THE 13th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2023 in Tokyo 第 13 回 国際オーボエコンクール・東京 – Competition

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    Sony Music Foundation
  • Full description
    THE 13th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2023 in Tokyo 第 13 回 国際オーボエコンクール・東京 – Competition
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  • Application deadline
  • Additional notes

    EN: Please download the "Participation Requirements" below under "Documents" and read it carefully before you apply.

    JP: 下記の「資料」から「参加規定」をダウンロードし、よくお読みの上、ご応募ください。

    FR: Veuillez télécharger les "Règlement du Concours ci-dessous dans la rubrique "Téléchargements" et les lire attentivement avant de poser votre candidature.


    Urgent Notice about the Application/Video submission deadline date

    After we officially opened up our Int’l Oboe Competition Application via Muvac on Feb.15th , we have realized not small number of applicants or potential applicants have been confused on the dead line date of Video submission for our Preliminary screening(Pre-screening) due mainly to our rather insufficient description of the relationship between Application and Video submission, which in fact needs to happen at the same time.

    While we have issued Q&A through our Web site/FB this week(Feb.20th)to clarify this, given the potential impact to the applicants and with our strong wish to all applicants to have enough time to create your Video for our Pre-screening in a comfortable manner, we have decided to extend our application(with Video) submission deadline from Mar.14th to Mar.24th (Central European time)


    Just to re-iterate, as stated on our Participation Requirements section Ⅱ―4“How to Apply”, all applicants are required to submit (a)~(e) among which (e)is the Video for the Pre-screening, thus it is very important to input/upload all information including this video, which only enable you to complete your application process via Muvac.


    We apologize for any inconvenience caused and hope we can expect as many oboe players as last time to apply to our 13th Int’l Oboe Competition of Japan 2023 with this new application dead line date on Mar.24th !


    第13回 国際オーボエコンクール・東京における予備審査用動画の提出期限につきまして、既に公開済みの「参加規程」における記述が不十分であったために、不要な誤解と混乱を招いてしまっていることがわかりました。








    Competition Overview

    “THE INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN” began with an idea by the former chairman of the Sony Music Foundation, Norio Ohga (1930–2011), who was intrigued by the innocent and comforting sound of the oboe and advocated its importance as the instrument that could determine the quality of an entire orchestra. The Sony Music Foundation has been presenting the Competition every three years since 1985. It aims to promote the true artistic value of the oboe, as well as to contribute to the development of music culture with an international perspective through discovering and fostering talented musicians and helping them expand their scope of activities in Japan and abroad. It has established a reputation as a unique international Competition solely dedicated to the oboe, with past winners going on to become international music figures who have obtained principal and solo positions in world‐renowned orchestras. The first seven Competitions were held in Tokyo. Starting with the 8th Competition in 2006 up to the 11th in 2015, it has been held at Karuizawa Ohga Hall in Nagano Prefecture. The 12th Competition took place in Tokyo in 2018. The 13th Competition has been postponed due to the COVID‐19 pandemic and will be held anew in 2023. The Competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. 


    「国際オーボエコンクール」は、オーボエの素朴でやさしい音色を愛し、オーケストラのクオリティを決定づける楽 器としてその重要性を唱えた初代ソニー音楽財団理事長 大賀典雄(1930-2011)の発案の下、1985 年より公益 財団法人ソニー音楽財団が 3 年毎に開催しています。その目的はオーボエの真価を広めると共に、優れた人材 の発見、育成に努め、日本及び世界への活躍の場を広げ、国際的な視野をもって音楽文化の発展に寄与するこ とにあります。当コンクールは世界のオーボエ奏者の登竜門として今や広く世界に認知されるまでとなり、世界で 活躍する優秀な人材を輩出しており、世界でも珍しいオーボエに特化した国際コンクールとしての地歩を確固たる ものとしています。第 1 回より第 7 回までは東京にて、2006 年の第 8 回から 2015 年の 11 回まで長野県の軽井 沢大賀ホールにて、2018 年の第 12 回は東京にて開催いたしました。第 13 回は新型コロナウイルスの影響で延 期とし、2023 年に改めて開催いたします。国際音楽コンクール世界連盟会員。 

    Le concours en quelques mots

    « Le CONCOURS INTERNATIONAL DE HAUTBOIS DU JAPON » est organisé tous les trois ans depuis 1985 par la Sony Music Foundation à l'initiative de Norio Ohga (1930‐2011), ex‐administrateur général de la fondation, qui, amoureux du son naturel et doux du hautbois, insistait sur son importance comme instrument qui définit la qualité d'un orchestre. La vocation du Concours est de promouvoir la reconnaissance du hautbois à sa juste valeur, de révéler de jeunes personnes de grande compétence, favoriser leur formation, leur ouvrir des possibilités d'activité au Japon et dans les autres pays, et de contribuer ainsi au développement mondial de la culture musicale. Ayant vu naître de grands talents qui depuis sont actifs sur la scène internationale, aujourd'hui, le Concours est globalement reconnu par les hautboïstes du monde entier comme ouvrant les portes au succès, et a établi sa place dʹune des rares compétitions internationales de la planète qui soit uniquement dédiée au hautbois. Organisé à Tokyo les sept premières fois, puis au Ohga Hall à Karuizawa dans la préfecture de Nagano de la huitième en 2006 jusqu'à la onzième en 2015, la douzième a eu lieu en 2018, à Tokyo. Cette treizième édition se tiendra en 2023 après avoir été reportée à cause des conséquences du Covid‐19. Le Concours est un membre de la Fédération Mondiale des Concours Internationaux de Musique.

    Preliminary screening (with videos/ closed)

    予備審査(動画による審 査/ 非公開)

    In order to select the contestants for the First Round, Preliminary Screening will be done by way of reviewing the submitted videos stated in II‐4. The Preliminary Screening will be done by the Jury Chairman and the Jury members who reside in Japan, after the Secretariat has confirmed the applications’ eligibility.  It will be a “blind screening” process, so no applicant’s information will be disclosed to the Jury members at the time of the screening. The results of the Preliminary Screening will be provided to all applicants via e‐mail from MUVAC (, aiming for no later than Monday, June 19, 2023.  If you do not receive your result by Monday, June 19, please contact the Secretariat via e‐mail (   Any inquiries regarding the Preliminary Screening will not be answered prior to that date.

    First Round(with videos)


     The first round will be done with the submitted videos, reviewed by all Jury members. -  Details of the First Round, such as how to submit the video, etc., will be informed at time of notification only to those who have passed the Preliminary Screening.  -  After confirming the submission of the video from the contestant, the Secretariat will provide JPY 70,000 (including taxes based on Japanese tax law) to support the expenses for the shooting of the video in concern.  The amount will be wired to the designated bank account. -  The deadline for the submission of the video for the First Round is Tuesday, August 8, and the results are announced around Monday, September 11.   -  Orders of performance in the Second and Final Rounds will be designated after the results of the First Round has been confirmed, and will be based on the careful drawing by the Secretariat.  The order of performances, once decided, will be applied to the entire Competition. -  The submitted videos will be viewable to public. -  Applications with any fraud and/or deficiency will be disqualified immediately upon detection.

    Second and Final Rounds

    (第2次予選、本 選)

    The Second and Final Rounds will take place in Musashino City, Japan, reviewed by all Jury members. The contestants for the Second Round must register for participation on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at the registration site in Tokyo designated by the Secretariat. Contestants must attend the reception that follows the registration process on the same day. Details of the Second Round will be informed at time of notification only to those who have passed the First Round.   Upon qualification from the First Round, the contestant should notify the Secretariat of the required information, such as his/her choice of required repertoire for the Second Round and the performing order, as well as requests for accommodations and accompanists. Details of the Final Round will be informed at time of notification only to those who have passed the Second Round.

    For all thedetails, please refer our attached Pdf Docs.

    << Participation Requirements>> in English, French, an

    d Japanese

  • Mandatory pieces

    EN: Check the repertoire list in the "Participation Requirements"

    JP: 参加規定 の「Ⅳー課題曲」をご確認ください。

    FR: Voir la liste du répertoire dans les "Règlement du Concours

  • Short bio

    Candidates are required to write a short bio when confirming participation for use in programs or booklets, 1500 characters maximum.

    Please write the highlights of your biography, the text will be used in our booklets and press releases.

  • Multiple Choice
    Answer on application

    Spoken languages - 使用言語

    What languages do you speak? (for communication purposes)

    • English
    • 日本語
    • Français
    • Deutsch
  • Prerequisites
    • Maximum age on January 1, 2023: 30
    • Minimum age on January 1, 2023: 17
  • Required document(s)
    • Scan of passport or ID card
    • Portrait photo: Front face color photo / from the waist up. JPEG 200KB or larger.
  • Video

    Video(s) are required for pre-selection purposes (details below).

    Preliminary Screening

    • The Participant must record in audio and video the performance of the required repertoire: A. Ponchielli: Capriccio [Publisher: Not designated] 
    • Recording should be made no earlier than October 2022; non‐edited recording only. “Non‐edited” means that audio adjustments or editing during the performing of the tune has not been done. 
    • The screening will be done without letting the jurors know the applicants’ names. Therefore, make sure that anything that may identify you, such as your name, your school logo, etc., does not appear in the video. 
    • Camera angle should be horizontal and fixed. Make sure that the oboist’s hand and face show clearly from the front. As for the accompanist, make sure that his/her face shows too. 
    • Audio‐only applications are not accepted.
    • Upload your video as Public or Unlisted on YouTube or Vimeo and type in the URL of the uploaded video. Be careful NOT to set a password. 
    • We recommend you to use the highest quality available for the audio/video. 
    • The title of the video should be the video shoot date (dd/mm/yyyy). Do not state anything in the Description section, etc. 


    • 課題曲1曲を演奏し、録音・録画すること 【ポンキエッリ:カプリッチョ (出版社:指定なし)】 ※過去に、当コンクールにおいて第 2 次予選に出場した者は、予備審査用 動画の提出のみ免除される。対象者は、参加申込前に E メールにて事務局 (にその旨を必ず申し出ること。
    • 収録は、2022 年 10 月以降に行われたもので、未編集の録画に限る。ここ でいう未編集とは、音の調整や曲中の編集が行われていないことを指す。 
    • 審査は匿名で行われるため、自身の名前や学校のロゴなど、個人が特定 される情報が動画内に含まれないよう注意すること。 
    • カメラアングルは横長および固定とし、正面からオーボエ奏者の手元と顔 が明瞭に映るように撮影すること。なお、伴奏者については顔が映るように 撮影すること。 
    • 音源のみの提出は不可 
    • YouTube または Vimeo に一般公開または限定公開にてアップロードし、動 画の URL を記入すること。その際に、パスワードをかけないよう注意する こと。
    • 録画の音質・画質は可能な限り高品質のものを推奨する。
    • 動画タイトルは収録日(dd/mm/yyyy)とし、概要欄等には何も記載しないこ と。 

    l’examen éliminatoire

    • Un lien YouTube ou Vimeo de l’enregistrement vidéo de l’œuvre imposée pour lʹexamen éliminatoire (v. ci‐dessous). 
    • Un candidat ayant pris part à la deuxième épreuve d’une édition précédente du Concours est exempté de l’envoi d’enregistrement vidéo pour l’examen éliminatoire. Le cas échéant, le notifier sans faute par e‐mail au secrétariat ( avant l’inscription.
    • Seuls les enregistrements vidéo réalisés en octobre 2022 ou plus tard, et nʹayant subi aucun montage seront acceptés : aucun ajustement du son ou montage de l’exécution musicale ne seront tolérés.
    • L’examen se faisant de manière anonyme, aucune information permettant d’identifier l’exécutant, tels son nom, l’emblème de son école, ou autre ne doit être incluse dans l’enregistrement.
    • L’enregistrement doit être effectué en format paysage (plus large que haut), en plan fixe, de face, de façon à ce que les mains et le visage de l’hautboïste soient clairement visibles. Le visage de l’accompagnateur doit être visible sur les images.
    • Aucun enregistrement uniquement sonore ne sera accepté.
    • L’enregistrement doit être mis en ligne sur YouTube ou Vimeo en visibilité publique ou non répertoriée, et son lien renseigné. Ne pas protéger la vidéo avec un mot de passe.
    • Il est recommandé de chercher la plus haute qualité possible de son et d’image pour l’enregistrement.
    • Intituler la vidéo de la date de l’enregistrement (jj/mm/aaaa) et ne rien inscrire dans les autres champs tels « description », etc.