Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii

Touching the Sound: The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii

Sun, 01/30/2022 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Nobuyuki Tsujii

Credit: APT

This film traces the artistic development of this remarkable young musician, from an early ability to play piano by ear, to his gold medal triumph in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to his debut at Carnegie Hall.

Documenting the extraordinary journey of Nobuyuki (Nobu) Tsujii, Touching the Sound airs Sunday, January 30, at 1 p.m. on WXXI-TV. In June 2009 at the age of 19, when Nobu rose from the piano, having completed his final Gold Medal-winning performance at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, audience members leapt to their feet and jurors were moved to tears by his passionate interpretations. The poignant performances by the young pianist from Japan, and the resulting audience impact, has taken on a momentum that Time Magazine coined “Nobu Fever.” 

This film is presented as part of Dialogue on Disability, a partnership between WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies designed to promote inclusion. 

Dialogue on Disability, an initiative founded by WXXI and Al Sigl Community of Agencies in 2003, celebrates people with differing abilities and promotes a more inclusive community. Presenting a week’s worth of TV and radio specials, news reports, and interviews on WXXI’s daily talk show, Connections with Evan Dawson, the initiative is designed to encourage community discussion about the perspectives and abilities of people with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Dialogue on Disability runs January 24-30.

 

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