Nobuyuki Tsujii, Piano
The 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition winner returns to Carnegie Hall for a program that showcases his “singing tone and eloquent phrasing” (London's Evening Standard). Nobuyuki Tsujii's “sensitive ear [and] light touch” (Financial Times) are ideally suited to the delicate timbres and subtle colors that make the music of three French masters so beautiful, while his virtuosity intensifies the drama of Chopin’s passionate scherzos.
Nobuyuki Tsujii, Piano
SATIE Trois Gymnopédies
DEBUSSY Images, Book I
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 1
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 2
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 3
CHOPIN Scherzo No. 4
DEBUSSY "Clair de lune" from Suite bergamasque
NIKOLAI KAPUSTIN Prelude: Allegro assai from Eight Concert Etudes, Op. 40, No. 1
FOSTER "Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair" (arr. Nobuyuki Tsujii)
CHOPIN Etude in C Minor, Op. 10, No. 12, "Revolutionary"
Event DurationThe printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.
Described as the “definition of virtuosity” (The Observer), Japanese pianist Nobuyuki “Nobu” Tsujii won the joint gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Blind since birth, he has gone on to earn an international reputation for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances.
Mr. Tsujii has appeared worldwide in concerts with leading orchestras that include the Mariinsky Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Filarmonica della Scala, and Sinfonieorchester Basel. He has performed under the baton of Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Spivakov, Juanjo Mena, and Vasily Petrenko, among others.
As a recitalist, Mr. Tsujii has performed in major cities across North America, and he regularly appears at prestigious European venues that include Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and Vienna’s Musikverein. Highlights of the 2017–2018 season included concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Mr. Petrenko; performances at Moscow’s White Nights Festival with Mr. Gergiev; and concerts at Vienna’s Musikverein with the Tonkünstler Orchestra and Yutaka Sado.
This season, Mr. Tsujii returned to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra under Mr. Ashkenazy and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Mr. Gergiev. He also toured Asia and the East Coast of the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. In London, Mr. Tsujii made his debut in the Southbank Centre’s International Piano Series. Additional engagements this season included appearances at the International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival, as well as a number of recitals at Berlin’s Philharmonie and Stuttgart’s Liederhalle, among others.
An exclusive recording artist for Avex Classics International, Mr. Tsujii’s albums include Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mr. Sado and the BBC Philharmonic; Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra; and recital recordings of works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and Liszt. Last season, Mr. Tsujii recorded Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini under Mr. Petrenko with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. A live DVD recording of Mr. Tsujii’s 2011 Carnegie Hall recital debut was named DVD of the Month by Gramophone, as was the documentary Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii.
Mr. Tsujii’s international tours are supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA).