Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii—affectionately referred to as Nobu by his friends and fans—captured the hearts of music lovers the world over with his gold medal-winning performances at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. Acclaimed for his inspiring performances, Nobu is also noted for what the Chicago Tribune praised as “fearless technical assurance, accuracy, and musicality…suppleness of line and lyrical grace.” Blind since birth, Nobu believes that “there are no barriers in the field of music.” In 2011–2012, season highlights include his solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall and his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy. Other appearances will take him across the United States and Japan, as well as to Antalya, Istanbul, Basel, Munich, and Berlin. Since 2009, he has made over 100 appearances in North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, appearing in recital at the Kennedy Center, Jordan Hall, the Mondavi Center, and the UCLA Performing Arts Center, among others. His appearances with orchestras have included those with the BBC Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, National Philharmonic of Russia, as well as symphony orchestras of Edmonton, Mississippi, Santa Fe, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Hudson Valley; and every major orchestra in Japan. Harmonia mundi USA released a CD of his Cliburn Competition performances, and a second all-Chopin recording of his competition performances was released in July 2010. These two CDs join his six bestselling records on the Avex label, including a recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, with the BBC Philharmonic and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. His complete Cliburn Competition performances are available at cliburn.tv.
Program Information Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 p.m. Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage NOBUYUKI TSUJII Gold Medalist, Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano CompetitionNew York Recital DebutJOHN MUSTO Improvisation and FugueLUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 17 in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2, "The Tempest"FRANZ LISZT "Un sospiro" from Trois études de concert, No. 3FRANZ LISZT Rigoletto, Concert Paraphrase for PianoMODEST MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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