Nobuyuki Tsujii, the blind Japanese pianist who tied for the gold medal at the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, came to The Greene Space on Tuesday, Jan. 14 for an evening of music and conversation. He performs works by Chopin and Liszt as well as his own compositions. WQXR's Elliott Forrest hosted the event, which was sold out but was webcast live on this page (watch the archive below).
Blind from birth, Tsujii has had a string of career successes since his 2009 Cliburn victory. Last year he gave a well-received BBC Proms debut playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 2 with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his New York recital debut in Carnegie Hall in 2011. The pianist returns to Carnegie for a performance of the Beethoven “Emperor” concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on January 25.
Tsujii has attracted a strong following from the visually-impaired community as well as from audiences in his native Japan.