13th Akiyoshidai Music Competition Guideline[Chamber Music(String Quartet)]Akiyoshidai Music Competition

Not just only technique, the musician who can impress the audiences…

The 13th Akiyoshidai Music Competition will be held at Akiyoshidai International Art Village.
Chamber Music(String Quartet) category is from April 23 to April 25 .
We look forward to your participation.



Chamber Music (String Quartet) Category

QualiferApril 23, 2024(Tue.)
Final SelectionApril 24, 2024 (Wed.)
Awards ceremomyApril 25, 2024 (Thu.)
Master ClassApril 25, 2024 (Thu.)


Akiyoshidai International Art Village (50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city, Yamaguchi)


Yamaguchi Kirameki Foundation Akiyoshidai International Art Village


Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yamaguchi Board of Education, Mine City, Mine City Board of Education, Asahi Shimbun, The Mainichi Newspapers Co.,Ltd. , The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yamaguchi Shimbun, The Chugoku Shimbun, Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co.,Ltd. , tys, Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting.,Ltd. , FM YAMAGUCHI , FM Kirara , FM SMILE WAVE,Yamaguchi Prefectural Cultural Federation

1. Regarding Screening


– Chamber Music (String Quartet) Category

Screening Procedure

–The qualifier and final selection will be held at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village Concert Hall.

—The results of the qualifier will be determined on the same day by the screening board and announced at the venue.

–The results of the final selection will be determined by the judging committee after the performance concludes, and they will be announced at the venue on the last day, followed by an award ceremony.


String Quartet Category
    Chief Juror Hajime OTOMO
   Jury: Keiko URUSHIHARA
        Tomoko KAWATA
        Kei SHIRAI
        Sachiko SUDA
        Nobuko YAMAZAKI
        Hiroyuki KANAKI


String Quartet Category
   First Place: ¥500,000- prize money / Certificate
   Second Place: ¥300,000- prize money / Certificate
   Third Place: ¥200,000- prize money / Certificate

4th to 6th Place – Certificate

※ The winner of the top prize will also receive the Governor of Yamaguchi Prefectural Award (Certificate).

2. Application Procedure


Participants must be 16 years old or older but not older than 39 years old.
(Born between April 2, 1984, and April 1, 2008).

*Age is based on the status as of April 1, 2024, and nationality and background are not relevant.

Participation fee

Chamber Music (String Quartet) Division: 56,000 yen (per group)
*Accommodation is available at Akiyoshidai International Art Village during the event. However, meals are not included.

*After receiving the participation confirmation notice, please make the payment via bank transfer to the specified account by the designated deadline.

Application Period

From February 1, 2024 (Thursday) to March 1, 2024 (Friday)
*Applications MUST be received by 23:59 on March 1,2024 (JST)

Application Procedure

Contact form

<Important Points>
After applying, you will receive a confirmation email within a few days. Depending on your email settings, emails from Akiyoshidai International Art Village may not be received, so please set your email to allow emails from “aiav.jp” through domain-specific reception.

3. Impportant Notes


-Participation will not be accepted if the participation fee is not confirmed within the specified period.
-Participants must complete registration at the venue at the designated date and time, following staff instructions. Late arrivals may result in disqualification.
-The order of performances will be determined by the organizers.


-Participants are responsible for all expenses related to their participation.
-Accommodation during the competition period at Akiyoshidai International Art Village is free for three nights.
-Information regarding meal options during the art village stay will be provided later.
-Shuttle buses will be available on the day before the qualifier, after the final selection and masterclass, between JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station, Yamaguchi Ube Airport, and the art village (additional fee of 2,500 yen one way, advance reservation required).

Cancellation policy

–In case of unavoidable withdrawal, please contact the office promptly.
The participation fee once paid will not be refunded.

Privacy Policy

-Information such as name, age, highest education, and attached photos submitted during the application may be used for publicity purposes of the competition.
-Personal information submitted during the application will be used solely for the operation of the competition and will not be used for any other purpose.
-All rights related to photos, recordings, videos, broadcasts, etc., of performances during the competition belong to the organizers.

Regarding Archive Streaming

-We will publicly release all performances of the final selection as “Akiyoshidai Music Competition Archive Streaming” on the Akiyoshidai International Art Village YouTube account. By participating, please understand that recordings, filming, and the distribution of audio and video on video-sharing platforms will be conducted based on the assumption of public release and that you consent to the use of performers’ rights associated with the live performances.

4. Assigned Pieces

Chamber Music (String Quartet) Division

–Treatment of repeats, da capo, etc., will be determined after the application deadline.

QualifierChoose one string quartet piece from all of Haydn and Mozart’s string quartets, and perform all movements.
Final selectionPerform the following a) and b)

a) Choose one quartet from the following Beethoven’s string quartets and perform all movements:

– String Quartets
op.18 1-6, op.59 1-3, op.74, op.95

b) Select any piece from 20th-century string quartets, ensuring that the total duration with a) is within 50 minutes.
* Regarding b), if the performance exceeds the allocated time, excerpts may be performed, but cutting within movements is not allowed.


Chamber Music (String Quartet) Masterclass

A masterclass conducted by judges will be held for participating groups in the Chamber Music (String Quartet) Division. Groups interested in the masterclass can choose their preference during the application process, and there is no cost.

DateApril 25 (Thursday)
*Depending on the number of applications, it may be held after the Final Selection on April 24.
InstructorChamber Music (String Quartet) Division judge (no choice of instructor is allowed)

After the masterclass, there will be transportation via JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station for those heading to Yamaguchi Ube Airport.