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The 6th Sendai International Music Competition (abbreviated as SIMC)

Violin Section Saturday, May 21, 2016 – Sunday, June 5, 2016
Piano Section Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Sunday, June 26, 2016
Venue Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai (Sendai City Youth Cultural Center)
3-27-5, Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref., JapanVenue
Eligibility It is open to candidates of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1988.
Application Deadline The application package must be postmarked no later than November 16, 2015. Application Method
Entry fee JPY10,000
Repertoire Focusing on concertos in the selection of repertoire.Repertoire
Competition Structure The Competition consists of Preliminary, Semifinal and Final Rounds. A Pre-Selection based on documents as well as DVD or video data will be held to decide which Applicants qualify for the Competition.
[1st prize] Cash prize of JPY 3,000,000 ( ≈USD25,641*); 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 ( ≈USD17,094*); Diploma; Silver Medal
[3rd prize] Cash prize of JPY 1,000,000 ( ≈USD8,547*); Diploma; Bronze Medal
[4th prize] Cash prize of JPY 800,000 ( ≈USD6,838*); Diploma
[5th prize] Cash prize of JPY 700,000 ( ≈USD5,983*); Diploma
[6th prize] Cash prize of JPY 600,000 ( ≈USD5,128*); Diploma
* The amount is calculated based on an assumed exchange rate: USD1=JPY117
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 [JPY 50,000] Other [JPY 100,000]
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 (one single room basic room charge and breakfast) expenses 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, Graduate School of SHOBI University
Jury Chairpersons [Violin Section] HORIGOME Yuzuko / [Piano Section] NOJIMA Minoru
There are 11 Jury members in each section(including Jury Chairpersons)
Jury Members
Violin Section Preliminary Round A chamber ensemble consisting of members from the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra (without conductor)
Violin Section/Piano Section, Semifinal and Final Round Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
[Violin Section]
HIROKAMI Junichi (Chief Conductor & Music Advisor of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra)
[Piano Section]
Pascal VERROT (Chief Conductor of the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra)
Others Performance opportunities such as mini-concerts during the Competition period, after completion of the Contestants’ last round
Contact 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:

Organization: Organizers&Supporters


  • Sendai International Music Competition Organizing Committee,
    City of Sendai,
    Sendai Cultural Foundation


  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Miyagi Prefectural Government, Japan Federation of Musicians, Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC), Japan Piano Teachers Association, The Piano Teachers’ National Association of Japan, JAPANESE STRING TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, Nippon Music Foundation, THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS, THE SANKEI SHIMBUN, Asahi Shimbun Sendai General Bureau, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN Tohoku Bureau, NIKKEI Sendai Bureau, KAHOKU SHIMPO PUBLISHING CO., Jiji Press, Ltd., Kyodo News Sendai Regional Office, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Sendai Station, TOHOKU BROADCASTING CO., LTD., Sendai Television Incorporated, MIYAGI Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Higashi Nippon Broadcasting CO., Ltd., FM Sendai, ONGAKU NO TOMO SHA CORP.