Sendai International Music Competition

The 7th Competition

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The 7th Sendai International Music Competition (abbreviated as SIMC)

Piano Section Saturday, May 25, 2019 – Sunday, June 9, 2019
Violin Section Saturday, June 15, 2019 – Sunday, June 30, 2019
Venue Hitachi Systems Hall Sendai (Sendai City Youth Cultural Center)
3-27-5, Asahigaoka, Aoba-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Pref., Japan Venue
Organizers Sendai International Music Competition Organizing Committee
City of Sendai
Sendai Cultural Foundation
Eligibility It is open to candidates of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1991.
Application Period The application package is accepted from June 14, 2018 through November 14, 2018 (Application by post must be postmarked no later than November 14, 2018. Online application must be completed by November 14, 2018, 12 o’clock midnight (Japan time)).
Application Method
Entry fee JPY10,000 (=USD89*)
Repertoire Focusing on concertos in the selection of repertoire. Piano Section Violin Section
Application Method Application documents and video data or DVD containing the Applicant’s performance of the repertoire pieces must be submitted.
Competition Structure The Competition consists of Preliminary, Semifinal and Final Rounds. A Pre-Selection based on documents as well as on video data or DVD will be held to decide which Applicants qualify for the Competition.
[1st prize] Cash prize of JPY 3,000,000 (=USD26,786*); 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 (=USD17,857*); Diploma; Silver Medal
[3rd prize] Cash prize of JPY 1,000,000 (=USD8,929*); Diploma; Bronze Medal
[4th prize] Cash prize of JPY 800,000 (=USD7,143*); Diploma
[5th prize] Cash prize of JPY 700,000 (=USD6,250*); Diploma
[6th prize] Cash prize of JPY 600,000 (=USD5,357*); Diploma
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] JPY50,000 (=USD446*) [Other] JPY100,000 (=USD893*)
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 expenses (one single room basic room charge and breakfast) 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, Shobi University
Jury Chairpersons [Piano Section] NOJIMA Minoru / [Violin Section] HORIGOME Yuzuko
Violin Section Preliminary Round An orchestra consisting of members from the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Yamagata Symphony Orchestra (without conductor)
Violin / Piano Section,
Semifinal and Final Round
Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra
Piano Section HIROKAMI Junichi (Chief Conductor & Music Advisor of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra)
Violin Section TAKASEKI Ken (Resident Conductor of 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:

*Calculated based on the exchange rate of 10 Jan. 2018 (USD1=JPY112)


  • 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(PTNA)
  • Nippon Music Foundation
  • Asahi Shimbun Sendai General Bureau
  • NIKKEI Sendai Bureau
  • THE SANKEI SHIMBUN Tohoku Bureau
  • Jiji Press Sendai Regional Office
  • Kyodo News Sendai Regional Office
  • NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Sendai Station
  • Sendai Television Incorporated
  • MIYAGI Television Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
  • Higashi Nippon Broadcasting CO. Ltd.
  • FM Sendai