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Orpheus & Nobuyuki Tsujii works by Chopin & Tchaikovsky

Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall | New York, NY

APR 29 2022 | 8:00PM

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Concert Duration: 90 minutes

  • Chopin (arr. Shuying Li)

    Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
    Nobuyuki Tsujii, piano

  • Tchaikovsky

    Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48

Tsujii22 Richard Termine

A night like this shows Orpheus’ brand of friendship at its best, featuring a return appearance by Nobuyuki Tsujii (bringing his sensitive touch to Chopin in another custom arrangement by Shuying Li) and a reprise of a fan-favorite, Tchaikovsky’s heartwarming Serenade. Nothing brings out the heightened emotions of these Romantic gems like the intimacy of the Orpheus Process.

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It was one of those rare performances where player and music seem one – a definition of virtuosityThe Observer

About the artists

Nobuyuki Tsujii
Piano

Described by The Observer as the ​“definition of virtuosity” Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii (Nobu), who has been blind from birth, won the joint Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009 and has gone on to earn an international reputation for the passion and excitement he brings to his live performances.

In the 2020/21 season, Nobu returns to Seattle Symphony Orchestra under Gemma New and to Royal Liverpool Philarmonic Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko. After a successful debut with Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra last season, Nobu embarks on a tour to Japan in Spring 2021 with the Orchestra, under their Chief Conductor Klaus Mäkelä. He also performs recitals in St Polten, Austria and Hulencourt in Belgium.

Last season, Nobu worked successfully with Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg under Kent Nagano and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover under Andrew Manze. His concerts and recitals at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Théâtre des Champs Elysées were critically acclaimed.

An exclusive recording artist for Avex Classics International, Nobu’s latest album is Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. He also recorded Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Paganini under Vasily Petrenko with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 with Yutaka Sado and the BBC Philharmonic, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and recital discs of Chopin, Mozart, Debussy and Liszt.

A live DVD recording of Nobu’s 2011 Carnegie Hall recital was named DVD of the Month by Gramophone, as was his latest DVD release, ​‘Touching the Sound — The Improbable Journey of Nobuyuki Tsujii’, a documentary film by Peter Rosen.

Nobu’s international tours are supported by All Nippon Airways (ANA) and he gratefully acknowledges their assistance.

Shuying Li

Shuying Li
Arranger

Praised by the Seattle Times as “a real talent here waiting to emerge” with “skillful orchestral writing, very colorful language and huge waves of sound,” Shuying Li is an award-winning composer who began her musical education in her native China. In her sophomore year at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, she won a scholarship to continue her undergraduate studies at The Hartt School in Connecticut. She holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan and is a research faculty member at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She will join the faculty at Gonzaga University as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory in the fall of 2020.

In 2017, Shuying made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra for the premiere of the commissioned work Out Came the Sun. The following season, Orpheus commissioned an arrangement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 for a collaboration with Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii that was performed more than 20 times in America and Asia. In addition, Shuying was one of the three resident composers in the Composer Librettist Development Program with the American Lyric Theater during the 2017–2018 season.

In 2015, Shuying’s orchestral work, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night was named a winning work to participate in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, where it was performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra under the baton of JoAnn Falletta. In 2013, Shuying’s orchestral work Overture to “The Siege” was selected as the winning composition in both IAWM’s Libby Larsen Prize and the Seattle Symphony’s Celebrate Asia Composition Competition, and it was given a world premiere by the Seattle Symphony. In 2014, Shuying’s work for band Slippery Slope won the distinguished ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prize.

Other recognition Shuying has received include awards from The American Prize, the International Antonin Dvorak Composition Competition, the New Jersey Composers’ Guild Commission Competition, the International Huang Zi Composition Competition, the Michigan Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Competition, the NAfME Composition Competition, the Melta International Composition Competition, the Florence String Quartet Call for Scores, the Foundation for Modern Music’s International Robert Avalon Composition Competition, the MacDowell Club of Milwaukee Young Composer Competition, and the International J. Dorfman Composition Competition, among others. She was also composer-in-residence for the Romania ICon Arts Festival during the summer of 2014.

A believer that music has the innate power to promote cultural diversity by connecting people through universally human passions and values, Shuying founded the Four Corners Ensemble in 2017. As Artistic Director and Conductor of the ensemble, Shuying’s efforts have led to residencies and performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall, the Polish Consulate General in New York City, OPERA America, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the University of Michigan, The Hartt School, and the Hartford Opera Theater. Shuying also pioneered both the Operation Opera Festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the Jimo Ancient City Classical Music Festival in Qingdao, China.

Shuying’s compositions have been performed by orchestras and ensembles around the globe, including Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, Wellesley Conference Chamber Orchestra, Orkest de ereprijs (Netherlands), Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra (Finland), ICon Arts Ensemble (Romania), Cecilia Quartet (Canada), Opera from Scratch (Canada), Donald Sinta Quartet, 15.19. Ensemble (Italy), Ascanio Quartet (Italy), Atlas Ensemble (Netherlands), University of Cincinnati Wind Orchestra, Hartt Wind Ensemble, and others.

Shuying’s composition teachers have included Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Ye Guohui, Robert Carl, and Larry Alan Smith. She studied conducting with Glen Adsit and Edward Cumming and studied piano with Matthew Bengtson and Paul Rutman. Additionally, Shuying has worked with Victoria Bond, Paul Chihara, Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, and Steven Mackey.

Upcoming projects include performances by Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra (China), Moscow Contemporary Ensemble (Russia), Alarm Will Sound, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Aspen Contemporary Ensemble; an opera commissioned by the Shanghai Conservatory of Music with librettist Julian Crouch; and a band consortium commission by 20 universities including The Hartt School, New England Conservatory, University of Michigan, Cornell University, and University of Illinois, and others.

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