Sendai International Music Competition

Deadline: 14/11/2018
Location: Sendai, Japan
Disciplines: Violin Piano
From: 25/05/2019 To: 30/06/2019
Age limit: under 27

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.

Application online

General Outline

Piano Section

Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019

Violin Section

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.

Application Period

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)).
 Application Method

Entry fee

JPY10,000 (=USD89*)


Focusing on concertos in the selection of repertoire. 

Piano Section
Violin Section

Application Method

Application documents and video data or DVD containing the Applicant’s performance of the repertoire pieces must be submitted.

Competition Structure

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.


1st prize

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

2nd prize

Cash prize of JPY 2,000,000 (=USD17,857*); Diploma; Silver Medal

3rd prize

Cash prize of JPY 1,000,000 (=USD8,929*); Diploma; Bronze Medal

4th prize

Cash prize of JPY 800,000 (=USD7,143*); Diploma

5th prize

Cash prize of JPY 700,000 (=USD6,250*); Diploma

6th prize

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

Jury Chairpersons

[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: