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9th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa has finished.
10th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition & Festa will take place in 2020.

Registration announcement will be posted on the website of Japan Chamber Music Foundation.




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/ Saturday May 13 – Wednesday May17, and Saturday May 20 /

One of the Most Prestigious Chamber Music Competitions in the World
with the Section I -String Quartet and the Section II -Wind Ensembles
Competing the Art of Chamber Music

The Osaka International Chamber Music Competition was first held in 1993 since then the triennial event ‘has become one the of the world’s leading String Quartet competitions alongside those held in Banff, London and Reggio Emilia’ (The Strad August issue 2011).
Celebrating the art of chamber music, the foundation has been encouraging emerging musicians from all over the world to exchange their performances, musical ideas, and repertoires, providing opportunities and career development.
First Prize – 3,000,000 yen, Second Prize – 1,500,000 yen, Third Prize – 1,000,000
/ Thursday May 18, Friday May 19, and Sunday May 21 /

No Restrictions to Ages and Repertoires, Judged by General Audiences,
Unparalleled Musical Event in the World

The Osaka International Chamber Music Festa is the incomparable musical competition with no age and nationality requirements, no specific repertoire or style limitations, ranging from classical, jazz, film, and/or ethnical music. Ensembles consisting of two to six members can play any musical instrument of their choice. The first prize “Menuhin Gold Prize” was fist awarded in 1999 for an ensemble with the best performance in the Festa, being established to commemorate the achievements of the violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, who served as the Honorary Artistic Director from the first to the third Competition & Festa.
Menuhin Gold Prize – 2,000,000 yen, Silver Prize – 1,000,000 yen,
Bronze Prize – 600,000, Folkloric Music Special Prize – 300,000 yen



Aizuri Quartet
Viano String Quartet
Eliot Quartett
Thaleia Quartet
Maxwell Quartet
Marmen Quartet
Ulysses Quartet

Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI Japan/Cello
Studied at Toho Gakuen Music School for Children and at Toho Gakuen Music High School with Hideo Saito, Prof. Tsutsumi moved to United States in 1961 to study at Indiana University under János Starker. He was awarded the highest prizes at the Munich and at the International Casals Competition both in 1963. Frequently sits on the juries of International Music Competitions such as the Rostropovich Cello Competition and the ARD International Music Competition, taught at Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University and served as president of Toho Gakuen School of Music, Mr. Tsutsumi is currently The president of the Suntory Hall and is a member of Japan Art Academy. In 2013, he was awarded the Person of Cultural Merit.
Promoting the art of chamber music to the general audience and encouraging young ensembles providing special opportunities in developing their career, we have established the Osaka Chamber Music Horizon sharing people these enlightening and inspiring events alongside the 9th Competition and Festa.
The previous Competition & Festa was live streamed with a buzz of excitement capturing audience’s attention to the future career development of the participants. The 9th Competition & Festa will be likewise live streamed on YouTube this time for music lovers around the globe on all performances presented in Izumi Hall, accessible from our website at here during the event from Saturday, May 13 to Sunday, May 21. Check it out!
Taking this opportunities of having world-renowned musicians as the jury for our 9th Competition, Mr. Claude Delangle and Mr. Martin Beaver will pass on their experience and musical guidance to selected saxophone quartets and string quartets in their masterclasses. Admission is open to the public. Those who wish to observe, Fill in your name, address, e-mail address and the date you want to attend (13th saxophone quartet, 14th string quartet) and send us by e-mail to osaka-comp@jcmf.or.jp by Wednesday, April 26.
Claude Delangle Masterclasses for Saxophone Quartets
Saturday, May 13 2:30pm - 8:00pm
The Phoenix Hall, Osaka
Martin Beaver Masterclasses for String Quartets
Sunday, May 14 2:30pm - 8:00pm
The Phoenix Hall, Osaka
For outstanding young ensembles under 30 years old (maximum four ensembles to each section)
Admissions free (application required)
*Application reception has ended.


Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi; the chairman of the Competition, Michel Lethiec; one of the most eminent clarinetist in the world, and Quartet Excelsior; the second prize winner of the 2nd Osaka International Chamber Music Competition will present Franz Schubert’s final & finest chamber work, the String Quintet in C major and W.A. Mozart’s Quintet in A major for Clarinet and Strings, K.581, both generally regarded as one of the most admired of the composers’ works. We hope you will enjoy these supreme works in all chamber music.
Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Izumi Hall, Osaka
Admissions: Adult ¥5,000 (Advanced Ticket ¥4,000); Senior (over 60) ¥2,500; Student ¥2,500



フェスタ 一般審査員各々100名募集中!
The selection of the Osaka International Chamber Music Festa will be processed by hundreds of volunteer music lovers because of its nature of the Festa that is no limitations on musical genre, instruments, and age. We want you as a general audience to join us in discovering promising ensembles from all over the world by appreciating the chamber music.A QUO card worth ¥2,000 will be provided per person per day to all audience jury in compensation.
*Application reception has ended.
  • Audience Jury for Preliminary Rounds
    There are 18 ensembles performing the Preliminary Rounds for 2 days on Thursday 18 and Friday 19. You as an audience jury will select 3 ensembles out of 9 ensembles totaling 6 ensembles advancing to the Semi Final Round.
  • Audience Jury for Semi Final and Final Rounds
    There are 6 ensembles performing the Semi Final Round. You will select 3 winners advancing to the Final Round and will judge the prizes for those three winners.
  • Qualifications
    Any person over 18 years of age with no specific occupation and previous musical training required but with concert etiquette including courteous to others in the venue.
  • How to Apply
    Fill in your name, address, age, and the date you want to be an audience jury (Thursday 18, Friday 19 for the Preliminary Round, or Sunday 21 for the Final Rounds) on the application form, linked below, and send us by post, fax, or e-mail at the address shown at the bottom of this site. (Applications for more than one date will be acceptable.) The application form must reach us by Saturday, April 15.

    2-2-33, Shiromi Chuo-ku,Osaka 540-8510 JAPAN
    e-mail: osaka-comp@jcmf.or.jp
    Fax: 06-6947-2198

コンクール第1部門 Competition Section I / コンクール第2部門 Competition Section II / フェスタ Festa / スペシャル・コンサート Special Concert
Date / Time / Section / Ensembles / Notes /
13 SAT 11:00-20:30 コンクール第1部門 Preliminary 8 Selection by Jury
14 SUN 11:00-19:30 コンクール第2部門Preliminary 9 Selection by Jury
15 MON 11:00-19:30 コンクール第1部門Preliminary 7 Selection by Jury
16 TUE 11:00-18:30 コンクール第2部門Preliminary 8 Selection by Jury
17 WED 11:00-18:30 コンクール第1部門 Preliminary 5 Selection by Jury
18 THUR 10:30-17:00 フェスタ Preliminary Group A 9 Selection by General Audience
19 FRI 10:30-17:00


フェスタ Preliminary Group B

スペシャル・コンサートSpecial Concert
9 Selection by General Audience
20 SAT 11:00-19:30 コンクール第1部門 コンクール第2部門 Final Rounds 3&4 Selection by Jury
21 SUN 10:30-14:30


フェスタSemi Final

フェスタ Final

Award Ceremony


Selection by General Audience
22 MON 14:00-16:30




フェスタ Winner’s Concert, Matinee

フェスタ Winner’s Concert, Soiree


2nd & 3rd Prize Winners

1st Prize Winners

23 TUE 19:00-21:00 コンクール第1部門 コンクール第2部門Winner’s Concert in Tokyo 2 1st prize winners


ADMISSIONS / TICKET SALES Friday March 17, 2017


Preliminary Rounds: ¥1,000 for all available seat and ¥800 for an advance ticket, per day.
Semi Final and Final Rounds: ¥2,000 for all available seat and ¥1,500 for an advance ticket, per day. Seat reservation is not required. First-come, first-served base.
Winner’s Concerts (Osaka and Tokyo): ¥3,000 for all available seat and ¥2,000 for an advance ticket, per day. Reserved seats only.
Special Concert: ¥5,000 for all available seat and ¥4,000 for an advance ticket, per day. Reserved seats only.

* Admissions for seniors and students are half the price of the general admissions.
* The tickets for seniors and students will not be purchased through Ticket PIA.
* Pre-school children are not permitted to attend.



Izumi Hall: http://www.izumihall.jp/ 06-6944-1188(10:00am - 5:30pm Closed on Sundays and National Holidays)
Osaka Artists Agency: http://www.oaa1985.com 06-6135-0503(10:00am - 6:00pm Mondays to Fridays)
Ticket PIA: http://t.pia.jp/ 0570-02-9999
The Toppan Hall (Tokyo):http://www.toppanhall.com  03-5840-2222

* Ticket PIA sells tickets only for the special concert on Friday May 19 and the winners concerts (matinee and soiree) on Monday May 22.

Saturday May 13 - Monday May 22, 2017


Sumitomo Seimei OBP Plaza Bldg.
1-4-70, Shiromi, Chuo-ku,
Osaka 540-0001 JAPAN

  • By Train or Subway
  • JR Loop Line: From Osakajo-Koen Station towards Kyobashi with JR rail on the right, 5 minutes’ walk
  • JR Tozai Line: From Kyobashi Station South Exit, cross the connecting pedestrian bridge and go straight to the south, 10 minutes’ walk
  • Keihan Line: From Kyobashi Station Katamachi Exit through OBP promenade, 15 minutes’ walk
  • Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line: From Osaka Business Park Station Exit No.1 toward east along the river, 10 minutes’ walk

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


1-3-3 Suido, Bunkyo-ku
Tokyo, 112-0005 JAPAN

  • By Train or Subway
  • JR Iidabashi Station: about a 13-minute walk:
    JR Sobu Line (East exit); Yurakucho, Tozai, Namboku, Oedo Subway Lines (Exit B1)
  • Edogawabashi Station: about an 8-minute walk:
    Yurakucho Subway Line (Exit #4)
  • Korakuen Station: about a10-minute walk
    Marunouchi, Namboku Subway Lines (Exit #1)


Japan Chamber Music Foundation


Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka-shi, Kansai Economic Federation, Japan Federation of Musicians, Izumi Hall, Osaka Business Park, Yomiuri Shimbun


AEON 1% Club Foundation, Iwatani Corporation, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd, KAJIMA CORPORATION, Kinden Corporation, SUNTORY HOLDINGS LIMITED, SUMITOMO LIFE, DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, Ltd, TOSHIBA, Japan Tabaco Inc., House Foods Group Inc., Hihakaikensa Co., Ltd., FUJITEC CO., LTD., WEST JAPAN RAILWAY COMPANY