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Guide to the Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting

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The Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting, which has been renamed in 1988 from Min-On Competition that started in 1967, has been organized and promoted by Min-On Concert Association.

The conducting competition enjoys a remarkable record of introducing conductors who have gone on to achieve world-wide success. For instance, Maestro Carlo Rizzi was the 3rd prize of the 8th competition in 1988 and Maestro Kazushi Ono was the 2nd prize of the 6th competition in 1982.

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Deadline02 May 2018
Finals08 - 14 Oct 2018
WhereTokyo, Japan
Age groupsUnder 38 on the date of the competition final
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Competitors' information

Application period

Application for the 18th Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting has already closed. The application period of the 19th competition in 2021 is yet to be determined.

Eligibility requirements

1. The competition is open to people of all nationalities.

2. Applicants must be under 38 years old at the time of the Finals of the competition.

3. Former first-prize winners of this competition are not eligible to compete again.

Travel and accommodation expenses

Overseas contestants (including Japanese people living abroad) who will be participating in the first preliminary will be provided with the following subsidies.

a. Subsidy for International Airfare

Overseas contestants will be paid the following subsidy at the time of registration for the first preliminary round:

¥50,000 per contestant coming from Asia.

¥100,000 per contestant coming from outside Asia.

b. Accommodation

The hotel accommodations (including breakfast) will be provided during the period of the competition. However, Min-On will not pay for accommodations at any hotel other than the one designated by the Competition Office.


1st Prize: Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥2,000,000

2nd Prize: Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥1,000,000

3rd Prize: Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥500,000

If the judges should determine that no finalist is deserving of a particular prize, then that place shall remain vacant.

Gala concerts

1. In order to introduce the winners of this Competition to the largest possible audience Gala Concerts are to be held.

2. It is mandatory that winners perform at these Gala Concerts.