The applicant must submit items ① to ④ below, and send the complete set (application form, photo, official document copy, and video recording) to the Tokyo International Viola Competition Secretariat.
① Application form (All sections must be completed. No change in repertoire is allowed after the application has been submitted.)
The Application Form can be downloaded from this website.
- A high resolution digital photo of the applicant taken after February 2017, facing forward, from the chest up, with image quality sharp enough to be used in printed materials (300 dpi or higher).
- If you are submitting your application via postal mail, the data should be submitted on a CD with your name in alphabet letters on the CD itself.
③ Photocopy of an official document (such as passport) confirming the applicant’s age
④ Video recording of the applicant’s performance of the required repertoire (see ‘Required Repertoire’) for the preliminary selection
- The applicant’s name, title of the piece, and the date and location of the video recording must be clearly written on the recording medium.
- The image must include the full body (from head to foot) of the performer, and must be taken at a distance close enough to identify his / her face, arms, and hands.
- The recording must be made in or after February 2017, and may not be edited except for inserting track marks before each piece and movement.
4) Submitting your application
a. Via online service
- Save all items ① to ④ in ‘Application’, 3) Application procedure, for the application in one single folder.
- The folder must be titled with the applicant's family and given name, and sent to the address below using an online delivery service such as Vimeo, BitSend or Gigafile.
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
b. Via postal mail
Send the completed application form, digital photo, id document, and DVD with performance recording to the following address. Please use delivery services that allow you to track your mail.
Tokyo International Viola Competition Secretariat
c/o TV MAN UNION, Music Division
COSMOS AOYAMA SOUTH
5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001 JAPAN
Telephone: +81 3 6418 8617
Facsimile: +81 3 6418 8740
- All application materials should be submitted at the same time.
- Incomplete applications (applications which are missing any required documents or items) will not be accepted.
- The Secretariat is not responsible for any documents or items lost in transit.
- Application materials will not be returned.
5) Preliminary selection
A Preliminary Selection will be carried out to select the contestants who will participate in the competition. This Preliminary Selection will be made on the exclusive basis of the documents and video recording submitted by the applicants. The results of the Preliminary Selection will be sent to the applicants by January 31, 2018.
Participation in the Competition
1) Entry fee
All applicants who pass the Preliminary Selection must pay an entry fee of JPY 20,000 by bank transfer to the account designated by the Secretariat no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018. If the entry fee is not paid by this date, the approval to participate in the Competition will be withdrawn. The entry fee is not refundable under any circumstances.
2) Travel expense and travel expense grants
In principle, all travel expenses shall be borne by the contestant. However, if the Secretariat deems it necessary, grants shall be provided to contestants not residing in Japan, who passed the First Round. The amounts vary according to the region as listed below. The travel expense grants shall be given after any necessary taxes are deducted. (The applicable tax rate may be about 20.42%).
||Amount (tax included)
North and Latin America, Europe, Oceania, Africa
3) Accommodation and accommodation grants
In principle, all accommodation expenses shall be borne by the contestant. However, if the Secretariat deems it necessary, the Secretariat shall cover accommodation expenses (basic single room charge) for contestants who do not reside in Tokyo area from the registration day for the competition (May 24) until the day specified below, provided that a contestant uses a hotel designated by the Secretariat.
Contestants who pass the First Round
until next morning after the day of the First Round
Contestants who pass the Second Round
until next morning after the day of the Second Round
until next morning after the day of the Final Round
until next morning after the day of the Prizewinners Concert
- Official accompanists for the First and Second Rounds will be provided by the Secretariat. The Secretariat will specify the time and place for rehearsals. The Contestants may also bring their private accompanist at their own expense (including travel and accommodation).
- Official accompanists for the Final Round will be provided by the Secretariat. The Secretariat will specify the time and place for rehearsals.
5) Official prizes
* The prize money shall be paid after any necessary taxes are deducted.
6) Special prizes
Audience Prize JPY 100,000 (The winner will be selected by audience vote in the Final Round.)
Appearance in the Prizewinners’ Concerts
Appearance at Viola Space in or after 2019
* The prize money shall be paid after any necessary taxes are deducted.
1) Visa acquisition
The contestant must obtain appropriate visas to enter Japan to participate in the Competition. The same applies to the accompanist. If an invitation letter and/or any other document is required for the visa application, the applicant must make a request to the Secretariat.
The contestant and the accompanist are responsible for their own insurance to cover health care, injury, loss, or damage to the instrument, luggage or other personal belongings in case of accident, fire, or theft during travel and during their participation in the Competition.
The Tokyo International Viola Competition Secretariat has unrestricted rights to broadcast or televise, publicly perform or present, record or video-record, publish and portray any part of the contestant’s and accompanist’s participation in the Competition, including, but not limited to, rehearsals and performances during the Competition, as well as ceremonies, rounds, and related events.
4) Governing law
Any problem arising from or related to these Guidelines for Applicants shall be settled in accordance with the Japanese text of the Guidelines and laws of Japan.
The contestants shall not give any public performance during the period of the Competition other than those required for the Competition. This condition will no longer apply once the contestant fails to pass a competition round.
1) Preliminary Selection: two pieces
Note: please follow the instructions in ‘Application’, 3) Application procedure, ④ Video recording.
① One of the following suites:
- Max Reger: Suite for solo viola no. 1 in G minor, op.131d-1
- Max Reger: Suite for solo viola no. 2 in D major, op. 131d-2
- Max Reger: Suite for solo viola no. 3 in E minor, op. 131d-3
② One of the following pieces: * To be performed from memory.
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie no. 2 in C major from 12 Fantasies for solo viola
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie no. 3 in B-flat minor from 12 Fantasies for solo viola
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie no. 4 in G major from 12 Fantasies for solo viola
- Georg Philipp Telemann: Fantasie no. 5 in D major from 12 Fantasies for solo viola
2) First Round: two pieces
③ Franz Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata in A minor D821
* The movement to be played will be announced on the morning of each day of the first round.
④ One of the following suites: * To be performed from memory.
3) Second Round: four pieces
⑤ Toru Takemitsu / Toshio Hosokawa (arr.): “A string around autumn” for viola and piano
⑥ Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in C minor (original: Fugue from sonata in G minor, BWV1001) * To be performed from memory.
⑦ Ichiro Nodaira: New work commissioned by the 4th Tokyo International Viola Competition
⑧ One of the following pieces:
- Robert Schumann: Adagio and allegro, op.70
- Robert Schumann: Fantasiestücke, op.73
- Robert Schumann: 3 Romances, op.94
- Robert Schumann: Sonata for violin and piano no.1 in A minor,op.105 : movements 1 and 2
* To be arranged for viola ad libitum by the performer
- Robert Schumann: Märchenbilder op.113
4) Final Round (1): two pieces
⑨ One of the following pieces:
⑩ One of the following pieces:
5) Final Round (2): one piece
⑪ Paul Hindemith: Der Schwanendreher * To be performed from memory.
Applications accepted from this date
Deadline for applications (must be received by this date)
By January 31
Notice of preliminary selection
Deadline for submitting confirmation of participation / payment of participation fees
Registration and rehearsal with official accompanists
May 26 – June 3
Final Round (1) (2)
Workshops for Participants
Gala Concert by Jury Members
June 4 -
Prizewinners’ Gala Concerts
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