[nfb-talk] FW: Blind pianist wins 2009 Van Cliburn competition
lauraeaves at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 2 18:00:30 UTC 2010
I like the part about doing other things to better appreciate and enjoy the
music. I think this can be true of any area of expertise.
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From: "Powers, Terry (NIH/OD/DEAS) [E]" <Terry.Powers at nih.gov>
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Subject: [nfb-talk] FW: Blind pianist wins 2009 Van Cliburn competition
From: Carlos Caban [mailto:cecaban at comcast.net]
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2010 12:59 PM
To: Powers, Terry (NIH/OD/DEAS) [E]
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Subject: Blind pianist wins 2009 Van Cliburn competition
Last night I watched a special on WETA about the 2009 piano competition
named for Van Cliburn.... the most famous competition.
One of the two winners was a young blind pianist from Japan named NOBUYUKI
TSUJII. It was a great special!
Here is the website for his biography with the text below.
NANCY LEE AND PERRY R. BASS GOLD MEDALIST AND AND WINNER OF THE BEVERLEY
TAYLOR SMITH AWARD FOR THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF A NEW WORK THIRTEENTH VAN
CLIBURN INTERNATIONAL PIANO COMPETITION
When Gold Medalist Nobuyuki Tsujii (pronounced No-boo-you-key Soo-gee) rose
from the piano having completed his final performance at the Thirteenth Van
Cliburn International Piano Competition, audience members leapt to their
feet, and jurors were moved to tears by his passionate interpretation of
Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11. The extraordinary and
poignant performance by the young pianist from Japan and resulting audience
fervor has taken on a momentum that Time Magazine coined "Nobu Fever."
Mr. Tsujii is in high demand by presenters and orchestras worldwide and has
catapulted to rock star status in Japan. In the 2009-2010 season alone, he
performed over 50 engagements throughout Asia, in addition to appearances at
the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., Aspen Music
Festival and Academy in Colorado, Klavier-Festival Ruhr in Germany, and in
recitals across the United States.
In the summer of 2010, Mr. Tsujii made an acclaimed debut at the Ravinia
Festival, which the Chicago Tribune praised for "fearless technical
assurance, accuracy and musicality...the rounded tone, suppleness of line
and lyrical grace he brought." He followed this with an appearance at a gala
event featuring all three medalists of the Thirteenth Van Cliburn
International Piano Competition in concert with the National Orchestra of
the Dominican Republic in Santo Domingo and a residency at the Tuscan Sun
Festival in Cortona, Italy.
Highlights of Mr. Tsujii's 2010-2011 season include appearances at the
Mondavi Center and UCLA Performing Arts Center with the Takács Quartet and a
tour of Japan with the BBC Philharmonic under the baton of Vladimir
Spivakov. He will perform solo recitals in all regions of the United States
during October and March, as well as in concert with the Edmonton, Hudson
Valley, and Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestras. A European tour in the
winter will take him to Belgrade, Berlin, Basel, Manchester, and Moscow.
In addition to his gold medal, Mr. Tsujii won the Beverley Taylor Smith
Award for the Best Performance of a New Work for his interpretation of John
Musto's Improvisation & Fugue, which he performs again as part of the
Cliburn at the Modern series in Fort Worth in October 2010. His ability to
learn and perform challenging scores was referenced by Scott Cantrell in his
review for The Dallas Morning News: "It's almost beyond imagining that he
has learned scores as formidable as Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto and
Beethoven's Hammerklavier Sonata by ear...Through all three rounds, he
played with unfailing assurance, and his unforced, utterly natural Chopin
E-Minor Piano Concerto was an oasis of loveliness."
A documentary on his extraordinary achievement as the first-ever Gold
Medalist from Japan in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition was
broadcast on NHK television throughout Japan. Peter Rosen's documentary of
the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, A Surprise in
Texas, features Mr. Tsujii prominently and was released to critical acclaim.
The success of his debut recording, debut, on the Avex label led to a second
recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with Deutsches Symphonie
Orchester Berlin. A third all-Chopin recording is soon to be released. The
live recording of his appearance at the Cliburn Competition was released by
harmonia mundi and named "Critic's Choice" by Japan's foremost recording
magazine Record Geijutsu. His complete competition performances are
available at Cliburn.tv.
Blind since birth, Nobuyuki, who is referred to as "Nobu," believes that
"there are no barriers in the field of music." His philosophy was first
affirmed at the age of 7 when he was named first-prize winner at the All
Japan Blind Students Music Competition. At the age of 12, he made noted
recital debuts at Tokyo's Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital
Hall. Since then, he has appeared throughout the United States, Europe,
Asia, and the Middle East and played with most of Japan's leading
orchestras, as well as the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Slovak
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, and the Santa Fe
Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. In 2005, at the age of 16, he was presented the
Critic's Award at the Fifteenth International Frédéric Chopin Piano
Competition in Poland.
Nobuyuki Tsujii is currently a participant in the performer's program at
Ueno Gakuen University and has studied with Masahiro Kawakami, Yukio
Yokoyama, and Kyoko Tabe.
Mr. Tsujii enjoys swimming, skiing, hiking, and communing with nature. When
he met with 275 piano students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area following the
competition, he advised them to "Please practice your best, but also please
remember that you have to take the time to experience life to give your
music meaning. I do things like mountain climbing, swimming, skiing, walking
by the river. Whatever you like to do, this will help you enjoy your music
For additional information, please contact: Alann B. Sampson Chairman and
Executive Director pro tem Van Cliburn Foundation
2525 Ridgmar Boulevard, Suite 307 Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817.738.6536 (T)
817.738-6534 (F) alanns at cliburn.org<mailto:alanns at cliburn.org>
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