Mayor of Hamamatsu, Japan
Mayor of Hamamatsu, Japan
The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition began in 1991 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the establishment of Hamamatsu City, as an international project fit for a city with a proud history and tradition of music and musical instruments. The aims of the competition are providing a place to nurture aspiring global pianists and allow them to demonstrate the fruits of their extensive hard work, and promoting world music culture and international exchange. It has been held every three years since its inception, and this year brings us the momentous 10th competition.
Over the years, the competition has produced many pianists who are active on the world stage and many of the prize-winners of the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition have gone on to receive awards at famous international piano competitions. As a result, the competition receives both domestic and international acclaim. The 9th Competition was full of impassioned performances by the extremely talented contestants, and was won by Alexander Gadjiev, who was a mere 20 years old. His following concert tour was composed of 26 performances in Japan and abroad, and was very well received. I look forward to his further activities as a pianist who has gone forth into the world from Hamamatsu.
The 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition will be held between November 7 and November 25, 2018, and invites Ms. Noriko Ogawa to direct the panel of judges for the first time. In addition, as a 10th anniversary project, from this year there will be performances from highly ranked contestants from past years, including Rafal Blechacz, ranked highest in the 5th Competition, and Cho Seong-Jin, winner of the 7th Competition.
As a City of Music in the UNESCO Creative City Network, Hamamatsu City will continue to promote the vision of “Hamamatsu: A City of Music” globally, while contributing to global music culture and the further development of this piano competition. I would like to ask for your further support and cooperation, and once again welcome you to the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.
Welcome to The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition’s newly designed website.
The city of Hamamatsu is celebrating the 10th competition on a grand scale in 2018.
I would firstly like to express my gratitude to everyone involved in making it all possible. Without them we would not be here, thank you very much.
Hamamatsu is the perfect place for a piano competition and, being the birthplace of all Made-in-Japan pianos, we naturally have a wealth of excellent instruments to support all competitors’ needs. Every piano on the premises will be carefully maintained by skilled technicians around the clock. That level of service and dedication, together with Japanese hospitality, means we can promise each and every competitor a memorable experience.
We strongly believe in live performance at the Hamamatsu, and we are fortunate enough to be able to accept up to 100 competitors for the competition in November 2018.
Everyone will have the opportunity to explore Japanese piano literature. The repertoire showcases the work of wonderful Japanese composers in each round, as well as the commissioned work by Fuyuhiko Sasaki.
The impressive panel consists of some of the worlds greatest pianists, experienced professors, top executives from the music business, and one of the esteemed top prize winners from a past competition. All of the Jury members will be present for every round and will listen to every note of each performance - they will be painstaking in their endeavours, and will ensure the fairest adjudication.
The competition committee is working tirelessly to prepare a wealth of engagements which will act as a launchpad for the careers of the prize winners. I invite you to watch this space!
Community work is a very important part of music-making in the 21st century and many of the pianists will be appearing in Community Concerts in Hamamatsu. I hope they will all experience the joy of collaborating with the people of Hamamatsu.
I am absolutely certain that all competitors will do their very best and I wish them every success. I am excitedly waiting to hear them all perform.
My greatest ambition is that this competition will help many pianists fly high in their careers.
See you all at The 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018.