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Guide to the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa

Why take part?


Section one: String quartet
Section two: Piano trio or Piano quartet


Ensembles consisting of two to six instrumentalists

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SectionsString quartet, Piano Trio, Piano Quartet, Festa
Deadline09 May - 10 Oct 2022
Finals17 - 18 May 2023
WhereOsaka, Japan
Age groupsOpen to ensembles of all nationalities whose members were born on or after May 1, 1984


First Prize: 2,500,000 yen 
Second Prize: 1,200,000 yen
Third Prize: 800,000 yen

Special Awards of the Competition

MK Memorial Award

500,000 yen. This award will be presented to the ensembles which receive the first prize of Section Ⅰ and Ⅱ. 

Bordeaux String Quartet Festival Award:

This award will be presented to a string quartet selected from the ensembles in Section I. The award-winning string quartet will be invited to the Vibre! Bordeaux International String Quartet Festival in 2024 to join a masterclass and concert. 

String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam Award:

The first-prize winner of Section Ⅰ will perform in a concert at String Quartet Biennale Amsterdam in 2024. 

“Ambassador Ensemble of the Osaka International Chamber Music Competition 2023” Award:

This award will be presented to an ensemble selected from all the ensembles taking part in the Competition. The award-winning ensemble will perform at VdSQ & Festival4 to be held in Germany in 2024.


Menuhin Gold Prize*: 1,500,000 yen 
Silver Prize: 800,000 yen
Bronze Prize: 500,000 yen

*To honor Lord Yehudi Menuhin, who served as Honorary Artistic Director from the first to the third Competition and Festa, and suggested the idea of Chamber Music Festa, the Organizer began to grant the “Menuhin Gold Prize” to the best ensemble participating in the Festa to remember his achievement since the third Festa in 1999. 

Special Awards of the Festa 

The “Folkloric Music Special Award”: 

200,000 yen will be awarded to an ensemble from the Semifinal Round which has presented the best performance of traditional/ethnic music. 

Online audience Award: 

100,000 yen will be awarded to an ensemble with the highest number of online audience votes in the Semifinal Round. The online audiences with a right to vote will be commissioned by the Organizer.

The First prize winners and Menuhin Gold Prize winner will have a concert tour in about 10 cities in Japan.

The Festa is open to ensembles of all nationalities with no age limitation.

The 1st round of the Festa will be held at Toyama and Mie prefecture.


Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Chairman Japan / Cellist, Director General, Suntory Foundation for Arts

Martin Beaver, Canada / Violinist, former Tokyo String Quartet member

Weigang Li, USA / Violinist, Shanghai Quartet

Kazuki Sawa Japan / Violinist, Sawa Quartet

Monika Henschel, Germany / Violist, Henschel Quartet

Mai Motobuchi USA-Japan / Violist, Borromeo String Quartet

Alasdair Tait,  UK / Cellist, former Belcea Quartet member

Vincent Coq,  France / Pianist, Trio Wanderer

Eckart Heiligers, Germany / Pianist, Trio Jean Paul

Shigeo Neriki,  Japan / Pianist, Distinguished professor, Toho Gakuen School of Music


Shin-ichi Go, Chairman Japan / Trombonist, Guest Professor, Tokyo College of Music

Masataka Kono, Vice-chairman Japan / Oboist, Representative, Kansai Chamber Music Association

Important dates

9 May 2022: Application open

10 October 2022: Application deadline

November 2022: Preliminary video screening

Late December 2022: Result of the preliminary round will be sent to the applicants

March 2023: Contestants of the competition will be announced

Accommodation & travel


International travel fee and accommodation will be covered by the organiser.


Organizer will cover a part of the travel fee. Accommodation will be covered by the organiser.


Aizuri Quartet, 2017
Arcadia Quartet, 2014
Attacca Quartet, 2011
Doric String Quartet, 2008
Bennewitz Quartet, 2005
Belcea Quartet, 1999
Henschel Quartet, 1996