BST
Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall
Sky Arts 2
These tweets came up after the airing of the show
  • I'm watching Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii on Sky Arts. Antidote to ego.  - London tweeter
  • Sky Arts 2 just showed Nobuyuki Tsujii at Carnegie Hall. Amazing  - Bermondsey tweeter
  • Nobuyuki Tsujii on Sky Arts 2 performing Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Utterly awesome.
  • Nobuyuki Tsujii - One Extraordinary Pianist! 辻井伸行…:  - London tweeter
  • Nobuyuki Tsujii is such a talented pianist. 
  • Just watched this most amazing piano concert by the phenomenally talented Nobuyuki Tsujii. I can't believe he is blind, wow, just wow.  - Nottingham twee
  • Nobuyuki Tsujii on Sky Arts 2, incredibleeeee.  -Belfast tweeter
September 3  "Nobuyuki Tsujii at White Night" on brava TV : Info here
July 17 I am not a fan of  Turkish pianist/composer Fazil Say, but I am saddened by this news article that he has had to resign from his position as the director of the Antalya Piano Festival in Turkey. Nobu performed at the festival in 2012 and there was a terrific documentary shown in Japan about his good time in Turkey. Sadly, it sounds like the festival is no more.

Nobu with Fazil Say in 2012, photo from Nobuyuki Tsujii's official site
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 Kamprad
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...
Please click here to read a rough translation of the article by me.
◆ May 2014 Concerts in Switzerland (Baden, Basel) and Germany (Stuttgart, Dusseldorf),
Concert programs of Nobu put out in Tonhalle, Dusseldorf, May 14, 2014
◆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
The Louvre, Paris, France, image via Internet link
The Louvre auditorium (under the pyramid), image via Internet link
◆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.
Philharmonie im Gasteig, image via Internet link
Nov 12
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)
and 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.
One of 4 images posted with the report, shown via Internet link
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
image  posted on official website of Nobuyuki Tsujii, shown here via Internet link
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 link
Nov. 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 link
October 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.
July 16, 2013 Nobu gave a thrilling performance at his 2013 BBC Proms Debut.
July 9-11
On July 16, the official website of Nobuyuki Tsujii posted a report about a recording session that took place in Berlin.
- July 9 - July 11(Berlin, Germany)
I recorded a CD of Debussy in the familiar Teldex studio.
It will be released on September 11 in Japan.
Teldex Studio is in this building <photo below right>. It may be a little bit different from the usual image of a recording studio. Located in a verdant exclusive residential area, the building was originally a ballroom built in the 19th century.
<In this photo, below left> Recording Engineer Mr. Julian Schwenkner is on the left, and Recording Producer Mr. Friedemann Engelbrecht is on the right.
photo shown here via Internet link
photo shown here via Internet link
<The same duo recorded Nobu's "My Favorite Chopin" in 2010,  "Mussorgsky" album (2011), Mozart (2012).  In fact, there have been photos taken from previous recording sessions that have these same three people seated in exactly the same pose at the same desk; only the clothes worn are different :-) :-)  And the studio is also the setting in this 2010 You Tube video >
April 8 Nobu performed at Auditorium Gianni Agnelli (photo right, below -- image via Internet link) in Turin, Italy, in a performance with conductor Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra. He made a great impression there!   See Turin, Italy 2013
image via Internet link
image via Internet link
Sept 29, 2012  "Akkurat nå, en fantastisk debutkonsert fra Carnegie Hall med Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano)  Right now, a fantastic debut concert at Carnegie Hall with Nobuyuki Tsujii (piano) <it appears to be the same show aired on Arte TV in May - the show is apparently streamed but not viewable outside Norway>"  - 9/29 Norway tweet
Sept 23 "Nobuyuki Tsujii Carnegie Hall Live!" on Scandinavian TV today --  link to TV guide page
July 24 Nobuyuki Tsujii Live at Carnegie Hall DVD/Blu-ray, Full-HD has been released by EuroArts and is now available through Naxos.,, which features an excellent trailer.  
NEW  This was posted on the facebook wall of EuroArts on July 19, along with the photo show below:
"Released in July on Bluray/DVD: Nobuyuki Tsujii - Live at Carnegie Hall
Nobu was so kind to sign these two copies for our treasure chest in St. Petersburg, when he was there for our production with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev"
The EuroArts trailer for the DVD is on YouTube

July 8 Valery Gergiev+Nobuyuki Tsujii - Tchaikovsky Concerto 1, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra - see Nobuyuki Tsujii in St. Petersburg, July 2012
July 10 Nobuyuki Tsujii recital at Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall
Read photos, news and comments here: Nobuyuki Tsujii in St. Petersburg, July 2012
May 4: Re-broadcast of Concert à Carnegie Hall on Arte TV.
May 13-29 Nobu traveled to Switzerland ( Basel ), England (Brighton, London, Bristol), Poland to perform concertos, including  Prokofiev's Concerto No. 3 and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1  Read about this phenomenally successful tour here:  Nobuyuki Tsujii in Europe, May 2012

April 29  Arte TV April 29 Nobuyuki Tsujii Broadcast A  Peter Rosen production of Nobuyuki Tsujii at the Carnegie Hall , Concert à Carnegie Hall , was shown on Arte TV in Europe, in prime time.  The show was also posted on the website of the Arte TV for all to see - a great treat!  In one day, the video has received over 2000 views and very favorable rating and comments.

March 2012  Nobu traveled to England, France, Germany, and Austria  to perform recitals of Mozart, Beethoven and Mussorgsky.   In England, his performances of Chopin Piano Concerto No. 1 were sensational.  In Austria, he received a very warm welcome in Weidholfen.  See Nobuyuki Tsujii in Europe, Spring 2012

Turkey, December 2011 The Antalya Piano Festival and Istanbul.

 Manchester, England -- February 2011

 December 2010 Europe Tour