ITHACA, NY — Ithaca College’s annual Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series will bring Nobuyuki Tsujii (pronounced No-boo-you-key Soo-gee) to campus for a free concert on Tuesday, April 12. Beginning at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music, the program will offer Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” and sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven.
Praised by the “Chicago Tribune” for his “fearless technical assurance” and “suppleness of line and lyrical grace,” Tsujii is in high demand by presenters and orchestras worldwide. Since winning both the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the Best Performance of a New Work at the Thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, Tsujii has performed throughout Asia and his native Japan. He has also performed in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Aspen Music Festival and Academy in Colorado. His most recent European tour took him to Lugano, Locarno, Manchester, Belgrade, Berlin, Basel and Moscow.
Blind since birth, Tsujii won first prize at the All Japan Blind Students Music Competition at age 7. Five years later, he made noted recital debuts at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Since then, he has appeared throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East and played with most of Japan’s leading orchestras, as well as the Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus.
Established in 1991 in honor of a talented pianist and longtime Ithaca College supporter, the Rachel S. Thaler Concert Pianist Series has brought to the college such world-class virtuosos as Awadagin Pratt, Yefim Bronfman, Gilbert Kalish and Garrick Ohlsson. For more information about Ithaca College School of Music concerts, visit https://www.ithaca.edu/concerts or call (607) 274-3717.
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