In 2016, Japanese pianist Tomoki Sakata won First Prize along with six special prizes at the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Budapest. Already in 2013, at the Van Cliburn Competition, he “demonstrated virtuosity, considerable color and expressivity” (Dallas Morning News), earning him a place among the top six finalists. Since then, Tomoki Sakata has made recital, chamber and concerto appearances throughout Europe, Asia, the USA and Africa, in such major concert halls as Leipzig Gewandhaus, Dvořák Hall in Prague, Grand Hall of the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Salle Cortot in Paris and Philharmonie de Luxembourg. He performed as soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, Czech National Symphony, Hungarian National Philharmonic, L’Orchestre Phiharmonique de Maroc and Tokyo Philharmonic. His performances were broadcasted on Radio and TV in Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic, Hungary, the USA and Japan. He has appeared in numerous international music festivals, including “Janáčkův máj” (Czech Republic), the Brussels Piano Festival, and the “Musical Kremlin” (Russia). Born in Nagoya in 1993, Tomoki Sakata had his first piano lessons at the age of 5. He has received private piano lessons by Paul Badura-Skoda since the age of 16. After studying at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music, he currently studies at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover.