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Nobuyuki Tsujii

Pianist

Described by The Observer as the ​“definition of virtuosity” Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii (Nobu), who has been blind from birth, won the joint Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009 and has gone on to earn an international reputation for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances. 

In the 2018/19 season, Nobu returns to both the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. He then goes on a tour of the US East Coast and Asia with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In London, Nobu debuts in the International Piano Series at Southbank Centre. Other engagements this season include appearances at Rostropovich Festival and a number of recitals in Germany (such as Berlin Philharmonie and Stuttgart Liederhalle among others).

An exclusive recording artist for Avex Classics International, Nobu’s albums include Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Yutaka Sado and the BBC Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recital discs of Chopin, Mozart, Debussy and Liszt. Last season, Nobu recorded Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Paganini under Vassily Petrenko with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

A live DVD recording of Nobu’s 2011 Carnegie Hall recital was named DVD of the Month by Gramophone, as was his latest DVD release, ​‘Touching the Sound — The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii’, a documentary film by Peter Rosen.