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“Music has emotions, like songs you hear when you’re sad and songs that give you courage. This is why I think it is possible to resonate with your heart by listening to it according to your current feelings. I think classical music has the ability to touch the heart; is deeply rooted in the people.”

Modan Oyama started studying classical ballet at 3 years old and piano at 4; both pursuits formed the foundation for his love of self-expression and of the stage at a very early age. When he was 12, he started focusing on the piano in earnest after he auditioned for the anime TV show “Forest of Piano” and was cast to record the main character’s childhood piano performances. He currently attends Osaka Gakugei Senior High School and has studied piano with Keiji Serizawa for 10 years and Ayami Serizawa for 6 years. His next piano revelation came in 2019, when he was attending the Imola Summer Piano Academy and Festival in Italy and first experienced the breadth of the global classical music family: “Ah, the world of the piano is so wide.” Having won eight competitions in Japan and placed in many others, Modan’s hopes for the Cliburn Junior include “being exposed to great music from all around the world” and “meeting and conversing with excellent musicians of my generation.” Outside of the piano, his free time is still very focused on ballet—both dancing and attending performances; he considers it “the foundation of my artistry.”


Preliminary Round

BACH Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 850
CHOPIN Etude in A Minor, op. 10, no. 2
PROKOFIEV Sonata No. 6 in A Major, op. 82 (II, IV)

Quarterfinal Round

MOZART Sonata No. 2 in F Major, K. 280 (I)
CHOPIN Nocturne in B Major, op. 9, no. 3
LISZT Réminiscences de Don Juan

Semifinal Round – Recital

SCARLATTI Sonata in A Major, K. 24
CHOPIN Etude in C Major, op. 10, no. 7
CHOPIN Polonaise in F-sharp Minor, op. 44
LIEBERMANN Nocturne No. 4, op. 38
STRAVINSKY Trois mouvements de Pétrouchka

Semifinal Round – Concerto Movement

SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22 (II)

Final Round – Concerto 

SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor, op. 22


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