Japanese pianist performs with Russian orchestra

Japanese pianist performs with Russian orchestra

Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii has performed with a Russian orchestra in a concert that's part of the cultural exchanges between the 2 countries.

Tsujii performed Beethoven's 5th piano concerto "Emperor." World famous conductor Valery Gergiev led the orchestra at the concert in Russia's Far Eastern city of Vladivostok on Wednesday.

The dazzling performance drew applause from the audience of more than 1,300 people.

A Russian man says he was moved by the performance. He said holding such a concert helps promote mutual understanding.

Tsujii said he played the music in an attempt to relay his wish for bilateral relations to be further developed.

He added he is happy that his performance has been received well.

Japan and Russia agreed to expand cultural exchanges when their leaders met in December of last year. Various events to introduce Japan have been held in many places in Russia this year. Japan's Foreign Ministry is supporting such events.