Described by The Observer as the “definition of virtuosity,” Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii (Nobu), who has been blind from birth, won the joint Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009 and has gone on to earn an international reputation for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances.
Nobu has appeared in concert with leading orchestras worldwide including the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and Japan Philharmonic orchestras, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, and the Sinfonieorchester Basel under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vladimir Spivakov, Juanjo Mena, and Vasily Petrenko. Nobu’s past appearances as a recitalist have seen him perform at prestigious venues across the world such as Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Wigmore Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London, the Berlin Philharmonie, and Vienna’s Musikverein.
Nobu’s 2022–23 season sees him perform recital programs at Carnegie Hall, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Birmingham Town Hall, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Nobu also features as a concerto soloist with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Domingo Hindoyan, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko, Seattle Symphony under Jiří Rozen, the Sarasota Orchestra, and the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, in addition to numerous solo and concerto appearances across his native Japan.
Nobu’s growing catalogue of recordings encompasses the breadth of the piano concerto repertoire including Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2, Grieg’s Piano Concerto, and Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5. Nobu has also recorded several recital programs of Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, and Liszt.
Nobu’s international tours are supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA).