Hi, I am brand new to this forum.
I have read carefully your posts about the Van Cliburn 2009 and in particular about Nobu Tsujii.
I have read so many things, most of them absolutly amazing but a lot of them incredibly wrong.
1 - I would like to start with the suspect that Nobu could be "autistic". Well, since I am a doctor and a amateur pianist, I find this hypothesis incredibly wrong. I even read the critics in which there is the so sure approach to the handicapped pianist ! Well, an autistic is amimic, unable to feel emotions and above all to joke ! So enjoy the video in here (2008) so you could understand how far is the truth about Nobu.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEE50V8O9DQ&feature=player_profilepage
2 - About the technique and the way he learndt to play piano. Who said he plays by ear ? This is a incredible lie ! He learndt to play piano according with the Brail method. So another big lie.
3 - I read about his problems to the incipit of a piano concerto or something like this in ensamble. Well, listening to how he playes in quintet at van Cliburn the Schumann E-flat Major Op 44 I could say exaclty the opposite !!!
When I listen to him for the very first time I didnt know he was blind and I said: "GOSH !!!! HE IS SUPERB ! Who is ?"
He is a 20 yold guy that got already the tech skill and interpretation more than older competitors attendin the Cliburn.
So put apart the enviness because he stay there not because is blind !!!
A last thing: I never listen a "Campanella" played as Nobu did !!!!! Just listen over and over to that interpretation !!! Over and over.
Thanks so much for reading me.