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Guide to the 2021 Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

Laureates: where are they now?
About the competition

The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition was started in 1991 in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the founding of Hamamatsu City. Since then this international cultural program has been held every three years to celebrate the history and tradition of the city of music and musical instruments.


Application Period: February 1-March 31, 2021 (online only)
First stage: November 13-17, 2021
Second stage: November 19-21, 2021
Third stage: November 23-24, 2021
Final stage: November 27-28, 2021.

Audiences are welcome to all rounds. Live streaming will be available.

Best known laureates and winning dates

Sergei Babayan (1991), Alexander Gavrylyuk (2000), Rafał Blechacz (2003), Seong-Jin Cho (2009).

 For more information please visit the website of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition here.

  • First Prize: ¥3,000,000, Gold Medal, Certificate of Merit and Concert Tour 

The First Prizewinner will be given at least 10 opportunities to perform in and outside of Japan, including solo recitals and performances with major orchestras, by the end of 2023.

  • Second Prize: ¥1,800,000, Silver Medal and Certificate of Merit
  • Third Prize: ¥1,200,000, Bronze Medal and Certificate of Merit
  • Fourth Prize: ¥750,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Fifth Prize: ¥600,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Sixth Prize: ¥450,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Best Performer of the Japanese Work: ¥300,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Diploma of Outstanding Merit: ¥150,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Chamber Music Award: ¥150,000 and Certificate of Merit
  • Audience Prize: Certificate of Merit and additional awards

Fact file
Deadline01 Feb - 31 Mar 2021
Finals27 - 28 Nov 2021
WhereHamamatsu City, Japan
Age groupsAnyone born on or after January 1, 1991
The Jury
Noriko Ogawa, Chairperson, Japan
Noriko Ogawa, Chairperson, Japan

Dang Thai Son (Vietnam)

Boris Petrushansky (Russia/Italy) 

Alexander Gavrylyuk (Australia) 

Paul Hughes (UK) 

Kim Youngho (Korea) 

Ewa Kupiec (Poland) 

Pedja Muzijevic (USA) 

Ronan O’Hora (UK)

Akiyoshi Sako (Japan) 

Natalia Trull (Russia)

Looking back to the 2018 edition
  • Congratulations to the winners!

    1st Prize: Can Cakmur (Turkey)

    2nd Prize: Ushida Tomoharu (Japan)

    3rd Prize: Lee Hyuk (Korea)

    4th Prize: Imada Atsushi (Japan)

    5th Prize: Mukawa Keigo (Japan)

    6th Prize: Yasunami Takashi (Japan)

    Best Performer of a Japanese Work: Umeda Tomoya (Japan)

    Diploma of Outstanding Merit: Andrei Iliushkin (Russia)