Blind Japanese pianist eager to shine bright in Vietnam

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Acclaimed blind pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will perform in Ho Chi Minh City on June 21

Visually impaired Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii will give a solo performance in Vietnam's southern metro on Friday, June 21 after making his debut in Hanoi on June 19.

The 25-year old pianist and composer will take the stage at the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory of Music, 112 Nguyen Du Street, District 1, at 8 p.m.

"I have never been to Vietnam, or indeed, to any nation in Southeast Asia. So this is a very interesting opportunity for me," he said in an exclusive interview with the Vietnam Television magazine.

He will play the repertoire he has performed more than 40 times around the world since last autumn. "So, I'm confident and excited to play for Vietnamese audiences," he said.

Tsujii, born in Tokyo in 1988 to a physician and a television presenter, has a developmental disorder of the eyes.

He started piano lessons at the age of two and, five years later, won first prize at the All Japan Music Competition for Blind Students organized by the Tokyo Helen Keller Association.

Tsujii became the first Japanese pianist, and the first blind artist worldwide, to win first prize at the 13th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition held in Texas, United States in 2009.

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