About the Competition

THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN in Tokyo

“THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN” was founded under the idea originated by our former chairman, Norio Ohga (1930-2011), who had been intrigued with the innocent and comforting sound of the oboe and had advocated its importance as the instrument that could determine the quality of an entire orchestra and we, Sony Music Foundation, had been presenting it every three years since 1985. It is aimed to promote the true artistic value of oboe, as well as to contribute to the development of the culture of music with an international perspective by discovering and fostering talented musicians and help them expand their scope of activities in both Japan and abroad. The first seven competitions were held in Tokyo. The venue was changed to Karuizawa, Nagano for the next four competitions, the 11th competition being the most recent. The 12th competition will be held in Tokyo for nine days from September 29 through October 7, 2018.

It has established its recognition as an international competition unique in the world as solely dedicated to the oboe, with past winners going on to become international figures obtaining principal and solo positions at world renowned orchestras, such as L'Orchestre National de Lyon, Tetra Communal did Bologna, Orchestra de Paris, Filharmonie Brno, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, London Symphony Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra to name a few.

“THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN in Tokyo” is the member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions.

Masaru KATO
Chairman
THE 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo Committee
(Chairman of Sony Music Foundation)

Schedule / Venue

THE 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo

Dates

Period for application February 15 (Thu) - March 13 (Tue), 2018 [must arrive by this date, Japan time]
Preliminary Screening with recorded materials April 2018(closed to the public)
Registration September 26 (Wed), 2018

(Following rounds are all open to the public)

First Round Start at 10 a.m.
September 29 (Sat) and 30 (Sun), 2018
(Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall)
◇Results announcement September 30 (Sun), 2018
Second Round Start at 11 a.m.
October 2 (Tue), 3 (Wed) and 4 (Thu), 2018
(Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall)
◇Results announcement October 4 (Thu), 2018
Final Round Start at 10 a.m.
October 6 (Sat), 2018
(Kioi Hall)
Award Presentation Ceremony Start at 6 p.m.
October 6 (Sat), 2018
(Kioi Hall)
Prize Winners & Jury Concert Start at 2 p.m.(Door Open at 12 p.m.)
October 7 (Sun), 2018
(Kioi Hall)

Venue

First & Second Round Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall http://www.operacity.jp/en/
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 163-1403 Japan
Final Round & Concert Kioi Hall http://www.kioi-hall.or.jp/en/
6-5, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0094 Japan

Committees

Committees of “The 12th International Oboe Competition of Japan 2018 in Tokyo”
Management Committee

Chairman

Masaru KATO (Chairman of Sony Music Foundation)

Committee Members

Shigenobu KARUBE (Chief and Secretary General, Secretariat) (Executive Managing Director of Sony Music Foundation)
Ken-ichi FURUBE
Yoshiaki OBATA
Masaru YOSHIDA

Adjudication Committee

Jury Chairman

Hansjorg SCHELLENBERGER (Oboist, conductor)

Members of Jury

Maurice BOURGUE (Oboist)
Ken-ichi FURUBE (Principal Oboist - New Japan Philharmonic)
Gordon HUNT (Principal Oboe - London Chamber Orchestra, former Principal Oboe - Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor)
Yoshiaki OBATA (Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts)
Dwight PARRY (Principal oboist - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)
Masaru YOSHIDA (Principal Bassoonist - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo)
(in alphabetical order)

Secretariat

Secretariat of THE 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo

c/o Sony Music Foundation
Address: SME‐Rokubancho Bldg. 4‐5, Rokubancho, Chiyoda‐ku, Tokyo 102‐8353 JAPAN
Phone: +81‐(0)3‐3515‐5261 (10:00 - 18:00 Japan time, on weekdays)
E–mail: smf@sonymusic.co.jp
Please note: Any inquiries from abroad will only be accepted via e‐mail.

Prizes and Awards

First Prize [Ohga Award]

Certificate / cash prize of JPY1,300,000 / trophy

[Ohga Award]
In honor of the late Norio Ohga (former chairman of Sony Music Foundation [1930-2011]), the first prize has been named after him from the 10th Competition.

Second Prize

Certificate / cash prize of JPY700,000

Third Prize

Certificate / cash prize of JPY300,000

If there are more than two winners for the same prize, the Committee will revise the amount of the cash prize at its own discretion.
If no one is deemed qualified, the relevant place will be left vacant.

Honorable Mention

Certificate / cash prize of JPY100,000

This will be given to all finalists other than the winners of the top three prizes.

Audience Award

Certificate

Encouragement Award

Certificate

The jury will choose one contestant with Japanese citizenship for this award.
If no one is deemed qualified, the relevant place will be left vacant.
The winner will be given an opportunity to perform in a concert by the end of the next Competition.

Sony Award

Commemorative gift

The Sony Corporation will give all finalists a commemorative gift.

Other prizes and awards, such as a Special Award, may be offered.
The amounts of cash prizes mentioned above are inclusive of taxes according to the tax laws of Japan.

Jury

Jury Chairman

Jury

Official Accompanists

Piano

Harpsichord

String Trio

Conductor

Orchestra

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