(Nobuyuki Tsujii/Yuji Hori photo)
Blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii won his first piano competition in 1995 at age 7. Fourteen years later, he shared the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. As you might expect, his career has rocketed since then, taking him to Carnegie Hall and on stages with the Tokyo Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, and, on Tuesday night, Seattle Symphony, where he was brought back for three encores. (Review here.) If you missed that performance (it sold out early) you might catch him two more times this week:
–He’ll perform Debussy’s “Pagodes” at 6 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 24) at Seattle’s Central Library, kicking off a program previewing Seattle Symphony’s upcoming performances of Messiaen’s “Turangalila.” Paul Schiavo, program annotator for the orchestra, will discuss Messiaen’s life and his famous, colorful “love song.” The event is free.
–He’ll perform again as part of the SSO’s annual “Celebrate Asia” program, at 4 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 27) at Benaroya Hall. Ticket info here.