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Frequently Asked Questions

Guidelines and Application Forms

Questions : The Guidelines state that eligibility is given to candidates of all nationalities who were born on or after January 1, 1991. Is there a minimum age limit?
Ask : No.
Questions : Do I need to submit a recommendation letter from my teacher?
Ask : No, you don’t.
Questions : Is there any way to check if my application package of documents, DVD, etc. which I sent by post are received at the Secretariat?
Ask : The Secretariat sends an E-mail message to acknowledge receipt of the application package.
If you do not receive this E-mail message even 10 days after your submission, please contact the Secretariat.
Questions : I don’t know how to upload the video data.
Ask : First of all, online application must be fully completed. Within 3 days after the completion of online application (within 24 hours on or after November 12, 2018), the SIMC Secretariat will send a message to your E-mail address given by you at the time of your online application. This E-mail message from the Secretariat will provide you with an individual link for uploading your video data.
Information on how to upload is also included in this E-mail message, so please read it carefully and proceed with uploading. You can send a file up to 5 GB and there is no restriction on the number of files for uploading.


Questions : Piano Section: For uploading the video data or sending the DVD containing my performance of the repertoire pieces for the Pre-Selection, is it acceptable to do recordings on different days at several different recording venues? 
Ask : Yes, it is acceptable.
(For the Violin Section, all pieces of the Applicant’s choice from the repertoire must be recorded on the same day at the same venue.)
Questions : Piano Section: In regard to the video data to be uploaded or the DVD to be submitted for the Pre-Selection, the Guidelines state that the performance duration must not exceed 45 minutes in total. Is there a minimum limit for the recording duration?
Ask : No.
Questions : Piano Section: As to ②, we are asked to play “One of the following pieces by Chopin: Etudes op.10 or Etudes op.25”. Are we supposed to count all twelve pieces of op.10 or of op.25 as one? Do we have to record all twelve pieces of the op.10 or of the op.25?
Ask : No. Please select one piece to play from the twenty-four pieces (total of the op.10 and the op.25).
Questions : When I prepare a DVD for the Pre-Selection, may I record the pieces into separate tracks (not all the pieces in one track)?
Ask : Yes, you may record each piece onto individual track.
Questions : When will the Pre-Selection results be sent out?
Ask : Results of the Pre-Selection are scheduled to be sent out to all the applicants by Friday, February 15, 2019. The result will also be posted on the official website of the SIMC by the same day.

Preliminary Round through the Final Round

Questions : Piano Section: In regards to the Preliminary Round, is it acceptable to perform the same pieces which I performed for the Pre-Selection?
Ask : Yes, it is acceptable.
Questions : If I am unable to register at the place and time designated by the Secretariat, is it possible for a proxy to register on behalf?
Ask : No. The Contestant himself/herself MUST register in person.
Questions : Will the Secretariat provide opportunities to practice during the Competition?
Ask : The following practice opportunities shall be provided free of charge during the Competition.
  1. 1. For the Piano Section:
    A room equipped with a piano for the hours below, starting from the day after the Registration date.
    Preliminary Round Contestants Four hours a day
    Semifinalists Eight hours a day
    Finalists Twelve hours a day
  2. 2. For the Violin Section:
    One rehearsal with the orchestra prior to the Preliminary Round. As a rule, rehearsal time will be limited to 40 minutes.
  3. 3. For both Sections:
    One rehearsal with an orchestra in the Semifinal and Final Rounds. As a rule, rehearsal time (including the briefing with the conductor) will be limited to as below:
For Semifinalists of both sections One hour
For Finalists of both sections 80 minutes


Questions : I was told that an invitation letter is required at the time of application to obtain a Japanese Visa to enter Japan.
Ask : The Secretariat will send you an invitation letter upon request. It may take a while to prepare and send the invitation letter, so please contact the Secretariat as early as possible.
Questions : How many applicants pass each stage?
Ask : The number of people who pass each judging round for each section is as follows:
Pre-Selection approximately 36
Preliminary Round 12
Semifinal Round 6