Blind from birth, 23-year-old pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii’s handicap, if a drawback at all, never affected his ability to play the piano. Filmmaker Peter Rosen has followed the expanding career of Tsujii since the Japanese pianist’s gold-medal triumph in the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Rosen recorded audiences responding to this extraordinary artist across the US and on to the concert halls of Tokyo and the tsunami-devastated coastline of Tohoku. Set against the backdrop of the music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, and other inspiring piano masterpieces, this film will be an inspiration to all people who face disabilities, hurdles, or obstacles in life.
Touching the Sound was directed by Peter Rosen and is 70 minutes long.