Schedule and Application

Guidelines for Masterclass Applications

Application Deadline May 8 (Friday), 2020

Dates July 19 (Sunday) - August 2 (Sunday), 2020:Strings, Piano, Flute, and Chamber Music Master Classes
July 24 (Friday) - August 2 (Sunday), 2020:Horn Master Class

Maine Venue : Kirishima International Concert Hall “Miyama Conseru”

3311-29 Takachiho, Makizono-cho, Kirishima City, Kagoshima, Japan

Symphony Cottage
Takachiho Elementary School
Takachiho Public Hall   etc.

(Master Classes)
■Violin (3 classes)
  • Martin BEAVER
  • Frank-Michael ERBEN
  • Hamao FUJIWARA
■Viola (1 class)
  • Kazuhide ISOMURA
■Cello (1 class)
  • Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI
  • Kangho LEE
■Piano (3 classes)
  • Cyprien KATSARIS
  • Susumu AOYAGI
■Flute (1 class)
  • Henrik WIESE
■Horn (1 class)
  • Takeshi HIDAKA
■Chamber Music
  • Piano / Shigeo NERIKI
  • Violin / Katsuya MATSUBARA
  • Cello / Masahiro TANAKA
(Optional Lessons)
■Chamber Music
  • Piano / Shigeo NERIKI
  • Violin / Katsuya MATSUBARA
  • Cello / Masahiro TANAKA
■Orchestra Study
  • Flute / Henrik WIESE
  • Horn / Takeshi HIDAKA


See the attached sheet



  1. In principle, applicants should be age 16 or over. (Please contact us if you are under 16.)
  2. Applicants (individuals and groups) should be able to stay throughout the period of the entire festival.

Recorded Audition

Students will be selected through recording auditions. Please submit a recording of your performance of any piece that is 10-15 minutes long and was recorded within the past year. Recordings can be submitted in one of the following ways.

  • CD or DVD – On both the case and the disk, be sure to clearly write your name, the name of the piece (in the original language), date/time and location of the recording. Blu-ray discs are not accepted.
  • Please note that recordings, once submitted, will not be returned.
  • Recording/video-recording file – Send an MP3 or MP4 format file as an e-mail attachment, for example. The file name should include the name of the applicant.
  • Video uploaded to YouTube – Write the URL either in the „Notes“ column of the application form, or in the main text of your e-mail. Please make sure that the applicant‘s name can be seen on the YouTube page.

*Violin/Piano classes
Please submit 2 copies of the same recording. (In cases where many requests are received for a specific class, there may be recording auditions for 2nd choice classes.)

*Chamber music class (group)
Please submit a recording of a performance by the applicant together with members of the same group. If a recording of the same group members cannot be provided, please submit recordings of each member.

Tuition Fees

Violin, Viola
Cello, Piano or Flute
118,000 yen (tax included)
Chamber Music
(individual participation)
118,000 yen (tax included)
Chamber Music
(group participation)
Duos (per person): 78,000 yen (tax included)
Trios (per person): 65,000 yen (tax included)
Quartets (per person): 50,000 yen (tax included)
Quintets (per person): 39,000 yen (tax included)
  • For students who take a Solo Class and take the Chamber Music Class at the same time,
    the Chamber Music Class fee will be half of the above amount.

    Example: If a student takes the Violin Class and takes the Chamber Music Class (individual participation) at the same time, the fee will be 118,000 JPY + 59,000 JPY = 177,000 JPY (including tax).
Horn 57,000 yen (tax included)
Optional Lessons
Orchestra Study (Fl & Hr)
6,000 yen (tax included)
Optional lessons
Chamber Music
(Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano)
15,000 yen (tax included)

How to Apply

Please send the application form and the recorded material to the festival office. For a group application for chamber music master classes, please fill out forms for all members and send them together in one envelope and a recording. Applicants who wish to take both classes of solo and chamber music are requested to send an application form for each class (two sets in total.)

Japan Music Foundation JESC
2-1-6 Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0002 Japan

Application Deadline

May 8 (Friday), 2020 (The application must arrive by this date.)

Notification of Results

Each applicant will be notified of the recorded audition result in early to mid June, either by e-mail, post, or fax. An applicant may be asked to change classes, if there are too many applicants for a specific class.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations by successful applicants will not be accepted after remittance of the tuition fee by the specified date. A cancellation fee will be charged for cancellation after remittance due to the student's personal circumstances, regardless of the reason. For details, please see the information for successful applicants.

Student Privileges

Free access to other master classes, rehearsals, and concerts

Students may audit all the master classes and attend some paid concerts and rehearsals given by professors and guest artists, all free of charge. (Students are required to attend specific concerts as part of their lessons.)

Local Transportation

With an ID pass provided by the festival office, students can take route buses from the Miyama Conseru to the hotels free of charge during the festival.

Participation in concerts

Orchestra Concerts

Students in the strings, flute and horn classes may perform in the following concerts. (Professors and guest artists will serve as principal players in each section.)
※Performers of the concert will be decided by selection of the festival professors and artists, not by students request.
String Ensemble Concert
Kirishima Festival Orchestra Concert
Final Concert

Cello Orchestra

All students in the cello class will perform with professors and guest artists in the following concert.

Class Concert

Students in piano and chamber music classes will perform in the class concert held during the festival.

Concerts by Students

Students who are selected by their respective professors will have the opportunity to perform in various concerts, including the “Festival Award Winner’s Concert” and the “Lobby Concerts,” which will be held at nearby facilities.


Inquiries and Application

Japan Music Foundation JESC(Office hours:10:00-18:00 Monday through Friday, without national holiday)

2-1-6 Shibuya Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0002 Japan

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