Nobuyuki « Nobu » Tsujii: a pianist in love with Paris
Nobu, the young Japanese blind piano virtuoso, will be live on medici.tv on Thursday, April 17th. He tells us about his passion for Paris, good food and wine, and the way he prepares for his piano recital.
medici.tv: How do you feel about this first recital in Paris?
Nobu: I first visited Paris with my family when I was 11 years old. I enjoyed the mood of the city very much and I composed a short pieces inspired by various sound I heard cruising on la Seine.
I’ve visited the city several times since then. In March 2012, I took part in benefit concert organized at UNESCO, to help the earthquake and tsunami victims. It was such a serious disaster and I wanted to express my gratitude to precious supports from French people. I’m excited and looking very much forward to giving my first recital in Paris, and in France!
How do you plan to make the most of you stay in Paris?
Nobu: First of all, practice and prepare for the concert.
Then I would like to enjoy foods and wines. Wish if I could have extra time to visit historical place, and if I could meet some of my friends studying and living in Paris.
How do you feel about the live broadcast?
Nobu: I have been used to live broadcast since I took part in Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. It is very nice that my friends and families enjoy it from Japan.Sometimes I enjoy it myself if it is archived.
How did you choose the repertoire for this concert?
Nobu: I picked up the program from my 2013/14 season recital program. It is Chopin and Liszt program, both composers have strong connection with Paris.
La Campanella is technically demanding, but I like its brilliant sound. And Gounod’s Valse is a transcription of French opera. I hope the audience like it.
How would you describe the Nocturne in C sharp minor to someone that has never heard it?
Nobu: It’s a romantic and beautiful piece. I think it is one of the most beloved pieces of Chopin all over the world. It is also my grandfather’s favorite piece.
How do you relax after a show, or when you return home from touring?
Nobu: I like to go into the nature and listen to sounds from leaves and rivers, and bird songs. I also like spending a few hours in swimming pool, it is refreshing and also good for your health.
Nocturne in C sharp minor, Op. posth. and Andante Spianato and Grande polonaise brillante in E-flat major, Op. 22, Chopin
Excerpts from the Years of Pilgrimage, Liszt
La Campanella, Paganini/Liszt
The Death of Isolde from Tristan and Isolde S 447, Wagner/Liszt
Waltz from Faust, Gounod/Liszt
Concert broadcast live on medici.tv. Click here and read more.
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