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Nobuyuki Tsujii

Nobuyuki Tsujii

Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii was joint Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. An inspirational musician with a formidable technique and a natural gift for pianistic colour, he has earned international recognition in recent years for the excitement of his live performances.

Recent engagements have included the “unparalleled excitement” (The Observer) of his BBC Proms/Royal Albert Hall debut, and appearances with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and La Scala Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in major tours of the U.S. and Japan, the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy, the BBC Philharmonic with both Juanjo Mena and Yutaka Sado, Seattle Symphony under Stilian Kirov, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana with Thierry Fischer. He has also appeared with all the major Japanese orchestras including NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, Japan Philharmonic and Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa.

He has given recitals in recent seasons at the Aspen and Ravinia Festivals, in New York at the Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium, and in Washington D.C, Boston, Berlin and Munich. Recitals this year include an appearance at the Green Music Centre in California, and a return to both Munich and Berlin with a programme of Chopin and Ravel.

Concerto highlights of the 2014/15 season include two major tours in Japan with the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa with Marc Minkowski and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, as well as appearances with the BBC Philharmonic and Vienna Tonkunstler orchestras under Yutaka Sado.

Nobuyuki Tsujii records exclusively for Avex Classics, and has made a number of best-selling recordings in recent years including Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with DSO Berlin, an all-Chopin recital disc, Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Yukata Sado and the BBC Philharmonic, a Mozart recital disc, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and an all-Liszt disc released in Japan in September 2014. A live DVD recording of his 2011 Carnegie Hall recital was DVD of the Month in Gramophone magazine, and a live DVD ‘Nobuyuki Tsujii at White Nights’, his debut with Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, has recently been released, as has a new documentary by Peter Rosen entitled ‘Touching the Sound’. All three are distributed by Naxos in the U.S. and Euroarts in Europe.

Nobuyuki Tsujii’s international tours are supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA), and he gratefully acknowledges their assistance.