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 2019/20 season, Nobu debuts with Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under Kent Nagano, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under Andrew Manze, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden. He also returns to play under Vasily Petrenko with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Other engagements this season include appearances at Enescu Festival and a number of recitals at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Wigmore Hall and Birmingham’s Town Hall. He also makes his debut in the Netherlands, playing a recital at the Riaskoff Series at Amserdam Concertgebouw.
An exclusive recording artist for Avex Classics International, Nobu’s latest album is Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also recorded Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini under Vasily Petrenko with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 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.
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.
Nobu’s international tours are supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and he gratefully acknowledges their assistance.