9th Akiyoshidai Music Competition
GuidelineAkiyoshidai Music Competition

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

The 9th Akiyoshidai Music Competition will be held at Akiyoshidai International Art Village.
Saxophone category is from April 30 to May 2, and Camber Music Category is from May 3 to 5, 2020.
We look forward to your participation.



Saxophone Category

First QualifierApril 30, 2020 (Thu.)
Second QualifierMay 1, 2020 (Fri.)
Final SelectionMay 2, 2020 (Sat.)

Chamber Music Category

First QualifierMay 3, 2020 (Sun./Holiday)
Second QualifierMay 4, 2020 (Mon./Holiday)
Final SelectionMay 5, 2020 (Tues./Holiday)

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


Yamaguchi Kirameki Foundation Akiyoshidai International Art Village


NPO Yellow Angel


Yamaguchi Prefecture, Yamaguchi Board of Education, Mine City, Mine City Board of Education, The Asahi Shimbun Company, The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Yamaguchi Shimbun, The Chugoku Shimbun Co., Ltd., Yamaguchi Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Television Yamaguchi Broadcasting Systems Co., Ltd., Yamaguchi Asahi Broadcasting., Ltd., FM-Yamaguchi co., Ltd., FM Kirara, FM Sun Sun Kirara, Yamaguchi Prefectural Cultural Association

1. Regarding Screening


– Saxophone Category
– Chamber Music Category

Screening Procedure

– The preliminary rounds and final selection will be held at the Concert Hall of Akiyoshidai International Art Village.
– The results of the preliminary rounds will be decided by the screening board on the same day as each round, and announced at the venue.
– The results of the final selection will be decided by the screening board after each performance is over. The decision will be announced at the venue, and an awards ceremony will be held.


Saxophone Category
    Chief Juror Nobuya Sugawa
         Ryoko Egawa
         Hiroyuki Kanaki
         Keisuke Jimbo
         Yasuto Tanaka
         Shinichiro Hikosaka
Chamber Music Category
    Chief Juror Seiki Shinohe
         Hiroyuki Kanaki
         Akiyoshi Sako
         Shoko Suda
         Maki Tanaka
         Natsumi Tamai


Saxophone Category
   First Prize: 400,000 yen / Certification of Merit
   Second Prize: 200,000 yen / Certification of Merit
   Third Prize: 100,000 yen / Certification of Merit
Chamber Music Category
   First Prize: 500,000 yen / Certification of Merit
   Second Prize: 300,000 yen / Certification of Merit
   Third Prize: 200,000 yen / Certification of Merit
The First Prize from both categories
   Grand Prix (Prefectural Governor Prize): Certification of Merit

*Thanks to a contribution from NPO Yellow Angel, transportation expenses for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners of both categories will be partially subsidized as a supplementary prize.

2. Application

Eligibility for participation

Candidates of both categories must be between the ages of 16 and 39 as of April 1, 2020
(Birthdate must be between April 2, 1980 and April 1, 2004.)

Participation fee

Saxophone Category     30,000yen
Chamber Music Category     45,000yen/per group
*Fee must be paid by bank transfer to the designated account after a notification is delivered by the designated date.
*Fee will be collected at the venue.

Application Period

January 6, 2020 (Fri.) – March 13, 2020 (Fri.)
*Applications MUST be received by 17:00 on March 13 (JST)

Application Procedure

Send your entry via the following ways.
(a) Online application

  - Saxophone Category Application Form*The call is closed.

  - Chamber Music Category Application Form*The call is closed.

(b) Mailing
 Completed application form (pdf) must be sent to the address below:
     Akiyoshidai International Art Village ‘Akiyoshidai Music Competition Office’
     50 Akiyoshi, Shuho-cho, Mine-city, Yamaguchi, 754-0511, JAPAN

*We will send you e-mail when registration completed. Please make sure to change the anti-spam setting to accept the domain ‘aiav.jp’.



– Those who do not pay the application fee by the designated date are not admitted attending the contest.
– Participants are expected to complete administrative procedures at the designated place, day and time, and then follow directions of the staff. If a participant does not arrive on time, this may be regarded as a default.
– The order of appearance will be decided by the Music Competition Office.

Fee payment details

– The fee does not cover the expenses of participants during this competition.
– Participants must cover the expense for their own piano accompanists by themselves.
– The accommodation fee (3 nights) of Akiyoshidai International Art Village for participants is free. *The fee for piano accompanists of Saxophone category is not covered.(reservation is required)
– Participants can use the restaurant during their stay on the premises.(additional fee and reservation is required)
– Shuttle buses between JR Shin-Yamaguchi station, Yamaguchi-Ube airport and the venue will be available on the days before the start of each category and after final selections. (additional fee (one-way 1,500yen/person) and reservation is required)

Cancellation policy

– In the event that you must withdraw from this competition after you apply, please inform us as soon as possible.
– Application fees are not 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.

4. Public Pianist

Notes for using the system

– Participants of Saxophone category can use the public pianist system.
– The Music Competition Office will designate the time and place of practice with public pianists on the previous day of each qualifier and final selection at the venue. The public pianist will be designated not by the participant but by the Office.
– If you request a public pianist for your accompanist, please fill in the designated form (check mark).


 Eri Izumiya
 Mari Kawagishi
 Michiyo Haneishi

Usage fee of the public pianist
First qualifier5,000yen
Second qualifier8,000yen
Final selection10,000yen

5. Assigned Pieces

Saxophone Category
First QualifierCreston: Sonata 2nd and 3rd mov. [published by Shawnee]
Second QualifierPlay 1 and 2.
1. Ferling: 48 Etudes for Saxophone No.1 [published by Alphonse Leduc]
2. Select one of the following pieces
 a.) Desenclos: Prelude, Cadence et Finale [published by Alphonse Leduc]
 b.) Boutry: Divertimento [published by Alphonse Leduc]
 c.) Pascal: Sonatine [published by Durand]
Final SelectionPlay one of the following pieces from memory
1. Ibert: Concertino da Camera [published by Alphonse Leduc]
2. Glazounov: Concerto En Mi Bémol [published by Alphonse Leduc]
Chamber Music Category
Violin & Piano
First QualifierPlay one of the following pieces
1. L.v.Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.1 1st mov.
2. L.v.Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 1st mov.
3. L.v.Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.8 1st mov.
Second QualifierPlay in numerical order 1 to 2
1. Schubert: Sonata in A-minor op.137-2 D.385 1st mov.
2. Select one of the following pieces
 a.) Bartók: Sonata No.1 1st mov.
 b.) Enescu: Sonata No.3 1st mov.
 c.) Respighi: Sonata 1st mov.
Final SelectionBrahms: Select one of Violin Sonatas, and play all movements.
Viola & Piano
First QualifierPlay one of the following pieces
1. Schumann: Marchenbilder 1st, 2nd and 4th mov. *No repeat
2. Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata 1st mov. *No repeat
3. Hummel: Sonata in E-flat major op.5-3 1st mov.
Second QualifierPlay one of the following pieces
1. Hindemith: Sonata op.11-4
2. Hindemith: Sonata op.25-4
3. Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata
4. Milhaud: Sonata No.1
5. Martinu: Viola Sonata
Final SelectionBrahms: Select one of Viola Sonatas, and play all movements.
Cello & Piano
First QualifierPlay one of the following pieces
1. L.v.Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.3 1st mov.
2. L.v.Beethoven: Cello Sonata No.4 1st mov.
Second QualifierPlay one of the following pieces
1. Chopin: Cello Sonata 1st, 2nd and 3rd mov.
2. Shostakovich: Cello Sonata 1st, 2nd and 3rd mov.
3. Rachmaninov: Cello Sonata 2nd, 3rd and 4th mov.
Final SelectionBrahms: Select one of Cello Sonatas, and play all movements.
Clarinet & Piano
First QualifierChausson: Andante and Allegro for Clarinet and Piano
Second QualifierSelect one of the following pieces, and play all movements.
1. Poulenc: Sonata
2. Hindemith: Sonata
3. Saint-Saens: Sonata
Final SelectionBrahms: Select one of Clarinet Sonatas, and play all movements.