Nobuyuki & Ashkenazy 2013 Japan Tour

Memory of a life time - I was fortunate to get to attend three concerts in Japan on the Nobuyuki & Ashkenazy 2013 Japan Tour.
Three mad fans of Nobuyuki Tsujii in the Sasebo Arkas concert hall in Japan on September 29.   We arrived from 3 different continents.
We were all wearing "
♥ Nobu Piano" pin buttons.  (Photo by Paul)
September 17 - September 29, 2013: Nobuyuki Tsujii toured Japan with all-time great pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, performing with the Japanese Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.  There are 11 stops.  I will have the pleasure of being in the concert hall for three of those stops. All 11 stops have been declared SOLD OUT.  News, comments, photos about the tour are collected in three parts - please scroll down for the links. 
The 11 stops of the tour - tour numbers are in red and correspond to the numbers in the first column of the table below.

 1 Sept 17
19:00
Ishikawa Prefectural Music Hall, Kanazawa.
石川県立音楽堂コンサートホール (seats 1560)
Chopin Piano Concerto, No. 2
https://yyk1.ka-ruku.com/ishikawa-t/index.jsp?type=N&id=A130917-00&scr=detail
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_1
 2 Sept 18
19:00
Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall. 愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール(seats 1,800)
Chopin's Piano concerto No. 2
 http://clanago.com/news/2013/130918_kanazawa/kanazawa.html
http://www.orchestra-ensemble-kanazawa.jp/concert/2013/09/37_1.html#more
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_1
 3 Sept 20
19:00
オーチャードホールBunkamura Orchard Hall (seats 2,150),  Tokyo. 
Grieg's concerto

http://ints.co.jp/oek2013/index.htm
http://eplus.jp/sys/T1U90P006001P0050001P002093447P0030001P0007P0491
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/orchard/lineup/20130920tsuji.html

News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_1
 4 Sept 21
14:00
オーチャードホールBunkamura Orchard Hall (seats 2,150),  Tokyo.  Chopin's Piano concerto No. 2
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/orchard/lineup/20130920tsuji.html
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_1
 5 Sept 22 (14:00)
富士市文化会館(ロゼシアター)大ホール) Fuji City Cultural Center, Shizuoka. Large Hall (Rose Theatre) (1,632 seats) Chopin's Piano concerto No. 2. http://rose-theatre.jp/event/detail/?dat_id=133
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_2
 6 Sept 23 15:00
大阪 ザ・シンフォニーホールOsaka Symphony Hall (1,704 seats)
Grieg's concerto
http://asahi.co.jp/symphony/event/detail.php?id=1994
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_2
 7 Sept 24
19:00
宮崎 石川県立音楽堂 Miyazaki Prefectural Art Theater (1,818 seats)
Grieg's concerto  
http://www.miyazaki-ac.jp/?page_id=330
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_2
 8 Sept 26
19:00
熊本県立劇場コンサートホール Kumamoto Prefectural Theatre (1,810 seats)
Chopin's Piano concerto No. 2. 
Pre: June 5 ; general release: June 16
http://www.orchestra-ensemble-kanazawa.jp/concert/2013/09/post_323.html
http://packet.kumanichi.com/picup.php?intMKEY=1305200024
http://www.kengeki.or.jp/audienceperform/2013_tsujii_ashkenazy
http://www.officemusica.com/tsujii_ashkenazy.html

News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_2
 9 Sept 27
19:00
アクロス福岡 福岡シンフォニーホールARCOS Symphony Hall, Fukuoka (1,663 seats)
Chopin's Piano concerto No. 2
http://www.avexnet.or.jp/classics/tsujii-oek2013/index.html
http://www.acros.or.jp/r_event/event_detail.php?event_id=5262

News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_2
10 Sept 28  16:00
山口 シンフォニア岩国コンサートホール Yamaguchi Iwakuni Sinfonia Concert Hall (1,205 seats)
Chopin'
s Piano concerto No. 2 
http://www.sinfonia-iwakuni.com/news/2013/02/
http://event.rhythm-cal.jp/event/417477
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_3
11 Sept 29
15:00
Nagasaki Great Hall Arkas, Sasebo. 長崎 アルカスSASEBO 大ホール Sasebo Arkas Hall (2,000 seats)
Grieg's concerto
General release: July 6 - "Arkas club" pre-sale Saturday June 29
http://event.rhythm-cal.jp/event/438055
http://www.arkas.or.jp/?p=16988&cat26_09
News and comments collected at Nobu_Ashkenazy_2013_3
image  via Internet link
Other official links:
This is not the first time that Nobu and Ashkenazy & OEK perform in Japan;  Nobu performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Maestro Ashkenazy and the OEK  in June 2010 - as this poster shows and this article describes.

Also, Japanese Nobu fans informed me that Nobu has performed each of these works before.
- Some years ago, Nobu stepped in to substitute for Mr. Yukio Yokoyama (his university professor whom we saw in the Cliburn Competition video) at a Valentine Day concert, and Nobu "gave a superb performance even though he had not practiced that concerto for about a year."  Brief footage of that  performance has been shown  on some TV specials about Nobu
- And, Nobu  performed Grieg when he was only 14 years old: http://www.ntv.co.jp/shinon/0307/20030723.html- photo below, shown via Internet link
Related article  Nobu x Ashkenazy 2013 - Grieg and Chopin 2 concertos

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