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August 9
In Japan, Conductor Yutaka Sado is stepping off a long-running classical music show "Untitled Concert" after being at the helms for decades. Sado is Nobu's childhood mentor, and Nobu appeared on the show many times over the years. Today (Sunday) was I believe the last episode of the show hosted by Sado, and Nobu (I think) appeared on the show as guest, much to the delight of twitters like this one

https://twitter.com/yoko01715263/status/630204060415582208
私の大好きなラフマニノフのピアノ協奏曲第2番、辻井伸行さんの演奏のリクエストを一部TVで見た…♪🎹私が中学生の頃からクラシックが好きで聞いていたけど、この曲は大人になってから知った曲…♪胸を打つロシアの作曲家らしい名曲だと思う
Piano Concerto No. 2 is my favorite Rachmaninoff,  The Nobuyuki Tsujii's playing by request was seen on TV ... ♪ 🎹  I have listened to classic since I was in junior high school, but only learned about this work as an adult. I think it's a masterpiece It seems Russian composers know how to hit the chest

佐渡裕さんと辻井伸行さんのラフマニノフ良かった!ジーンと来ました。 全部見たかったな。 #題名のない音楽会  Yutaka Sado -san and Nobuyuki Tsujii's Rachmaninoff was good! ... I wanted to see the whole thing. # Untitled Concert -tweet

盲目だとかそんなことは関係ない。 辻井伸行さんの全身から溢れ出すピアノの旋律に心が震える。  It doesn't matter that he is blind.  My heart trembles in melody of piano overflowing from Nobuyuki Tsujii's whole body  -tweet

もう辻井伸行さんの演奏みると涙が止まらなくなる。人間の可能性とか限界とか、そんな決まり文句を根底から覆してくれるんですよね。私のハンデなんか可愛いものです、また元気をもらってしまいました、ありがとうございます。 #題名のない音楽会  Tears would not stop looking at Nobuyuki Tsujii's playing.  The human potential has no limit.  It is such a cliche.  A handicap has turned into such a lovable thing.  Thank you. # Untitled Concert -tweet

13歳の辻井伸行さんの才能を見出せる佐渡さんもすごいし、もちろん辻井さんもラフマニノフのピアノ協奏曲2番でコンクール受賞もすごい! 感動的な2人の抱擁シーン。 #題名のない音楽会  Sado's discovery of the talent of 13-year old Nobuyuki Tsujii is amazing! Of courseTsujii's Rachmaninov no. 2 at the contest that he won was also amazing.  The scene of the two hugging is impressive.  # Untitled Concert  -tweet

辻井伸行さんも今となっては素晴らしいピアニストになった。佐渡さんが見いだしたのか #題名  Nobuyuki Tsujii might not have become the great pianist that he is now if he had not been discovered by Sado-san. # title  #tvasahi -tweet

佐渡裕と辻井伸行の回良かったよね…  I think Yutaka Sado and Nobyuki Tsujii had a good time ...  -tweet

辻井伸行! Nobuyuki Tsujii!  -tweet

August 4, 2015

Dr. Masahiro Kawakami (Nobu's long-time piano teacher) updated his blog today. He wrote that he had a session with Nobu somewhere in Shibuya, mostly on Chopin and Gershwin; the session was followed by a rehearsal for Nobu with Ms. Ayaka Hirahara, singer with whom Nobu will perform in Nagasaki this Friday ("Concert of Hope"). It seems that Nobu might be accompanying Ms. Hirahara on a rendition of his "Tribute to Jeanie." Mr. Kawakami seems quite a fan of the songstress! 
Here is a rough translation of the piece, with two photos
http://www.masahiro-kawakami.com/blog/index.php?e=781
平原綾香さん登場!
Ayaka Hirahara's appearance!
2015-08-04 Tue
今日はまたまた辻井君と音楽のセッション(おもにガーシュウィンとショパン)を渋谷区の某所でやっていたのですが、そう頻繁に会っているわけではなく、もちろん先日の紀尾井ホール以来です。この8月は私も日本にいない日が多く、さらに忙しい辻井君のスケジュールを縫っての短い時間の再会ではあったのですが、彼はそのあと続けてちょうど他のリハーサルも入っていて、なんと私が帰る前に平原綾香さん登場となりました。
 I was once again having a music session with Mr. Tsujii (mainly Gershwin and Chopin)  somewhere in Shibuya today; we don't meet very often, and this meeting was the first since at Kioi Hall the other day.  Most of the time I am not even in Japan in August, but it was good that we could fit this short get-together into Tsujii-kun's busy schedule.  He was to have a rehearsal after the session, and before I took leave, Ms. Ayaka Hirahara showed up!
平原綾香さんとは、今回長崎での音楽イベントでコラボをすることになっているということで、今日が初合わせではあったということですが、平原さんは私がいる前で辻井君のピアノ伴奏で素晴らしい歌声を披露してくれました。本番では『ジュピター』も歌われるのでしょう。(辻井君のピアノが入るかどうかは確認できませんでしたが。)
Ms. Ayaka Hirahara and Tsujii-kun are performing a musical event in Nagasaki together, and today it was their first get-together.
Tsujii-kun previously played the piano to accompany Ms. Hirahara's wonderful singing voice in the performance of a song "Jupiter,"  (Although whether Tsujii-kun will be accompanying [in Nagasaki] could not be confirmed.)
今日は目の前で平原さんの『おひさま~大切なあなたへ』と辻井君作曲の『ジェニーへのオマージュ』(作品1)に『たんぽぽ』というタイトルと歌詞が付けられた新作のリハーサルを聴かせてくれました。エイベックスのスタッフさんたちと感動しながら聴いていました。
Today, as I looked on, Ms. Hirahara sang "The precious sunshine' Tsujii-kun's composition "Homage to Jeannie" (op1)  and "Dandelion," a new song.  As I listened, I was impressed with the staff of Avex.
平原綾香さんも現在30回を超える全国コンサートの真っ最中で、その合間を縫ってのリハでしたが、今日辻井君とスケジュールが合って本当に良かったです。私もとても素晴らしい瞬間に立ち会うことができました。いや、本当に歌が素晴らしかったです。普通のサロンなのにエコーがかかっているような美しい響きで、不思議な感覚を受けました。近くで聴くとやはり違うものですね。
Ms. Ayaka Hirahara is  in the middle of her a national concert tour,  for more than t 30 times, and the rehearsal was stitched into her schedule.  I was able to witness a very great moment.  Yes, the songs were really great.  The sound was beautiful in spite of the common studio that we were in, which suffers from echoes.  Not for the first time I felt that it is special to listen to music performed in close range.
平原綾香さん、辻井伸行君と (photo caption: Ms. Ayaka Hirahara, Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii)
このままずっと一緒にいたかったのですが、残念ながら私は大学へ急がなければいけませんでした
I wanted to stay on forever, but unfortunately I had to rush off to my university.
♪ April 4, 2015

Tickets for the August 30 Hiroshima stop of the "Nobuyuki Tsujii original composition with orchestra" tour comes on advance (extra-fee) sale today. Nobu has not performed in Hiroshima for some time, and Miyuki, a long-time fan, is thrilled about this performance but super anxious about getting tickets for her and her mother. We wish her luck! She shared this image of "a pretty big ad in the local newspaper" for the concert.
♪ April 3, 2015
Nobu the composer has been hard at work.
Not only will we get to hear music composed by Nobu for his mother on April 5 Sunday, for her just-launched  Radio program "What color is the wind today?", but it turns out that tomorrow (Saturday April 4) a Tokyo TV program 「美の巨人たち」 (Giants of Beauty, about masterpieces in arts) will start and end with theme music composed by Nobu; the program is a favorite of Nobu's father.
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/kyojin/
KIRIN  TV TOKYO
http://prtimes.jp/main/html/rd/p/000000367.000002734.html
テレビ東京「美の巨人たち」放送16年目に突入する、きょう4/4(土)からナレーターに蒼井優が加入!テーマ曲をピアニスト 辻井伸行が担当!!
TV Tokyo "giants of Beauty" marks 16th anniversary of broadcast .  Narrator Aoi Yu will join the program!   Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii is responsible for the [new] theme song! !
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  辻井伸行 コメント ■
今回、番組のオープニングとエンディングを担当させて頂きました。
Tsujii Nobuyuki comments ■
This time, I was allowed to be in charge of the program's music at  the opening and ending.
多くの方々に長く愛され続けている番組から、このような機会を頂けた事を大変光栄でうれしく思います。
I am happy and very honored to be given such an opportunity for a program that has been beloved by many people,
父が番組の大ファンなので、私も毎回の番組内で紹介される「美の巨人たち」に多くの感銘と刺激を受けて来ました。そこから自分なりのイメージを膨らませ作曲した曲です。
My father is a big fan of the program, and I have been impressed with the exciting introduction of each episode.  Based on the image I perceived I composed this music
是非、番組と一緒に楽しんでご覧頂けたら幸いです。
By all means, I hope you will enjoy the music along with viewing the program.
Yura tweeted:
「美の巨人たち」番組プロデューサーのコメント《既に映画や美術展のテーマ曲も手掛けている辻井伸行さんですが、素晴らしい感性で番組の世界観を掴み取り、心地よく耳に残る印象的なメロディーで、オープニングは美しく力強い、エンディングは感動的な盛り上がりを見せる曲を作ってくれました。》
There is already a comment about the composition for "Giants of Beauty": "Mr.  Nobuyuki Mr. Tsujii has also composed theme songs for movies and art exhibitions.  For "giants of beauty ", he shows a great sensitivity for the program,  with an impressive melody that remains comfortable to the ear.  The opening theme is beautifully powerful, and the ending theme is an impressive climax.
And you can hear the music in this short video!
Mar 19/20
http://www.tbs.co.jp/radio/naniiro/
世界的ピアニスト・辻井伸行さんを育てられた辻井いつ子さんが、
子育てをテーマにおしゃべりしていく番組 『辻井いつ子の今日の風、なに色?』 が
4月5日(日)にスタートします!!
Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii who brought up  the global pianist Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii
will host a program "Tsujii Itsuko What color is the wind today?"  about child development
According to a tweet, Nobu composed a piece "What color is the wind today?" for the show.
辻井いつ子がTBSラジオ「大沢悠里のゆうゆうワイド」に生出演中。ピアニスト辻井伸行さんの子育て、4月からの新番組「ミキハウス プレゼンツ 辻井いつ子の今日の風、なに色?」のために伸行さんが作曲した「今日の風、なに色?」も紹介⁉︎ http://kosodate-hiroba.net Mrs. Itsuko Tsujii appeared Live on the "Osawa Yuri" show on TBS radio.  Bringing up pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii; April new program "What color is today's wind?" introduced  with music "What color is today's wind?" composed by Nobuyuki Tsujii.

♪ March
31, 2015 (Tuesday) 19:00 【東京サントリーホール Tokyo Suntory Hall (2,006 seats) Stop no. 18  on Nobu's Chopin/Liszt/Beethoven 'Appassionata' recital Japan tourNews, comments, photos are collected here. This was originally to be the finale of the tour, which was extended with five more performances through April 14.

Suntory Hall - Tokyo's primier concert hall -- image via Internet link
Many blog posts mention the sakura (cherry blossoms) that are in full bloom in Tokyo near Suntory Hall, adding to their enjoyment of the concert, and considered a good omen.
Sakura in full bloom in Tokyo! Image via Internet link

♪  March 26
The Nobuyuki Tsujii's official site does not usually post a "recital report" when he is in Japan, but there was one today, for a special reason!
2015年3月26日(日本)
横須賀芸術劇場
2月17日にスタートした「熱情」ツアーも3分の2を過ぎました。
ここまでご来場くださった皆様にお礼申し上げます。
この日は、2009年のヴァン・クライバーン国際ピアノ・コンクールの際にホームステイさせて頂いたデイヴィッドソンご夫妻が日本にいらしていたので、コンサートにご招待しました。
ご夫妻も忙しくしていらっしゃるので、アメリカに行ってもなかなか会えません。
演奏を聴いて頂いたのは2013年2月のフォートワース交響楽団との共演以来、リサイタルとなると2009年の秋以来です。
久しぶりにお目にかかることが出来て、とても楽しいひと時を過ごしました。
March 26, 2015
Yokosuka Arts Theatre
"Appassionata" tour, which started on February 17, has now passed the 2/3 point.  I thank everyone who has come to my performances.
On this day, because Mr. and Mrs. Davidson, my host family during the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition of 2009, had come to Japan, they were invited to the concert.
Because Mr. and Mrs. Davidson are busy, it is difficult for us to get together when I performed in the United States. Since the fall of 2009, the last time we were together was in February 2013 when I performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. It was great to see them again, and we had a very happy time together after a long absence.
image posted on Nobuyuki Tsujii official site recital report, shown via Internet link
The photo above now appears on the Cliburn Facebook Page and has had over 110 "like"s.
Please click here and add your "like" to show your appreciation for the Davidsons.

♪ Feb 27, 2015
On a day off from his 'Appassionata' recital Japan tour, Nobu attended a reception in Tokyo for Prince William of U.K. 
Photo Reuters/Kyodo via Internet link
More at  Nobuyuki Tsujii meets Prince William

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