Judging Committee
JUDGING GUIDELINES
  1. The competition is divided into three parts: the first and the second preliminary rounds and the finals.
  2. The schedule of the competition is outlined in the next section.
  3. All three parts of the competition will be open to the public.
DATES, VENUES AND ORCHESTRAS
  • FIRST PRELIMINARY ROUND (TOKYO)
  • October 26, 2009 (Mon.)
  • Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
  • New Japan Philharmonic
  • SECOND PRELIMINARY ROUND (TOKYO)
  • October 28 (Wed.) and October 29 (Thu), 2009
  • Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
  • New Japan Philharmonic
  • FINALS (TOKYO)
  • November 1, 2009 (Sun.)
  • Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
  • New Japan Philharmonic
    Tokyo Symphony Orchestra
JUDGING PROCEDURES FOR REQUIRED PIECES AND COMPOSITIONS OF CHOICE
  1. First Preliminary Round (Orchestra Conducting)
    < Required pieces>
    *Beethoven: Symphonie No.4, op.60, the first movement,
        (Bärenreiter edition)
    *Weber: Overture from Opera “ Oberon” (Breitkopf & Härtel edition)
  2. Second Preliminary Round (Orchestra Conducting)
    <Required pieces>
    *Stravinsky: Symphony in C (Boosey & Hawkes edition)
    *Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole ( Durand edition)
    *Toru Takemitsu: I Hear the Water Dreaming (Schott edition)
  3. Finals (Orchestra Conducting)
    <Required piece>
    *Mendelssohn: Overture “Ruy Blas”, op.32 (Breitkopf & Härtel edition)
     
Compositions of Choice

- The piece to be conducted will be chosen by the Organizing Committee from the three compositions of choice submitted at the time of application by the contestants while complying with the conditions that, “These 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.”

Notes on the Composition:
Up to one saxophone is acceptable. One each of piano, celesta and organ is accepted, as well as up to two players on each of these instruments. However, harpsichord is not accepted. Up to two harps are acceptable.

- Contestants will be informed which composition(s) of choice to conduct after the announcement of the results of the second preliminary round.

Note: Order of Appearance

For the first and second preliminary rounds, the Organizing Committee will draw lots to decide the order of appearance. The order of appearance for the finals will be decided by lots drawn by each finalist following the announcement of the results of the second preliminary round.

PARTICIPATION FEE
  1. The candidates selected for the first preliminary round based on their documents and footages are requested to pay the participation fee at the time of registration.
    The participation fee is 20,000 yen. (It must be paid with cash in Japanese yen.)
REGISTRATION
  1. All contestants participating in the first preliminary round must assemble at the time and place indicated below to complete the registration procedures.

    First Preliminary Round (Tokyo)
    Date: October 25, 2009 (Sun.)
    Time: 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
    Place: Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo

    1. Passages for the required piece to be conducted will be announced.
    2. The competition schedules and the order of appearance will be also announced.
    3. Contestants must pay the participation fee.
    4. Contestants from overseas will receive a subsidy to cover the cost of international airfare.
  2. Contestants who will participate in the second preliminary round must assemble at the time and place indicated below to complete the necessary procedures.

    Second Preliminary Round (Tokyo)
    Date: October 27, 2009 (Tues.)
    Time: 3:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
    Place: Min-On Culture Center in Tokyo

    1. Passages for the required piece to be conducted in the second preliminary round will be announced.
    2. The competition schedules and the order of appearance will be also announced.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE RESULTS
  1. First preliminary round: The results will be posted in the competition hall following the competition on Monday, October 26.
  2. Second preliminary round: The results will be posted in the competition hall following the competition on Thursday, October 29.
  3. Finals: The results will be announced at the Awards Presentation Ceremony following the finals on Sunday, November 1. 
AWARDS PRESENTATION CEREMONY
  1. The Awards Presentation Ceremony will be held in the competition hall following the finals.
  2. It is imperative that all finalists be present at this ceremony.
AWARDS
  1. The judges will give three awards: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prizes, and Honorable Mention titles will be given to the rest of the finalists.
  2. In the event of a tie, each winner will receive the prize and the full cash award.
  3. If the judges should determine that no finalist is deserving of a particular prize, then that place shall remain vacant.
  • The prizes and cash awards are as follows:
  • 1st Prize : Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥2,000,000 (net)
  • 2nd Prize: Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥1,000,000 (net)
  • 3rd Prize : Certificate, Medal and Cash Award of ¥500,000 (net)
  • Special Award / Hideo Saito Award:
  • This award will be presented to one of the finalists selected by the Panel of Judge. Possibly no winner could be selected.
  • Hideo Saito (1902-1974) was a great conductor, cellist and educator who raised so many internationally well known musicians such as Seiji Ozawa. He served as the first chairperson for the Panel of Judge in Min-On’s Tokyo International Music Competition for Conducting and had been contributing so much for developing this competition from the beginning. This special award was established to praise his achievement and for encouraging the development of capable successors. It is funded by the donation of Hideo Saito's family and the cash award is ¥500,000 (net)
  • Encouragement Award
  • Conferred to finalists receiving the Honorable Mention titles (Excludes those winning the 1st, 2nd or 3rd prize).
    If there is more than one receiving the Honorable Mention title, each Honorable Mention finalist will receive the full cash award.
    Cash Award of ¥150,000 (net)
  • Additional Prize - Asahi Breweries Award
  • a. The Asahi Breweries Award will be presented to fist through third place winners as a supplementary prize by Asahi Breweries, Ltd., a sponsor of this competition.
  • b. In the event of a tie, the prize will not be shared among the winners but each winner will receive the prize and the full cash award.
  • 1st Prize : Certificate and Cash Award of ¥500,000 (net)
    2nd Prize: Certificate and Cash Award of ¥300,000 (net)
    3rd Prize : Certificate and Cash Award of ¥200,000 (net)
PRESS INTERVIEWS
  1. It is imperative that the winners attend the press conference as scheduled below:
    Date: November 2, 2009 (Mon.)
    Time: 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m. (tentative)
    Place: Min-On Cultural Center
  1. In order to introduce the winners of this competition to the largest possible audience, Gala Concerts are to be held in Tokyo and Osaka in March 2010.
  2. It is mandatory that winners perform at these Gala Concerts.
  3. Min-On will cover travel and hotel accommodation expenses, and the winners will be paid a daily allowance (including meal allowance) and performance fees. 
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