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Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii - affectionately known as “Nobu” - captured the hearts and imaginations of music lovers throughout the world with his gold medal–winning performances at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. Blind since birth, Nobu believes that “there are no barriers in the field of music.”
He is acclaimed for his heartfelt and inspiring performances, enchanting audiences with his expressive lyricism and astonishing technique. He has performed sold-out concerts around the world and has catapulted to rock-star fame in Japan. Since 2009, Nobu has made over 100 recital and concerto appearances in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
He will perform a sumptuous program of well-known virtuosic works by two of the giants of pianism, Debussy and Chopin, each of whom created new sound worlds through their much-loved piano compositions.
Debussy Deux Arabesques
- La soirée dans Grenade
- Jardins sous la pluie
Chopin Grande Valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 31
Polonaise-Fantaisie in A-flat major, Op. 61
Polonaise No. 6 in A-flat major, Op. 53 “Héroique”
"Nobu" Fever: Japan Falls for a Blind Piano Prodigy
“Classical music critic Yukiko Hagiya calls his sound ‘pure and crystal-clear.’ Michel Beroff, one of the jurors for the Cliburn Competition told the monthly piano magazine Chopin, ‘The special thing about his performance is his sound. It has depth, color and contrast, the genuine music.’”
“It was heart opening, ecstatic, at times primal.”
Presented with assistance from Van Cliburn Foundation
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