1. The competition is open to people of all nationalities.
  2. Applicants must have been born between October 25, 1976 and October 26, 1991 (18 - 33 years of age).
  3. Former first-prize winners of this competition are not eligible to compete again.
  1. Complete the attached forms and submit them together with the other required items as listed below:
    1. Application form
    2. Curriculum vitae
    3. Three compositions of choice
    4. Footage materials containing a performance of the applicant conducting, must be recorded on either a VHS tape, a mini-digital video (mini-DV) tape, DVCAM, or DVD (VCD is unacceptable). See the following section “SPECIAL NOTES REGARDING APPLICATION” for details.
    5. Three full-face photographs (5cm x 5cm) of the applicant in either black and white or color, taken within the last 6 months. One of these should be attached to the application form.
    6. Legal evidence of date of birth, or a copy of the legal document is also acceptable.
  2. Falsification of any details will render the entry invalid.
  3. Documents, footage and other material submitted for the application will not be returned.
  4. For further details, please refer to the following section, “Special Notes Regarding Application.”
  1. Curriculum Vitae
    Provide your CV mentioning essential points of your CV and your musical career (such as academic background, names of main teachers whom you studied under, musical activities, competitions you have participated in, etc.) within the space provided in the form.
  2. Compositions of Choice (3 pieces)
    2. Applicants must submit three compositions of choice which he/she wishes to conduct at the finals in accordance with the following conditions:
      These three pieces must be symphonic or orchestral music with no more than three players for each wind instrument and six players for percussion (including timpani), and not contain instrumental solo, a vocal solo, or a chorus.
    3. These three pieces should not overlap with the required pieces specified in the “JUDGING PROCEDURES FOR REQUIRED PIECES AND PIECES OF CHOICE” for the first and second preliminary rounds and the finals.
    4. For these three pieces, state both the original title and the English title (for Japanese applicants, state the Japanese title), the name of the composer, the opus number and the edition name.
  3. Footage material
    1. The following piece must be recorded.
      Beethoven: Egmont Overture (entire piece)
    2. The footage should contain a performance of the applicant conducting.
      Both the conductor and the musicians playing should be framed together in the footage. Footage with the conductor being filmed from among the musicians is desirable.
    3. The recording must be made with NTSC television system on either a VHS tape, a mini-digital video (mini-DV) tape, a DVCAM tape, or a DVD disc (VCD is unacceptable). However, if the conversion to NTSC system is difficult, VHS or DVD for PAL system or VHS for SECAM system are accepted.
      d. State the date recorded in the designated form. However, it must be a
    4. State the date recorded in the designated form. However, it must be a footage recorded on January 1, 2004 or later.
    5. The formation may be any of the following:
      1) Symphony orchestra
      2) Chamber orchestra
      3) Ensemble
      4) Two or more pianos
    6. Min-On will guarantee that this footage material is only for the use in the “Screening of Documents and Footages,” and will not be used for any other purposes.
    7. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make prior arrangements in the areas of copyright, portrayal or performance fees if any.
    8. Please note that the submitted footage material will not be returned.
  1. Applications must be submitted between January 30, 2009 (FRI.) and May 1, 2009 (FRI.).
  2. If applicants wish to submit the application in person, they may do so between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., excluding Saturdays, Sundays and the Japanese national holidays.
  3. Applications by mail must reach the Competition Office by May 1, 2009 (the closing date for entries) to be valid.

Application Form

  • Candidates must send all required documents and items (A-F) to:
  • Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting Competition Office
  • c/o Min-On Concert Association
  • 8 Shinano-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8588, Japan
  • Tel: +81-3-5362-3420
  • Fax: +81-3-5362-3411
  • E-mail:
  • Competition Office Staff:
    Tsuneyoshi Kuchinaka, Yukio Kobayashi, Maki Horie, Chiaki Ikeda, Daijo Matsushima,
    Hideo Nakamura, Koichi Samata, Ritsuko Akiyama
  1. The Nominating Committee is formed within the Organizing Committee.
    They will decide who is eligible to participate in the first preliminary round based upon their screening of the documents and footage materials submitted by the applicants.
    <The Nominating Committee>
    Chairperson: Yuzo Toyama
    Committee Members: Kazuo Mae, Tadaaki Otaka, Yukinori Tezuka, Toshiaki Umeda
    (Alphabetical Order No Honoritic)
  2. Each applicant will be notified of the results via a letter and Email by August 15, 2009.
  3. Details of the initial screening will not be officially announced.