Sakata listened to Cliburn’s Tchaikovsky recording for inspiration

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Tomoki Sakata said he listened to Van Cliburn’s recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, looking for inspiration as he took to the stage for his final Cliburn competition performance.

“I was really inspired by his playing,” Sakata said. “He played not only very well, but presented the emotion and the feelings of this piece.”

Sakata, who is the youngest finalist at the competition this year said he felt a lot of pressure but said the Cliburn has been a great experience for him.

“I really enjoyed playing with this great orchestra and great maestro,” Sakata. “Of course, I have some points I’d like to change or I can make better the next time I play it but I really enjoyed playing this piece.”

-Andrea Ahles

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