Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

In der Tokyo Opera City Konzerthalle wird alljährlich unter dem Motto „Prayer, Hope and Peace” der Toru Takemitsu Composition Award vergeben. Dabei handelt es sich um einen musikalischen Wettbewerb, bei dem es Preisgelder zu gewinnen gibt. Im Jahr 2017 haben 115 TeilnehmerInnen aus insgesamt 36 Nationen teilgenommen, worunter auch ein Teilnehmer aus Österreich war. Die Frist sich für den Bewerb 2018 zu bewerben, läuft noch bis zum 29. September 2017.

Framework of the AwardFramework of the Award

The orchestral composition competition will take place in the following years. Young composers from all over the world are urged to submit their newly created works during their preferred competition year (may enter multiple years).

Judges

2018 Unsuk Chin (Korea)
2019 Philippe Manoury (France)
2020 Thomas Adès (United Kingdom)
2021 Pascal Dusapin (France)

Judgement

Preliminary Screening: The judge will screen the submitted scores and select a certain number of works to be performed.

Final Selection: Those works selected during the preliminary screening will be performed in concert (“Final Concert”) at the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall: Takemitsu Memorial, and the year’s award will be decided by the judge following the performance (see [Final Concert and Other Information]).

Award

Cash Award: Cash Award: the total sum of 3,000,000 Yen, each year.The judge may withhold the prize (i.e. in absence of a suitable entry) or divide the prize among multiple entries.The composers whose works are selected to be performed at the final selection will be invited to attend the concert.

Competition Procedure

Eligible scores

Compositions for orchestra in any format except concerto, within the following instrumentation and to be performed with one conductor.Scores that have been published, performed in public concert or commercially recorded before “Final Concert” are not eligible.

Instrumentation (Maximum)

Flute 3 (may double on piccolo or alto flute)

Oboe 3 (may double on English horn)

Clarinet 3 (may double on E-flat or bass clarinet)

Bassoon 3 (may double on double bassoon)

Horn 4

Trumpet 3

Trombone 3

Tuba 1

Extra wind 1 (one extra wind not listed above may be included)

Harp 2

Keyboard 2 players (may include piano(s), celesta, synthesizer)

Percussion 4 players (including Timpani)

Violin 30

Viola 12

Cello 10

Double Bass 8

  • A change in instrumentation may be requested if unusual wind / percussion instruments are used.
  • Any keyboard used (synthesizers included) must be easily available in Japan. If a specific model is required, please consult with the secretariat beforehand.
  • Any applicant requiring inclusion of a keyboard or synthesizer must provide their own programmed sample and tone data, compatible with the model being used.
  • Computer-based synthesizers, including software synthesizers, may be included but the keyboard player must be able to play the instrument from a piano-style keyboard. The applicant must also prepare the computer, software and interface.
  • Use of real-time electric amplification / modulation, or accompaniment by recorded sound tape / CD playing is not permitted.
Duration

No shorter than 10 minutes nor longer than 20 minutes.

Qualified applicants

Any person, regardless of nationality, who is not over 35 years old at the end of the year of the application deadlines.

Application Deadlines

For the year 2018 Friday, 29 September 2017

For the year 2019 Friday, 28 September 2018

For the year 2020 Monday, 30 September 2019

For the year 2021 Wednesday, 30 September 2020

  • The Piece with the application form must be delivered to the following office by the above dates.
  • Receipt of entries on the last day will close at 6:00 p.m. (Japan time).
How to apply

Please submit 2 copies of the bound score, together with a completed application form to the following office.

Download the application

[Toru Takemitsu Composition Award] Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-1403 , JAPAN
Tel ; +81 3 5353 0770
Fax ; +81 3 5353 0771

Entry fee

Free

Further remarks
  1. Only one entry allowed per person.
  2. Scores that have been published, performed in public concert or commercially recorded are not eligible.
  3. The title of the submitted piece should appear on the scores; however the composer’s name should not appear. (Scores will be screened anonymously)
  4. Only bound scores are acceptable for submission.
  5. Alterations are not permitted after entry. However, a change may be requested if the judge or conductor concludes the score includes a problem in terms of practical performance.
  6. Written instructions, indications etc. must be in English, French, German, or Italian.
  7. Submitted scores will not be returned.

Final Concert and Other Information

Final Concert Dates

The year 2018: Sunday, 27 May 2018

The year 2019: Sunday, 26 May 2019

The year 2020: Sunday, 31 May 2020

The year 2021: Sunday, 30 May 2021

Performers

The conductor and orchestra to perform the final selections each year will be designated by Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation.

Selected composers
  1. Will be invited to attend the concert premiere of their works. Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation will cover necessary expenses for their transportation to and lodging in Tokyo, according to the following terms:
    Overseas residents: Round trip airfare (economy class) to / from Tokyo, transportation cost between the airport and hotel, and accommodation at a specified hotel for up to 5 nights.
    Domestic residents: Transportation cost between their city of residence and Tokyo, and accommodation at a specified hotel for up to 5 nights.
  2. Shall be responsible for submitting their biographies, photos and program notes to the sponsor, free of charge. In addition, if requested, they shall participate in workshops and other events in connection with the performance of their works.
Performing materials

Performance materials of the selected scores will be prepared by and be afterwards kept in the custody of Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation. In the case the materials for a selected score are made up by the composer’s publisher, Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation will be offered the use of such materials for the performance for a reasonable rental fee to be determined by mutual agreement.

Link:
Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall