Concert Schedule

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Newsletter

Tomoki Sakata - In Concert

September 14, 2014
Concert will be held at 3:00p.m.
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church 1800 N. Llano (Hwy. 16 North) Fredericksburg, Texas
There is no charge for these concerts as all concerts are funded through grants or private and corporate donations through mail, at the door, or through our website.

  Tomoki Sakata - Performers Biography  

Tomoki Sakata

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 and consequently three years of concert tours in the United States. The youngest competitor, he received attention for his “youthful overabundance of talent” that created “its own visceral excitement” (Theater Jones).

Fredericksburg Music Club, Inc. Presents Tomoki Sakata In Concert September 14th or 21st, 2014

Also a prizewinner at various competitions throughout Asia and Europe, Mr. Sakata has 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, Lubrin Philharmonic, and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestras, working with such conductors as Leonard Slatkin and Hikotaro Yazaki. In the 2013–14 season, he will embark on tours in Europe, Japan, and Morocco.

Born in Nagoya, Mr. Sakata began piano lessons at the age of 5. He enrolled in the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music under the guidance of Hideto Nishikawa in 2012, and also attends the International Piano Academy Lake Como to study with William Grant Naboré.

Tomoki Sakata, Concert Pianist
Finalist in the 14th Van Cliburn Piano Competition

Press Quotes

“Tomoki Sakata collaborated in one of the most enjoyable chamber-music experiences thus far. Here was a Schumann Piano Quintet aptly scaled in every respect: tempo, dynamics and balances. In a nicely interactive performance, in which the musicians genuinely seemed to be enjoying themselves, nothing was hurried, nothing forced. Schumann sounded like Schumann, and that’s a high compliment.” – Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

“Tomoki Sakata, a formidably gifted 19-year-old, demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity in the first book of Debussy’s Études.” – Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

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

“All of his considerable technical prowess was on display. His interpretation has a way to go before it is fully mature, but this youthful overabundance of talent lent its own visceral excitement to this performance. The audience went wild when it was over.” – Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones

“Sakata displayed an awesome technique, and he made some music in the process.” – Gregory Sullivan Isaacs, Theater Jones

“Sakata brought taste and clarity to the work. His phrasing was polished and he interacted sensitively with the orchestra.” – Donald Rosenberg, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)




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