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Tokyo Music Competition

The 22nd Tokyo Music Competition Application Guidelines

For details of each section, click the section menus.

1 Competition Overview

1-1 Purpose

2024 will mark the 22nd edition of the Tokyo Music Competition. Initially, this was known as the “Emerging Musician Debut Audition,” which started in 1965 and was expanded as the “Tokyo Music Competition” in 2003.
The competition is to discover, foster, and support, young gifted artists. It is presented by the four organizations: the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, the Yomiuri Shimbun, the Kao Corporation, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
During the finals, contestants will perform with an orchestra and the audience will vote for the best performance. The contestants with the most votes will receive the Audience Award. Most of the jury members consist of those who are currently active as professional musicians. The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan will offer the winners special support by providing opportunities to perform on stage and helping the winners organize their own recitals.

1-2 Sections

1-3 Schedule

Application period: Wednesday, April 10, 12:00 noon–Friday, April 19, 2024, 18:00 (online only)
Please note the following:
- All dates hereafter are in Japan Standard Time (UTC+9).
- There is a limit to the number of participants.
- Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

(A) String Section

First Round: Monday, June 24–Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Second Round: Saturday, August 24
Final Round & Awards Ceremony: Friday, August 30
TSUNODA Kosuke, conductor
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

(B) Brass Section

First Round: Friday, June 28–Sunday, June 30, 2024
Second Round: Friday, August 23
Final Round & Awards Ceremony: Wednesday, August 28
SUZUKI Orie, conductor
Japan Philharmonic Orchestra

(C) Voice Section

First Round: Tuesday, July 2–Wednesday, July 3, 2024
Second Round: Sunday, August 25
Final Round & Awards Ceremony: Sunday, September 1
SONODA Ryuichiro, conductor
Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

1-4 Entry Fee

JPY 30,800 (tax included / First, Second, and Final Round included)
* Only for the accepted applicants

1-5 Venue

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ueno Koen 5-45, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan (by the Park Gate of JR Ueno station)
First & Second Round: Recital Hall
Final Round & Awards Ceremony: Main Hall

1-6 Jury *Chairperson of the section

String Section

  • ISOMURA Kazuhide, Va
  • ONO Kaoru, Va
  • KUROKI Iwahisa, Db
  • KONO Fumiaki, Vc
  • SHIMIZU Takashi, Vn
  • TATSUMI Akiko, Vn*
  • HANAZAKI Kaoru, Vc
  • YOSHIDA Shu, Db
  • Michael VAIMAN, Vn (Professor of Cologne University of Music and Dance)

Brass Section

  • ISOHATA Tsutomu, Hr
  • OKAZAKI Kouji, Tp
  • ODAGIRI Hiroyuki, Tb
  • KURITA Masakatsu, Tb
  • SATO Kazuhiko, Tu
  • SATO Kiyoshi, Tu
  • HOTOKEZAKA Sachio, Tp*
  • MORI Hirofumi, Hr
  • Jouko HARJANNE, Tp (Principal Trumpet of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Voice Section

  • ICHIHARA Taro, Ten
  • OKURA Yukie, Sop
  • OSHIMA Ikuo, Br*
  • KUBOTA Masumi, Bs
  • TAKAHASHI Nobuko, Sop
  • TAKEMOTO Setsuko, Mez
  • HORIUCHI Yasuo, Br
  • MIROKU Tadashi, Ct
  • YAMASHITA Makiko, Mez
  • YOSHIDA Hiroyuki, Ten
  • Vincenzo DE VIVO (Former Artistic Director of Teatro di San Carlo, Italy)

General Jury

  • TAKAHASHI Naoshi (Conductor)


  • HORI Masafumi (Honorary Concertmaster; NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo)
  • Philippe MANOURY (Composer)

General Chairperson

  • NODAIRA Ichiro (Music Director of Tokyo Bunka Kaikan)

2 Prizes and Support

2-1 Prizes

For each competition section, the first, second, and third place will be stated as a prizewinner, and they will receive the following prizes according to their rank. Other finalists will be awarded diploma as well. Also, the finalist who obtained the largest number of votes from the audience at the final round will receive the Audience Award.

  • First Prize: JPY 1,000,000 and Diploma
  • Second Prize: JPY 600,000 and Diploma
  • Third Prize: JPY 400,000 and Diploma

In case of a tie between prizewinners, the total amount of prize money for the winner’s position and the immediately next winning position shall be divided equally among the tied winners.

2-2 Support for the Winners

(1) Engagements for the performances organized by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
① The first prizewinners or the top prizewinners will perform with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra conducted by TAKASEKI Ken on Monday (national holiday), January 13, 2025 at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Main Hall (presented by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the others). The rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, January 7, 2025.
② The winners will become candidates to perform at the various concerts and operas presented or co-presented by the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.
③ We will recommend the winners to the concerned organizations for performing with orchestras based in Tokyo at the “Classical Concerts with Emerging Artists” held by the Tokyo municipalities.
(2) Recital Support
If a winner holds a recital during the next 5 years from the competition, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan will co-present the recital once per winner, providing the Recital Hall at half the cost (excluding adjoining facilities fee, piano tuning, and such) and supporting through public relations and advertisement.
(Note that once a winner applies for the recital at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, there will be a screening process, examining the winner’s career after the competition. Only a qualified winner can obtain support from the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan.)
(3) Promoting the Winners
① The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan will distribute the 22nd Tokyo Music Competition Report, which contains prizewinners’ detailed profiles, to the organization involved such as music management offices and the press.
② The winners’ profiles and other information will be posted on the Tokyo Music Competition-List of Winners of the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan website.
(4) Introducing the Winners as a performer to the related events
The winners will be recommended as a performer of various events including concerts organized by other institutes of the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture / The Yomiuri Shimbun / Kao Corporation / Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd. / Concert Service / Suntory Holdings Ltd. / Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. / Morihei Butai Kiko Co., Ltd.
Production Assistance
Japan Music Foundation JESC
New Japan Philharmonic / Tokyo Symphony Orchestra / Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra / Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra / Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra / Japan Philharmonic Orchestra / Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra / Tokyo Orchestra Business Cooperative

For further information, please contact (Weekdays 10:00–17:00)

Secretariat of the Tokyo Music Competition
Production Section, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan
Ueno koen 5-45, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8716, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3828-2111