The Sendai International Music Competition was established by the City of Sendai in 2001and is held every three years. The Competition aims to boost the careers of talented young musicians,thereby contributing to the promotion of music and international cultural exchange.
The Competition has the unique aspect of focusing on concertos in the selection of its repertoire, is run according to strict rules of fairness and trustworthiness and designed to involve the support and warm hospitality of the local citizens. The Competition has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions since 2005.
Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai (Sendai City Youth Cultural Center)
3-27-5, Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref., Japan
Sendai International Music Competition Organizing Committee
City of Sendai
Sendai Cultural Foundation
It is open to candidates of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1991.
The application package is accepted from June 14, 2018 through November 14, 2018 (Application by post must be postmarked no later than November 14, 2018. Online application must be completed by November 14, 2018, 12 o’clock midnight (Japan time)).
Focusing on concertos in the selection of repertoire.
Application documents and video data or DVD containing the Applicant’s performance of the repertoire pieces must be submitted.
The Competition consists of Preliminary, Semifinal and Final Rounds. A Pre-Selection based on documents as well as on video data or DVD will be held to decide which Applicants qualify for the Competition.
Cash prize of JPY 3,000,000 (=USD26,786*); Diploma; Gold Medal;
CD Production; Concerts with the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra or other major orchestras in Japan; Recitals in Japan
Cash prize of JPY 2,000,000 (=USD17,857*); Diploma; Silver Medal
Cash prize of JPY 1,000,000 (=USD8,929*); Diploma; Bronze Medal
Cash prize of JPY 800,000 (=USD7,143*); Diploma
Cash prize of JPY 700,000 (=USD6,250*); Diploma
Cash prize of JPY 600,000 (=USD5,357*); Diploma
Travel Expense Grants
The Secretariat shall provide the grants as follows to Contestants who live outside of Japan to help them pay for round trip transportation to Sendai:
[Asia] JPY50,000 (=USD446*) [Other] JPY100,000 (=USD893*)
Accommodation for Contestants
If the Contestant uses the accommodation of the Secretariat’s choice from the day of registration until the day specified, the organizers shall pay the accommodation expenses (one single room basic room charge and breakfast) for the Contestant for the duration of his or her stay. All other expenses shall be borne by the Contestant.
* Homestay program operated by the citizen volunteers may also be available for the Contestants not advancing to next Round.
Managing Committee Chairperson
EBISAWA Bin, Honorary Professor, Shobi University
[Piano Section] NOJIMA Minoru
[Violin Section] HORIGOME Yuzuko
Secretariat of Sendai International Music Competition
3-27-5, Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref., 981-0904, Japan
Phone: (+81) 22-727-1872 / Fax: (+81) 22-727-1873 / Email: email@example.com