Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
An extraordinary artist whose talent transcends the senses and stirs the heart and soul.
Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii (Nobu) is the ‘definition of virtuosity’ (The Observer). Blind from birth, Nobu has transformed a story of darkness into a story of determination and inspiration. He is internationally celebrated as a shining light who exemplifies time and time again that music is not only a universal language, but a multi-sensory experience that possesses the power to enliven hearts, minds, and souls.’
Since winning the joint Gold Medal at the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Nobu’s career has soared. This year’s performance season commenced with a sold-out appearance at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms and includes a welcome return to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Tsinandali Festival.
In B:Music’s recent audio-described short documentary film, Nobu’s story is brought to life through interviews, videos from the family archive, rehearsal, and concert footage. The film offers heartfelt insight into how Nobu learns music, his perception of performance venues, and how he feels when he’s performing. ‘If you truly want to achieve something, you can achieve it despite having disabilities, I believe that from the bottom of my heart’ shares Nobu’s mother, Itsuko.
For his Melbourne debut, Nobu crafts a special kind of magic through the piano keys, enriched by his innate sense and interpretation of grand piano music from the Romantic era. Featuring works by Bach, Liszt, Ravel, and more, this is a program reflective of a musical era that gave rise to works of emotional intensity and passions of the human experience, told through lush harmonies, evocative melodies, and dramatic compositions.
Feel the magic, hear the brilliance, and witness the mastery of Nobuyuki Tsujii in recital – a poignant reminder of the universal power of music and the human spirit.
Following this extraordinary performance, Nobuyuki Tsujii joins Melbourne Recital Centre’s Director of Programming, Marshall McGuire, in the ground floor foyer for a 20-minute discussion about his artistry, career and more. Take a seat and enjoy this perfect conclusion to your musical experience.
Praise for Nobuyuki Tsujii
‘A combination of phenomenal technique and commitment.’ – BACHTRACK
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Artist & Program
Nobuyuki Tsujii piano
Johann Sebastian Bach
French Suite No.5 in G major, BWV 816
I. Un poco più mosso
Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto, S.434
Mephisto Waltz No.1 ‘Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke’
Menuet sur le nom d’Haydn, M.58
Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a dead Princess), M.19
Jeux d’eau, M.30
Eight Concert Etudes, Op.40
See a truly inspiring performance.
Hear the unique way Nobuyuki Tsujii interprets grand piano music from the Romantic era.
Think about the transformative way music transcends boundaries, senses and abilities.
Feel inspired, astonished, and touched.
This production is part of the following series:
Wednesday 30 October 2024 7.30pm
Duration: 1 hour 50 mins (incl. interval) Please note, running times are approximate and subject to change.
A reserve $102 ($87 Concession)
B reserve $87 ($67 Concession)
C reserve $67
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