Blind since birth, Nobuyuki Tsujii has had a natural inclination for music from a young age. Tsujii began his formal piano instruction at age four, won his first prize at age six, and made his first orchestra debut at age 10. Now age 27, Tsujii has spent the past 17 years performing regularly with orchestras and giving solo recitals around the world from Tokyo to Poland to the United States.
Tsujii is an inspiration to musicians worldwide. His music is known for its depth, color, and contrast. He conveys emotion through his playing that offers hope to people facing tough times. People have even gone so far as to say that his music provides healing powers to those in need. Hope, redemption, and overcoming hardship are frequent themes in his original compositions. Transcending cultural obstacles, Tsujii has never let his visual impairment compromise his musical pursuits.
Among other impressive accomplishments, Tsujii was the joint Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. At Van Cliburn, he also received the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for the best performance of a new work. Additionally, Tsujii was the recipient of the Critics' Award at the 15th International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition in 2005.
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