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Renowned blind Japanese pianist to play in Taiwan

TAIPEI--A renowned blind pianist from Japan will stage solo concerts in Taipei and Kaohsiung June 15 and 19 as part of a world tour, the concert organizer said yesterday.

Nobuyuki Tsujii, who was born without sight, first played “Jingle Bells” on a toy piano after hearing his mother hum the tune when he was aged just 2. He began receiving formal training at 4 and won the All Japan Music of Blind Students when he was 7.

The 23 year old, who first visited Taiwan in 2000, made his debut with an orchestra in Osaka aged 10. When he was 12, he had his first piano recital at Tokyo's Suntory Hall and performed at Carnegie Hall in New York in that same year. He also received the Critics' Award at the International Frederik Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland at the age of just 16.

“He was absolutely miraculous. His performance had the power of a healing service. It was truly divine,” said Van Cliburn, a world recognized American pianist.

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