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Tomoki Sakata

2013 finalist

Age as of Competition: 19

“He is a 19-year-old who plays beyond his years. He played impeccably, with a pristine touch and elegant phrasing.” –Cincinnati Enquirer

Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity” (Dallas Morning News) during the 2013 Cliburn Competition earning him a place among the top six finalists. The youngest competitor, he received attention for his “youthful overabundance of talent” that created “its own visceral excitement” (Theater Jones). In the 2014–15 season, Mr. Sakata will embark on tours in the United States, Europe, and Japan.  He has previously appeared in concert in Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama, as well as in Geneva, Lugano, Paris, Prague, Utrecht, and Moscow for the twelfth International Festival “Musical Kremlin” at the invitation of Nikolai Petrov. He has also performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Hamamatsu Symphony, Lublin Philharmonic, and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestras.


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Tomoki Sakata on Tour

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