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Guide to the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting

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Past laureates: where are they now?

19th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, Japan


Online Applications must be submitted between 00:00 hours on Monday, February 1, 2021 and 23:59 hours, Thursday, May 6, 2021, Japan time. Applications by post must reach the Competition Office by May 6 to be valid.

Prizes (If no finalist is considered deserving of a particular prize, then that prize shall not be awarded.)

1st Prize: Certificate, medal, and cash award of 2,000,000 yen
2nd Prize: Certificate, medal, and cash award of 1,000,000 yen
3rd Prize: Certificate, medal, and cash award of 500,000 yen

Debut Concerts for Prize Winners and Supplementary Awards
Japan Concert: on Tuesday, July 5, 2022; Hungary Concert: on Friday, April 29, 2022

Jury of the 2021 competition

Chair of the Jury: Tadaaki Otaka; Members of the Jury (In Alphabetical Order): Sian Edwards, Dan Ettinger, Junichi Hirokami, Michiyoshi Inoue, Okko Kamu, Rainer Küchl, Jun Märkl, Ken Takaseki 

Covered costs for participants

Overseas contestants (including Japanese nationals living abroad) who participate in the first preliminary round will be provided the following subsidies:

  • An international airfare subsidy, to be paid at the time of registration for the first preliminary round as follows: 

          50,000 yen/contestant for contestants coming from Asia; 
          100,000 yen/contestant for contestants coming from other regions.

  • Hotel accommodation, to be provided for all contestants during the period of the competition (3:00 p.m. on September 26 to 11 a.m. on October 5, 2021). Please note that accommodation expenses will not be paid for hotels other than those designated by the Competition Office.

Attending the competition

Audience is welcome to all of the rounds of the competition

For more information visit the website of the Tokyo International Competition for Conducting.

Read our reports of the 2018 competition