13th Akiyoshidai Music Competition Guideline [Tuba]Akiyoshidai Music Competition

Not just only technique, the musician should be able to move audiences…

The 13th Akiyoshidai Music Competition will be held at Akiyoshidai International Art Village. Chamber Music(string quartet) category is scheduled from 23th to 25th April, and Tuba category is from 5th to 8th September, 2024.
We look forward to your entry.



Tuba category

Preliminary Screening (online)1st – 10th June, 2024
1st Qualifier-A5th September, 2024 (Thu.)
1st Qualifier-B6th September, 2024 (Fri.)
2nd Qualifier7th September, 2024 (Sat.)
Final Selection8th September, 2024 (Sun.)

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, Japan Euphonium Tuba Association

1. Regarding Screening

Screening Procedure
a.) Preliminary Screening

– Video submissions (upload to the web). The jury will review the application videos.
– Results will be announced on June 17th, 2024 (Mon). Successful applicants will receive notifications via email, and the list of passers will be published on the Akiyoshidai International Arts Village website.

b.)1st Qualifier and beyond

– Live performance evaluations at the Akiyoshidai International Arts Village Concert Hall for those who pass the preliminary screening.
– The results of the 1st Qualifier will be based on the total scores over the two days (A and B).
– Results from the 1st Qualifier onwards will be determined by the judging committee and announced at the venue.
– Final results will be determined by the judging committee after the performance, with announcements and award ceremonies at the venue.


Chief juror: Tetsuya OTSUKA
Juries: Kazuhiko SATO
   Koji SUZUKI
   Ryoichi TAMAKI,
   Tatsuki YOSHINO
   Hiroyuki KANAKI


First Place: ¥400,000- preize money / Certificate
Second Prize: ¥200,000- preize money / Certificate
Third Prize: ¥100,000- preize 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
a.) Preliminary Screening


Payment to be made to the designated account by May 30, 2024 (Thu) 12:00.(JST)

*Important notes on transfers
– Transfers must be made in the name of the applicant.
– Participants are responsible for transfer fees, and once paid, entry fees are non-refundable.

[Transfer account]
Account number:021-6049974

b.)First Qualifier and beyond

– Payment details will be provided separately for those who pass the preliminary screening.

Application Period

From April 15, 2024 (Monday) to May 30, 2024 (Thursday)

**Applications MUST be received by 23:59 on May 30,2024(JST)

Application Procedure

Application Form

– Online applications through the application form only.
Submit the preliminary screening participation fee by May 30, 2024 (Thu) 12:00(JST).

<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. Important Notes

Preliminary Screening Video Submission

– Follow the specified guidelines for shooting and submitting audition videos.
– Perform a playback check before submission.

[Video guidelines]

– Fixed camera angle capturing the performer’s face, hands, and the entire instrument clearly.
– Videos must be recorded within the last 2 months, with simultaneous audio and video recording. — No editing, processing, or effects are allowed.
– Use the selected pieces to perform and record. Track separation is optional.


– Upload the video on YouTube as an unlisted video and obtain the shareable URL.
– Title the video with the performer’s name only.
– In the description, include the piece numbers (based on the question numbers).
– Enter the shared URL into the application form.

*Only one video link can be pasted, and it cannot be replaced after completing the application process.
*The competition office and AIAV are unable to provide technical support.

1st Qualifier Registration:

– Participants must register at the venue at the specified date and time, following staff instructions. Late arrivals may result in disqualification.
– The organizers will determine the performance order.


– Participants are responsible for all expenses related to their participation.
– If accompanying an accompanist, participants must cover all associated costs.
– Accommodation fees for Akiyoshidai International Arts Village during the competition period (4 nights) are free.

*Excludes accompanying pianists (additional application required).

– Information regarding options during the art village stay will be provided later.

– Shuttle buses will be available from JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station and Yamaguchi Ube Airport to the Art Village on the day before the 1st Qualifier A and after the final selection (additional fees apply; one-way ¥2,500 per person, including instrument transport; advance reservation required).

Cancellation Policy

 – In case of unavoidable withdrawal, please contact the secretariat promptly.

– Entry fees once paid are non-refundable.

Privacy Policy

– Please be aware that the participant’s name, age, highest level of education, and ID photo may be used for this competition’s public relations activities.
– Participant’s private information is used only for the management of this competition.
– The organizer has the right to take photos and videos, and make audio recordings of this competition for broadcasting, etc.

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. Official Pianist

Usage Guidelines

– The official pianist system is available.
– Practice times, locations, and assigned pianists will be specified on the day before each Qualifier and the final selection. Participants cannot nominate their pianists.
– Payment for piano usage must be made in cash at the reception on the day before each Qualifier and the final selection.



System Usage Fees
First qualifier-B \5,000-
Second qualifier ¥8,000-
Final selection¥10,000-

5. Assigned Pieces

*Memorization is optional

– Choose and record two pieces from the following four:

Kopprasch: 60 Selected Studies for Tuba – No. 44, 47, 52, 54

*Do not repeat
*Do not need to play the pieces consecutively

–Reference score example from Robert King Publishing–

1st Qualifier-A G.P. Telemann: 12 Fantasias for Solo Violin, arranged by Roland Szentpali – No. 7 TWV40:20
*Play in F major as indicated in the score; follow repeat instructions in the score
1st Qualifier-BR. Schumann: Three Romances Op.94 – 1st movement “Nicht schnell”, 2nd movement “Einfach, innig”
*Repeat as indicated
*No specific edition, but official pianists will use the G. Henle edition
*Start with F on the fourth line of the F clef for the 1st movement and C# on the second space of the F clef for the 2nd movement
Second QualifierChoose one piece from the following options (A) to (D).
(A) A. Arutiunian: Concerto for Tuba (Editions BIM)
(B) J. Koetsier: Concertino for Tuba (Editions BIM)
(C) P. Hindemith: Tuba Sonata (Schott)
(D) T.I. Lundquist: Landscape (Suecia Edition)
*Repeat all indicated repeats if present
Final SelectionMichael Forbes: Alpine Concerto (Editions BIM)