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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

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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.

September 2014.  Use of any previously dated biographies is not authorised. Please contact IMG Artists if you wish to edit this biography in any way.

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"There are moments when this young man could easily take his place alongside legendary Lisztians...such is the nobility and breadth of his conception. I always rejoice in the surge and passion of this music, but I can't remember being as moved as I was here... Tsujii is as grand and glittering as one could wish for..."

MusicWeb International

"What makes this all the remarkable is that Tsujii… whose blazing ability… and quixotic phrasing is sometimes reminiscent of Glenn Gould, has a remarkable ability to appear in a world of his own, while remaining on the same wavelength as the orchestra."

The Guardian

"In his native Japan, the 24-year-old is mobbed wherever he goes, and expect rapturous receptions over here, too, after his performance at this summer’s Proms, when he was given a standing ovation. Critics have described his talent as ‘God given’… His mesmerising performances have been said to have ‘healing’ and ‘spiritual’ qualities."

Daily Mail

"Pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii [made] something rich and luminous out of Rach Two [Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto]"

The Independent

"Marine romanticism [of David Matthews’ ‘A Vision of the Sea’] was followed by the unparalleled excitement of hearing the 24-year-old Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. It was one of those rare performances where player and music seem one – a definition of virtuosity…it was hard not to think that being unable to see had allowed Tsujii to ‘see’ the music with unmediated intensity."

The Observer

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