|Jan 17, 18, 19, 20 Winnipeg, Canada - as part of the Virtuosi Concert Series of the University of Winnipeg
Update: On February 21, 2013, I found this page http://www.virtuosi.mb.ca/02/harrys-high-notes-sonia-chan-nobu-more/ - Harry's High Notes, by Harry Strub, director of the Winnipeg Virtuosi Series, which mentioned many high praises from the audience who attended Nobu's January 20 recital. The text of the article is copied below for preservation.
Audience as Critic: Nobu Fever hits Winnipeg!
Nobuyuki Tsujii; The Van Cliburn Gold, Sunday, January 20, 2013
Our thanks to our Virtuosi Concerts patrons who virtually exhausted
the lexicon of praise for Nobu’s performance as “…amazing, incredible,
breathtaking, soul-stirring, phenomenal, astounding and glorious”. “Move over Horowitz!” marvelled David Wiseman. The experience of Yoshi Masaki was that “Nobu’s concert was greater than words”.
“This was the most stunning musical event in a long time” ~ M. Dammerman.
“The most amazing live music performance I’ve ever attended” ~ Andrea Paci
“Nobu’s musicianship transcended his blindness” ~ Elaine Segstro
“His playing was sublime” ~ Anna Doorenbos
“We were transported beyond ice and snow; his Clair de lune had more finesse than the best French wine” ~ Virginia Heinrichs
“Nobu plays as if he’s an extension of the piano” ~ Doris Bass
The Virtuosi’s Critic Prize is awarded to Shirley Kitchen: “A heroic transcending performance. I wept at the beauty of it.”
And, clicking on the "Audience as Critics" button on that page, two long comments can be found:
2013-01-20: Nobuyuki TsujiiAudience as Critic
DEBUSSY: Deux Arabesques, Suite bergamasque, Estampes, L’Isle joyeuse.
CHOPIN: Grande Valse brillante in E flat major, Op.18 Scherzo No.2 in
B-flat minor, Op.3 Polonaise-Fantasie in A flat major, Op. 61,Polonaise
No. 6 in A flat major, Op.53 “Heroique”
Virginia HeinrichsFebruary 25 I wrote to the Winnipeg Virtuosi concerts to thank them and was pleasantly surprised to hear back from them:
Amazing. Wonderful clarity for Debussy, which is often
lacking; Breathtaking shimmery tones in Clair de lune — more finesse
than the best French wine. All the colours in the music. Nobu does not
need his eyesight to facilitate this! The Valse brilliante was truly
brilliant — no it was dazzling, not only in technique, but in passion
and colour. Chopin again had the requisite refined detail as well as the
Polish fire. Nobu has the ability to caress the keys or to project fire
and brilliance. There were many breathtaking moments and subtleties.
Simply amazing. We were transported beyond ice and snow.Edgar Schreiber
Extraordinary person, Nobuyuki Tsujii. Kudos to Virtuosi
Concerts for presenting this highly gifted piano virtuoso. Thank you so
much for this wonderful afternoon.
you for letting us know about this wonderful fan page, and for taking
the time to re-post the feedback Nobuyuki received from the audience at
Virtuosi Concerts. The performance left quite an impression. Our
theatre has never been so well attended!
Great to hear that they
enjoyed their visit to Winnipeg, despite the cold temperatures. We were
both pleased and honoured to host Nobuyuki and Nick, his Manager, as
they traveled throughout North America - and hope to cross paths again.
It is fitting that Nobuyuki has such a loyal following.
I will pass this onto Harry Strub. Thank you again,
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A rave review appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press shortly after the January 18 concert (also recorded on this site at Winnipeg Free Press January 18 review, for preservation)
Friday night, the audience at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's
Masterworks concert witnessed an amazing up-and-coming artist. From the
moment Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii walked on stage, we knew we were
witnessing someone about who we will come to say, "I heard him when..."
And an interesting letter to the editors of the Winnipeg
Free press: Nobu reveals essence of disability and art.
This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9biDEWxWc2Y of Nobu being interviewed on Winnipeg TV appeared on YouTube on Feb. 5.
An article surfaced about an interesting letter to the editors of the Winnipeg
Free press: Nobu reveals essence of disability and art, with a small photo. The article is copied below for preservation:
Nobu reveals essence of disability and artBy Harry Paine on February 8, 2013Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Charitable Organizations, Culture, ReviewsThis letter to the Editor of the Winnipeg Free Press was published but only the first three paragraphs made it into print. Left out were key points that disability in an artist may not only add to the quality of the work but is often the muse that gives it life. photo shown via Internet linkL to R: Susan Lamberd – Chair ADNM, artist Nobuyuki Tsujii and Marie Bouchard of The Winnipeg FoundationEditor, Winnipeg Free PressI didn’t get around to reading Gwenda Nemerofsky’s review of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks concert in Saturday January 26th Winnipeg Free Press until Sunday afternoon and I am happy about that as I was able to relive the glory of the concert that I attended on Saturday evening.Gwenda’s descriptive prose of the performance was beyond journalism and into art, especially that part of her review that witnessed the young master of the piano Nobuyuki Tsujii. I saw through her words his hands moving at such lightning speed that I was left breathless for a second time.However, there is a point of clarification that I think needs to be made and that is in regard to the paragraph “He was led on to the stage by conductor Alexander Mickelthwate because he has been blind since he was born, but that was the extent that his disability affected his performance and ability to captivate an audience.”I and a number of other of the supporters of the Arts and Disability Network Manitoba (ADMN) collaborated with Virtuosi Concerts and the WSO and were at the concert representing local artists with disabilities whose works were on display in the foyer. Like Nobu these artists have had to overcome some social and physical limiting factors in their lives to achieve goals; our purpose as a network is to support artists with disabilities through providing resources, education and opportunities.It is our opinion artists such as Nobu and many others are not ‘affected’ by their disability but in most cases are ‘effected’ by the limitation they may have. We would suggest that to a large measure Nobu’s genius at the keyboard may have come from the fact that being blind he had to rely on his acute sense of sound rather than be distracted by sight, motion and lighting. Micklethwate in his pre-concert dialogue discussed the special relationship that he and the soloist had to develop because there was no visual communication.The relative numbers of persons with disabilities in society is changing somewhat dramatically as medical science is allowing us to live longer and make greater on-going contributions to the economy and to the arts world. Artists such as Christine Sun Kim who is totally deaf but uses sound to create art and who will be in Winnipeg at the ADNM Fair in October, disability advocate Geoff McMurchy confined to a wheelchair expresses his artistic abilities through dance routines and at last year’s ADNM Winnipeg City Councillor Ross Eadie spoke eloquently about how he as a blind person could appreciate visual art.Cultural and artistic expression is in a constant state of change as it should be and great art doesn’t need to transcend disability, it is embraced, informed and enriched by it.
I posted this comment:
January 19 Our dear Nobu posted a recital report, with 4 excellent photos.
Hi, from California!
I am one of the biggest fans around of Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii, and I am
very happy that he seems to have made quite an impression in Winnipeg.
I read this letter of Mr. Harry Paine with great interest. Its
topic is one that has been on my mind ever since I became entranced by
Nobu. I was not even aware that Nobu was blind when I was first
captivated by his performances at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.
Since then, I have followed his career with great interest, and his
music and his remarkable accomplishments have rewarded me richly.
I think Nobu and his mother (Mrs. Istuko Tsujii) would agree with Mr.
Paine’s thesis, which is that disability can be embraced for artistic
and cultural achievements such as that attained by Nobu. In Japan, Mrs.
Tsujii gives lectures to parents. In her talks, she does not speak
about how to overcome the handicap of one’s child, but instead how to
“stretch” his talents.
Nobu was brought up without thinking that he is handicapped. His
mother took little Nobu to all kinds of experiences, including visits to
museums, attending kabuki, and “seeing” fireworks. As a result, Nobu
never considers himself handicapped. Doing what’s natural to him, Nobu
has made the utmost of the senses that he does possess.
People all over the world are now astonished by Nobu’s music and his
story. Even so, the inescapable label of “blind” or “handicapped” is
affecting Nobu adversely in an insidious way. Soon after Nobu was
awarded a gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition,
there was an outcry that sympathy for his handicap was a factor in the
jury’s decision. This preconception may have affected some music
critics who are less objective than Ms. Gwenda Nemerofsky of the
Winnipeg Free Press, and some of these critics have written about Nobu’s
music less admiringly. There are also people — such as one Winnipeg
blogger — who opined that Nobu gets his standing ovations only because
he is blind.
I wish those critics would carefully read this letter of Mr. Paine,
especially the last sentence: “great art doesn’t need to transcend
disability, it is embraced, informed and enriched by it.”
2,300席余りの大きなCentennial Concert Hallで、
January 18, 2001 (Canada)
First concert this year,
In the Centennial Concert Hall 2,300 seats too large,
With conductor Alexander Mickelthwate and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
I played Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3.
It was cold outside, but we received a huge warm ovation from the audience.
And again for the performance on the next day
Yesterday repeated Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
We received a huge ovation from customers.
Nobu arrived in Winnipeg during extremely cold winter weather. The temperature had ranged from -20°C to -30°C during the days when he was in town.
http://www.virtuosi.mb.ca/01/the-van-cliburn-gold/ high notes from Harry
SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 3PM
On January 17, Nobuyuki Tsujii will appear IN PERSON before and after a public screening of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition documentary
THE VAN CLIBURN GOLD
NOBUYUKI TSUJII, piano
new star of the concert stage was a winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn
Competition. He is so unique, he deserves the widest exposure –
performing a concerto with the WSO (Jan. 18–19) and a Virtuosi recital
the following afternoon. That “Nobu” is also completely blind from birth
is forgotten as soon as his fingers touch the keyboard. Amazingly, he
learns all the music by ear. You must be here to understand why Van
Cliburn himself said, “Nobu’s performance had the power of a healing
service; you feel God’s presence in the room.”
January 11, 2013
Nobuyuki Tsujii: FREE screening and in Recital
WSO Virtuosi Event
January 17, 7:30 PM
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and Virtuosi Concerts Inc, along with
the Arts and Disability Network Manitoba, is proud to present a FREE screening
of the 90 minute PBS documentary.
Nobu will appear with music director Alexander Mickelthwate before the screening to talk about preparing for the upcoming concerts with the WSO. A reception will follow hosted by the Canadian Japanese Cultural Centre in the area outside the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Limited seating available.
Nobuyuki Tsujii in Recital
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 PM
Experience Nobuyuki's exquisite technique in an intimate afternoon recital of Debussy and Chopin. You must be here to understand why Van Cliburn himself said, "Nobu's performance had the power of a healing service; you feel God's presence in the room."
TICKETS: Adult $33.00; Student $15.00; High School Student $5.00.
Call 204.786.9000 or WSO Box Office at 204.949.3999.
@WpgSymphony tweet: WSO fact: 1973 WSO begins An Evening in Old Vienna. This wknd feat Ligeti/Dvořák/pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, blind since birth, plays Prokofiev
NobuTsujiiFans tweet: Envy!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-r_mOJmdQX0 … RT
@WpgSymphony This weekend features Ligeti/Dvořák/pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii plays Prokofiev"
NobuTsujiiFans tweet: Nobuyuki Tsujii performs Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 at London Festival Hall, May 26, 2012 Review. http://www.seenandheard-international.com/2012/05/26/ashkenazy-conducts-russian-music/ …
Posted Jan 15, 12:33 PM on "Giants in the Playground forum" by a Canadian http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14535887 I
have secured a ticket for Nobuyuki Tsujii on Sunday -- I'm seated on
stage right beside the piano. I got into the office just in time to buy
the absolute last seat.
by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: WSO/Virtuosi Concerts/ADNM.ca
presents free screening of PBS film "A Surprise in Texas" 2day 7pm
Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall UofW pretalk w/Nobu
IMG Artists New York @IMGArtistsNY tweeted:
Winnipeg, MB: Van Cliburn Gold Winner #Nobuyuki Tsujii performs with
Virtousi Chamber Music series. Check him out on 1/20! cc:@NobuTsujiiFan
Posted today on the facebook page of Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii, who performs this Friday and Saturday
with the WSO, shared First Prize at the 2009 Van Cliburn International
Piano Competition, was featured in the acclaimed PBS film "A Surprise in
Texas" and debuted in November 2011 at Carnegie Hall.
そういえば１月にウィニペグに辻井伸行さんが来るんだった。チケット取るのすっかり忘れてた。見に行きたかった。 In January to Winnipeg Mr. Nobuyuki Tsujii comes - now that you mention it. I had completely forgotten to take the ticket. I want to go see. -tweet
The WSO and Virtuosi Concerts Inc, along with the Arts and Disability
Network Manitoba (www.ADNM.ca) is proud to present a free screening of
the 90 minute PBS documentary today, Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm
at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall at the University of Winnipeg.
will appear with music director Alexander Mickelthwate before the
screening to talk about preparing for the upcoming concerts with the
WSO. A reception will follow hosted by the Canadian Japanese Cultural
Centre in the area outside the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall. Limited seating
Winnipeg Symphony @WpgSymphony tweeted:
今週末、辻井伸行さんがウィニペグに来てるとな。This weekend, Mr. Tsujii is coming to Winnipeg -tweet
Winnipeg tweeter wrote: Great performances by the @WpgSymphony Friday
night especially Nobuyuki Tsujii with his Prokofiev's Piano Concerto
から辻井伸行さんのコンサートです。会場満員！辻井さんはやはり世界的に有名なんですね(^ ^)楽しみ！From now Mr. Nobuyuki
Tsujii 's concert. Packed venue! Mr. Tsujii is world famous. Fun (^
^)! -tweet by Winnipeg twitter
辻井さんのピアノ、感動しすぎてめっちゃ泣いてもた。スタンディングオベーションで拍手も鳴りやまなかったよ！ The piano of Mr. Tsujii, I was moved to tears. The applause would not stop, with a standing ovation! -tweet
Nobu posted a report about his recital yesterday.
image via Internet link
January 20, 2013 (Canada)
In Canada, the first recital of the year, in Ekkuharudo Guramate Hall of the University of Winnipeg.
It was 25 ℃ below zero outside, but I did not feel as cold as some people worried. And the people of Winnipeg are very warm and friendly.
Since the tickets were sold out in a small hall, a number of auxiliary seats were placed around the piano.
Audience during the performance of the concert was very quiet; and the cheers and applause were passionate after my playing.
For encores, I played Chopin's Nocturne No. 8 and "Still, we are living".
http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14567520 Post #647 on a gamers' board, posted on Jan 21
The concert I saw yesterday was an irreplaceable jewel of experience for my treasure box. I was seated on stage across from the performer at the back of the piano, situated perfectly to see his face and the movement of the hammers. He gave four pieces by Debussy, four by Chopin, and one of his own.
To see the shameless rapture on his face and hear his frenzied sibilant breathing as he thundered forth flawless music with such a range of power and tenderness was sublime. I also got to shake his hand and say hello afterwards; he was sweet and soft-spoken with a small, cool, smooth hand like a petal.
Here is his playing from several years ago, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vKgawvTbnU, the wonderful Nobuyuki Tsujii, who was born blind and learns to play by ear alone.
I think my favourite thing he did was to stay leaned forwards over the keys after finishing a piece, letting the silence linger for several moments before standing to bow. One thing I hate at performances is when people rush to applaud the SECOND the last note is played, leaving no time to fully digest its finality
Someone in Winnipeg tweeted: I met the most extraordinary pianist at WSO! Nobuyuki Tsujii is amazing,
and he has been blind since birth! He will be on Backstage!
<I tweeted back to ask what "Backstage" is - perhaps a Canadian TV show>
The facebook page of the Van Cliburn Foundation today mentions the glowing review that appeared on the Winnipeg Free Press last week, and the upcoming performances of Nobuyuki Tsujii in Fort Worth next week.
A U.K. tweeter wrote: Meet the next great pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii - Winnipeg Free Press, Canada http://vipnews.org.uk/WVLGna
From Winnipeg came a dissenting voice. This is a mean-spirited article and not to be taken seriously http://tingram.wordpress.com/2013/01/21/the-weekends-entertainments/