Minoru Nojima Cause Of Death, Obituary Unavailable Yet – Minoru Nojima, a famous Japanese pianist and teacher has died; his death was announced on the website of the Tokyo College of Music, where he was still the director.
According to patreon.com, Following his studies in Japan, Nojima studied under Lev Oborin in Moscow and subsequently with Constance Keene and Abram Chasins in New York. He recorded an album for EMI in Japan after winning the second prize at the Van Cliburn in 1969, but he rarely made records; his two single LP/CD releases for the audiophile Reference Recordings label in the 1980s drew international attention (that’s when and how I first heard him), but he focused his attention on a modest performing career and education.
Here’s that debut CD, with Brahms’ Paganini Variations on side A and Liszt’s masterpieces on side B. With brilliant fingerwork, seamless phrasing, superb balance of primary and inner voices, iron-clad rhythmic pulse, and perfected dynamic control, the pianist’s first studio account reveals his marriage of flawless technical command and creative purity.