Sakata gets encouragment from conductor Slatkin

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Tomoki Sakata had a little help from conductor Leonard Slatkin in calming his nerves before playing his Mozart Concerto on Friday night.

“He told me to just do what you want to do and what will make you happy,” Sakata said, adding that he felt “really good” about his performance.

Up next for Sakata is his performance of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, the piece that made Van Cliburn famous. Sakata will play the piece on Sunday afternoon, prior to the awards ceremony.

“I have to get my energy back for this big concerto,” Sakata said as he was leaving Bass Hall to return to his host family’s home in Aledo.

— Andrea Ahles

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