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Blind Pianist Wins Prestigious Cliburn Award

October 9, 2009

Here is a Friday musical treat for the ninja network.

“Miracle is the only word to describe him. This is truly the act of God.”

These are the words Van Cliburn used to describe Nobuyuki Tsujii, a Japanese pianist who was born blind but with the gift for music. Tsujii-san began playing Jingle Bells on a toy piano his mother gave him at the age of two and began his formal study at the age of 4. By 10 years old, he played with the Century Orchestra Osaka and internationally as well.

The 21 year old Tsujii was recently honored this year as a 2009 gold medalist in the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Check out the video below to watch this truly gifted savant play La Campanella at Cliburn.