- Tomoki Sakata piano
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. Since just 19 years old, he has been building a reputation for a ‘youthful overabundance of talent’ that creates ‘its own visceral excitement’ (Theater Jones). In 2016, Mr. Sakata won the 1st Prize along with 6 special prizes at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest by a unanimous vote, he also received the 1st prize of the Kissinger KlavierOlymp in 2019.
Tomoki Sakata has made recital, chamber and concerto appearances in major concert halls throughout Europe, Asia, the U.S.A and Africa. As soloist he already played with wellknown orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin, Alexander Lazarev, Vladimír Válek, Howard Griffiths, Stanislav Kochanovsky, Gergely Kesselyák, Balázs Kocsár, Randall Craig Fleisher and Hikotaro Yazaki. He has appeared in numerous international music festivals, including Verbier Festival, International Music Festival ’Janáčkův máj’ (Czech Republic), Brussels Piano Festival, and the 12th International Festival ’Musical Kremlin’(Russia) at the invitation of Nikolai Petrov.
As a chamber musician, he worked with the members of Tokyo Quartet, and Brentano Quartet. His performances were broadcasted on the Radio and TV in Germany (MDR Kultur), Switzerland (Radio Suisse Romande and Radio Svizzera Italiana), Russia (KulturaTV), Czech Republic, Hungary, the U.S.A., Japan and many others.
Born in Nagoya, Japan in 1993, Mr. Sakata began piano lessons at the age of 5 and began improvising and composing at age 6. He has received private lessons by Paul Badura-Skoda since the age of 16. In 2011, he was admitted as a youngest student of The Lake Como International Piano Academy, where he has taken masterclasses with the music prominent including Dimitri Bashkirov and Tamás Vásáry.
He is currently studying with Arie Vardi at Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover in Germany, having studied at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and its affliated music high school.