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Guide to the 2018 Hamamatsu International Piano 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.

Over the years, the competition has produced many pianists who are active on the world stage and many of the prize-winners of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition have gone on to receive awards at famous international piano competitions. As a result, the competition receives both domestic and international acclaim.

Applications must be made either online or by post and preliminary section will be based on the DVD.

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 March 2020.

Click here to go to the Hamamatsu site.

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Deadline15 Apr 2018
Finals23 - 24 Nov 2018
WhereTokyo, Japan

Hamamatsu Piano Competition - Final Stage

Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Ken Takaseki; Contestants of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition

Hamamatsu Piano Competition - Prizewinner's Concert

Prizewinner of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Piano
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