A series of conversations with the Cliburn competitors
Piano lessons began at 5 — and improvisation and even composition at 6. Sakata’s interest in classical music began when he was 9, and he says it has grown daily since.
“One of the triggers was Mozart,” he says. “I like Mozart’s harmony very, very much. I used to play with feeling and listening to his harmony very often, when I was very little. After I turned 12 years old, I decided to study classical music seriously.”
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