Carnegie Hall pianist weeps uncontrollably as he plays

Carnegie Hall pianist weeps uncontrollably as he plays


norman lebrecht

May 28, 2021

Hot tears drop onto the keys as the blind Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsuji plays his own “Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan”.


  • M. L. Liu says:

    This was from the Carnegie debut recital of Nobu in 2011 It has had tens of millions of views. Glad you found it and thanks much for the mention.

  • Jean Collen says:

    A beautiful and poignant piece of music to commemorate a sad occasion. Who knows what sad memories it evoked for the blind pianist, Nobuyuki Tsuji.

  • M. L. Liu says:

    Thank you for bringing attention to this video of Nobuyuki Tsujii from his Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2011 (I was there). It has had 35 million views. Nobu returned to the Carnegie in May 2019 as a last-minute substitute for Murray Perahia, and was so well received that he was promptly invited back for another recital last year (2020). Sadly, COVID intervened. But Nobu is already on schedule to perform at the Carnegie with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in April 2022.

  • Off Meds? says:

    A bit much. Theatrics, not really believable.

  • fflambeau says:

    1. Who knows what memories this brought back of lost ones, or people he knew?

    2. Could it also be that we as a people are more used to wearing our emotions on our sleeves than past generations? I think of the great Rudolf Serkin who never showed much emotion at all in anything he played but oh, could he play!

  • Ben G. says:

    This artist is an unbelievable force and gift of nature. He never, never, misses a note in any of his performances.

    Those black and white keys that we see, are the same color to him. Maybe there’s a lesson to be learned in that analogy?

  • from the heart says:

    beautiful playing, straight from the heart, just like Ivry would have said.

    And Casals…”don’t play notes, play music”