Schedule and Application

Guidelines for Masterclass Applications

Dates July 22 (Sunday) - August 5 (Sunday), 2018:Strings, Piano, Flute, Vocal and Chamber Music Master Classes
July 27 (Friday) - August 5 (Sunday), 2018:Trumpet and Horn Master Classes
Venues Kirishima International Concert Hall “Miyama Conseru”
Symphony Cottage
Takachiho Elementary School
Takachiho Public Hall   etc.
(Master Classes)
■Violin (3 classes)
  • Pierre AMOYAL
  • Hamao FUJIWARA
  • Tomoko KATO
■Viola (1 class)
  • Mazumi TANAMURA
■Cello (1 class)
  • Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI
  • Kangho LEE
■Piano (3 classes)
  • Cyprien KATSARIS
  • Kei ITOH
■Flute (1 class)
  • Shigenori KUDOU / Assistant: Kazuhiro IWASA
■Trumpet (1 class)
■Horn (1 class)
  • Takeshi HIDAKA
■Vocal (1 class/Any voices are welcome)
  • Andrea ROST
■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: Shigenori KUDOU / Assistant: Kazuhiro IWASA
  • Trumpet / Osamu TAKAHASHI
  • 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 Japanese and the original language), date/time and location of the recording. Blu-ray discs are not accepted.
  • 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
In cases where many requests are received for a specific class, there may be recording auditions for 2nd choice classes. Therefore, if you submit your recording as a CD or DVD, please submit 2 copies of the same recording. If you do not have a 2nd choice, please write only your 1st choice on the application form and send 1 copy of the recording.

*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, Flute, or Vocal Music
98,000 yen (tax included)
Chamber Music
(individual participation)
98,000 yen (tax included)
Chamber Music
(group participation)
Duos (per person): 62,000 yen (tax included)
Trios (per person): 52,000 yen (tax included)
Quartets (per person): 40,000 yen (tax included)
Quintets (per person): 31,000 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 98,000 JPY + 49,000 JPY = 147,000 JPY (including tax).
Horn or Trumpet 47,000 yen (tax included)
Optional Lessons
(Orchestra Study/
Chamber Music)
5,000 yen (tax included)
  • Scholarships are available.

How to Apply

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

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

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Application Deadline

May 11 (Friday), 2018 (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. 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 the paid concerts except for some and rehearsals given by professors and festival artists, all free of charge. (Students are required to attend specific concerts as part of their lessons.)
July 22 (Sunday) Opening Concert (Vc: Tsuyoshi TSUTSUMI, Pf: Mami HAGIWARA)
July 26 (Thursday), 28 (Saturday), 29 (Sunday) Music Promenade Series
August 1 (Wednesday) Kirishima Festival Orchestra Concert (Cond: Sascha GOETZEL)
※The bus fare to the Houzan Hall is required separately.
August 5 (Sunday) Final Concert (Cond: Sascha GOETZEL Soprano: Andrea ROST)
※The concerts that may be attended will be above.
※You need to make a reservation of the tickets in advance.

Participation in concerts

Orchestra Concerts

Students in the strings, flute, trumpet 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.
※Please note that the request may not necessarily be accommodated.
July 28 (Saturday) Music Promenade, String Ensemble
August 1 (Wednesday) Kirishima Festival Orchestra Concert
August 5 (Sunday) Final Concert

Cello Orchestra

All students in the cello class will perform with professors and guest artists in the following concert.
July 28 (Saturday) Cello Orchestra

Chamber Music Class Concert

Students in chamber music classes will rehearse with professors and guest artists and perform in the “Chamber Music Class Concert” held during the festival.

Vocal Music Class Concert

Students in vocal classes will perform in the “Vocal Music 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 “Kirishima International Music 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: 10:00­18:00 Monday through Friday, without national holiday)

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

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