Rina Sala Gallo International Piano Competition
Via Frisi 23 + 39 (039) 334 7389372
I-20900 Monza twitter.com/rinasalagallo24
Biennial. Purpose: To offer young pianists of all nationalities
an important occasion to perform their talents in a
challenging competition & in the presence of a qualified
international jury; to offer the winners substantial
economic support & concerts. Eligibility: Pianists of all
nationalities born after Oct. 14, 1987. Prizes: (1st) 15,000
euros; (2nd) 7500 euros; (3rd) 5000 euros. Deadline: Apr.
2020. Competition: Oct. 2020. Entrance Fee: 50 euros (for
preselection), 100 euros (for selected candidates).
“A. Scriabin” Premio Internazionale Pianistico
Antonio Di Cristofano, Dir.
Via Etiopia 25, I-58100 Grosseto + 39 (0564) 45. 25. 44
Annual. Eligibility: Piano soloists born after Jan. 1, 1983.
Prizes: (1st) 6000 euros, concerts; (2nd) 3000 euros; (3rd)
1500 euros; two special prizes. Deadline: Dec. 15, 2018.
Competition: Feb. 18-24, 2019. Entrance Fee: 150 euros.
“...a Camillo Togni” International Composition
Vittorio Parisi, Art. Dir.
Villaggio Prealpino, Trav. X 25, I-25136 Brescia
Purpose: To promote new compositions. Eligibility: No
age restrictions. Prizes: (1st) 5000 euros. Deadline: 2019.
Competition: Dec. 2019 (final concert & prize awarding).
Entrance Fee: 80 euros.
“Arturo Toscanini” Concorso Internazionale di
Direzione d’Orchestra (“Arturo Toscanini”
International Competition for Conductors)
Centro di Produzione Musicale Arturo Toscanini
Viale Barilla 27 / A, I-43121 Parma + 39 (0521) 39. 13. 22
Triennial. Purpose: To offer young conductors the opportunity
to distinguish themselves professionally. Eligibility: Con-
ductors of all nationalities born after Oct. 30, 1982. Prizes:
(1st) 15,000 euros; (2nd) 10,000 euros; (3rd) 5000 euros;
Orchestra Prize, 5000 euros. Deadline: Mar. 2020.
Competition: May 2020. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Trio di Trieste, Premio (Composition/Execution
Competition for Chamber Music Ensembles: Piano
Trio & Piano Quartet)
Prof.ssa Fedra Florit, Art. Dir.
Anna Boniciolli, Sec’y
Via San Nicolo 7, I-34121 Trieste + 39 (040) 348.05.98
Biennial. Execution: Groups with piano & string instruments,
in the following categories: Piano duo ( 1. violin, 2. viola, 3.
cello) 4. Piano trio, 5. Piano quartet. Eligibility:
The mem-bers of the ensemble must be of an age which, on aver-
age, does not exceed 32 years (execution). Prizes: Execu-
tion: (1st) 9000 euros & a series of concerts; (2nd) 4000
euros; (3rd) 3000 euros. Deadline: Apr. 15, 2019.
Competition: May 2019 (first round by DVD); Sept. 2019 (second &
final rounds live in Trieste). Entrance Fee: 120 euros.
Valsesia Musica, Concorso Internazionale
Franca Scaglia, Pres.
Corso Roma 35
c/o Associazione Culturale Valsesia Musica
+ 39 (0163) 56.00.20
I-13019 Varallo (VC) twitter.com/valsesiamusica
Annual. Purpose: Founded in 1981, Valsesia Musica (former
Viotti - Valsesia) International Competition is a world-wide
famous music event which highlights young talents on the
music scene and promotes tourism in Valsesia as well.
Eligibility: 37 years old. Prizes: 30,000 euros. Deadline: Apr.
2019 (violin & Orchestra), Sept. 2019 (voice). Competition:
May & Oct. 2019. Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Verona International Piano Competition (VIPC)
Assoc. Musicale Liszt 2011
Via del Perlar 4/a + 39 346 2204542, 345 9742797
I-37024 Negrar (Verona)
Annual. Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities born on or after
Oct. 6, 1980; first-prize winners of previous editions of
the VIPC are ineligible. Prizes: (1st) 5000 euros; (2nd)
2000 euros; (3rd) 1500 euros. Deadline: 2019 TBA; 2018
July. Competition: 2019 TBA; 2018 Oct. Entrance Fee: 90
Gian Battista Viotti International Music Competition
Maria Arsieni, Pres.
Pietro Borgonovo, Art. Dir.
Via Monte di Pietà 39 + 39 (0161) 25. 55. 75
Annual. Two sections alternate, piano (2019); opera singing
(2020). Purpose: Addressed to the young artists who aim
at starting an international music career. Eligibility: Artists
of all nationalities who are up to 31 years old (women) &
up to 33 years old (men) in the year of the competition
(opera singing), & up to 30 years old (piano). Prizes:
Opera Singing 2018: (1st) 15,000 euros; (2nd) 7000 euros;
(3rd) 4000 euros; Audience Prize, 1000 euros. Deadline:
2019 TBD; 2018 July. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Oct..
Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
Riccardo zandonai International Competition for young
Viale della Liberazione 7 + 39 (0464) 55. 40. 73
I-38066 Riva del Garda (TN)
Annual. Purpose: To discover & award prizes to young opera
singers & to start them on a career in the opera music
world. Eligibility: Age limit of 18 to 35 years. Prizes: (1st)
8000 euros; (2nd) 5000 euros; (3rd) 3000 euros. Deadline:
2019 TBD; 2018 May. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 May.
Entrance Fee: 100 euros.
The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
111-1 Itaya-machi, Naka-ku + 81 ( 53) 451-1148
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka-ken 430-7790 twitter.com/hipiofficial
Triennial. Purpose: To encourage the development of music &
culture, promote international cultural exchanges &
contribute to the nurturing of musicians by providing
promising young pianists throughout the world an
opportunity to display the fruits of their daily study.
Eligibility: Pianists born on or after Jan. 1, 1988. Prizes:
(1st) 3,000,000 yen, Gold Medal; (2nd) 1,800,000 yen,
Silver Medal; (3rd) 1, 200,000 yen, Bronze Medal; (4th)
750,000 yen; (5th) 600,000 yen; (6th) 450,000 yen; Best
Performer of the Japanese Work, 300,000 yen; Diploma of
Outstanding Merit, 150,000 yen; Chamber Music Award,
150,000 yen; Audience Prize, awards; a Certificate of
Merit for each of the above. Deadline: TBD 2021; 2018
Apr. Competition: TBD 2021; 2018 Nov. 8-25. Entrance
Fee: 10,000 yen.
International Oboe Competition of Japan in Tokyo
Shigenobu Karube, Ex. Mng. Dir.
c/o Sony Mus. Foundation, 8F, SME-Ichigaya Bldg.
1-4 Ichigayatamachi, Shinjuku-ku + 81 ( 3) 5227-5233
Triennial. Purpose: To promote the true artistic value of oboe
performances; to endeavor to discover & cultivate talented
musicians & to expand their opportunities in Japan &
abroad; to contribute to the development of musical culture
with an international perspective. Eligibility: 18-30 years
old; previous first-prize winners are ineligible. Competition:
Irino Prize (International Composers’ Competition)
Mrs. Reiko Irino, Pres.
5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku
c/o NPO JML Mus. Institute + 81 ( 3) 3323-0646
Annual. Prize for Chamber-Orchestral Work (even years),
Prize for Chamber Music (odd years), rotating annually.
Purpose: To be awarded to young composers who explore
new directions & demonstrate innovative creativity.
Eligibility: Any nationality; composers under 40 years old
(Chamber-Orchestral work) & 35 (Chamber Music), on
June 23, each year. Chamber Music work (2019) must be
composed after Jan. 1, 2017, & not have won any prizes;
submission limit of one composition. Chamber-Orchestral
work (2020) can be either previously performed or not
performed yet, but should not have received any prizes.
Prizes: 500,000 Japanese yen & performance by Tokyo
Sinfonietta in Tokyo (Chamber-Orchestral Work); 200,000
Japanese yen & performance by Ensemble Nomado,
Tokyo (Chamber Music). Deadline: June 23 each year
(postal deadline; no fax, Internet, or email submission).
Competition: Sept. 2019 (Prize for Chamber Music); Sept.
2020 (Prize for Chamber-Orchestral Work). Entrance Fee:
Musashino-Tokyo, International Organ Competition
Musashino Shimin Bunka Kaikan
3-9-11 Naka-cho, Musashino-City + 81 ( 422) 54-8822
Quadrennial. Purpose: To find talent organists within Japan
& from abroad, & to encourage their development, as well
as to improve international exchange. Eligibility: Open to
all organists; no age limit. Prizes: (1st) 1, 200,000 yen,
Naxos CD, concert in Japan; (2nd) 800,000 yen; (3rd)
600,000 yen. Competition: Sept. 2021.
Osaka International Chamber Music Competition &
c/o Japan Chamber Mus. Foundation
2-2-33 Shiromi, Chuo-ku + 81 ( 6) 6947-2184
Triennial. Purpose: To contribute to the promotion of not only
chamber music but also a wide variety of musical culture, &
to deepen international & intercultural exchange. Eligibility:
Chamber Music Competition— 35 years old or younger.
Chamber Music Festa (no age limit)—chamber music
ensembles consisting of two to six performers for chamber,
traditional & folk music. The instrumentalcombinations are
free. Prizes: TBA. Deadline: TBA. Competition: May 2020.
Entrance Fee: TBA.
Sendai International Music Competition (SIMC)
Sakai Hironbumi, Sec’y-Gen.
3-27-5 Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku + 81 ( 22) 727-1872
Sendai City, Miyagi Pref. 981-0904
Triennial. For violin & piano. Purpose: To contribute to the
development of world musical culture & the promotion
of international cultural exchange through the discovery
of young talented musicians. Eligibility: Candidates of all
nationalities born on or after Jan. 1, 1991. Prizes: Each
section—(1st) 3,000,000 yen, gold medal, CD production
& performance opportunities; (2nd) 2,000,000 yen & silver
medal; (3rd) 1,000,000 yen & bronze medal; (4th) 800,000
yen; (5th) 700,000 yen; (6th) 600,000 yen; diplomas for
first through sixth. Deadline: 2021. Competition: 2021.
Entrance Fee: JPY 10,000.
Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition
200 Terejima-cho, Naka-ku + 81 ( 53) 457-1334
Hamamatsu City Shizuoka-Pref. 430-8665
Eligibility: Pianists of all nationalities born on or after Apr. 2,
1990 & on or before Apr. 1, 2000. Prizes: (1st) JPY
1,000,000; (2nd) JPY 500,000; (3rd) JPY 250,000.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 Mar. Competition: 2019 TBD;
Shizuoka International Opera Competition
Secretariat of the Executive Committee
2-1-1 Chuo, Naka-ku + 81 ( 53) 457-6446
Hamamatsu, Shizuoka 430-8533
Triennial. Purpose: To find promising young talent in the world
of vocal music. Eligibility: Singers of all voice categories
who are 33 years old or younger at the time of the
competition. Prizes: ( 1) 3,000,000 JPY; (2nd) 1,500,000
JPY; (3rd) 750,000 JPY. Competition: Oct. 31-Nov. 8,
Takamatsu International Piano Competition
Katsuhiko Takesaki, Chair, Organizing Committee
Central Bldg. Annex 3F, 4-12 Kamei-cho + 81 ( 87) 812-5583
Quadrennial. Purpose: To provide a forum to bring together
top musicians worldwide & to encourage young people to
pursue their dreams & goals of self-development. Eligibility:
Individuals born between Jan. 1, 1983 & Jan. 1, 2003.
Prizes: (1st) 3,000,000 yen, & opportunities to perform
with Japanese & overseas orchestras & to perform recitals
at halls in Japan & overseas; (2nd) 1,000,000 yen; (3rd)
500,000 yen; (4th) 300,000 yen; (5th) 200,000 yen; special
prizes. Deadline: Sept. 2021. Competition: Mar. 2022.
Entrance Fee: 20,000 yen.
Toru Takemitsu Composition Award
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku + 81 ( 3) 5353-0770
Annual. Purpose: To encourage the younger generation of
composers who will shape the coming age by creating
new musical works. Eligibility: Any person, regardless of
nationality, who is not more than 35 years old by the end of
the year the application is submitted. Prizes: Cash award,
the total sum of 3,000,000 yen, each year. The judge may
withhold or divide the prize. The composers whose works
are selected to be performed at the final selection will be
invited to attend the concert. Deadline: Sept. 28, 2018 (for
2019). Competition: June 9, 2019. Entrance Fee: 1000
Tokyo International Guitar Competition
6-14-4 Wada Bldg. 5F, Shimbashi, Minato-ku, c/o Japan
Federation of Guitarists, Tokyo 105-0004 + 81 ( 3) 3438-1819
Annual. Purpose: Education through giving the opportunity
for young talented guitarists to play before a large
audience. Eligibility: Previous first-prize winners of this
competition are ineligible; applicants must have been
born after 1983. Prizes: (1st) 1,000,000 yen, recital tour
in Japan; (2nd) 300,000 yen; (3rd) 100,000 yen. Deadline:
2019 TBD; 2018 July. Competition: 2019 TBD; 2018 Dec.
1-2. Entrance Fee: 15,000 yen.
Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting
c/o Min-On Concert Ass’n
8 Shinano-machi, Shinjuku-ku + 81 ( 3) 5362-3460
Triennial. Eligibility: Conductors of all nationalities who
are less than 38 years old on Oct. 14, 2021. Prizes: (1st)
2,000,000 yen; (2nd) 1,000,000 yen; (3rd) 500,000 yen.
Deadline: May 2021. Competition: Oct. 2021.
Tokyo International Viola Competition
c/o TV Man Union, Mus. Div., Cosmos Aoyama South, 5-53-
67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku + 81 ( 3) 6418-8617
This competition is dedicated to cele-brating the viola, introducing outstanding works and new
works for viola, and fostering young artists. Eligibility:
Candidates of all nationalities. Age limits on application
TBD. Prizes: (1st) 1,000,000 JPY; (2nd) 600,000 JPY; (3rd)
300,000 JPY. Deadline: Nov. 1, 2020. Competition: May-
June, 2021. Entrance Fee: 20,000 JPY.
Gawon International Piano Competition
Oksoo Han, Chm.
Sambo Hills 102
Pyoungchang 12 Gil, 8-21 Jongno-gu + 82 ( 2) 379-5698
Biennial. Purpose: To discover the most brilliant pianist
amongst the multitude of youthful talents in the world & to
provide for the artist’s continued development & matura-tion as a musician. Eligibility: Pianists of any nationality be-
tween the ages of 17 and 30; a successful applicant must
be able to demonstrate superb potential & achievement
in piano, such as exceptional recommendations from ac-claimed musicians, award(s) at internationally acclaimed
competitions, & public appearances & recitals. Prizes:
(1st) $10,000. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019. Competition: Jan.
2020. Entrance Fee: None.
Jeju International Brass & Percussion Competition
Kyeong Ju Kim
Jeju Media Center
Shinsanno 82, Jeju-si + 82 ( 64) 722-8704
Annual. For trumpet, horn, tenor trombone, brass quintet
(odd-numbered years); euphonium, bass trombone, tuba,
percussion (even-numbered years). Purpose: To discover
& foster young, talented wind instrumentalists from
around the world; to give them an opportunity to share
friendships & cultural exchange. Eligibility: Competitors
from all nationalities born after Jan. 1, 1984. Prizes:
Soloist Division: (1st) $7000; (2nd) $5000; (3rd) $4000.
Brass Quintet: (1st) $12,000; (2nd) $9000; (3rd) $7000.
Deadline: 2019 TBD; 2018 May. Competition: 2019 TBD;
2018 Aug. Entrance Fee: $200.