Nobuyuki Tsujii

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The announcement of twenty-year-old Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii as winner of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition marked a historic milestone for both this extraordinary artist and the competition. His spellbinding performances at the 2009 Cliburn Competition brought Nobuyuki Tsujii, already known in his home country for refined and effortless playing, to the attention of hundreds  of thousands of new fans throughout the world, while raising his status in Japan to superstar.
Blind since birth, ‘Nobu’ began receiving awards at age seven, when he was named first-prize winner at the All-Japan Blind Students Music Competition. At the age of twelve, he made noted recital debuts at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. In 2005, at the age of sixteen, he was presented with the Critics’ Award at the Fifteenth Chopin Competition in Poland. Performance credits include appearances with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed in the Czech Republic, Russia, and Taiwan. An acclaimed debut album released by Avex Classics in 2007 led to a fifteen-city tour of Japan and a second CD featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto no.2, which was released in 2008.
Immediately following his triumph at the 2009 Cliburn Competition, Nobuyuki Tsujii made his recital debut in Germany at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr and returned to the United States for an Aspen Festival debut. His upcoming engagements include performances with the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra as well as recitals in Berlin, Houston, Indianapolis, Washington, D.C., and in California as part of Carnegie Hall’s Japan New York City Festival on tour at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.
Born in Tokyo, Nobuyuki Tsujii currently participates in the performer’s program at the Ueno Gakuen University and has studied with Masahiro Kawakami, Yukio Yokoyama, and Kyoko Tabe.