First Stage

Contestants must play (1) and (2). Performance order of the pieces can be determined by the contestant. Duration of total performance: no longer than 25 minutes.

A sonata by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven (all movements)

A piece of free choice

Excluding etudes (published piece only)

Second Stage

Contestants must play (1), (2) and (3). Performance order of the pieces can be determined by the contestant. However, the order must be determined so that the new work (3) can certainly be considered for selection.Duration of total performance: no longer than 40 minutes.

Any one or several works by Mendelssohn, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Franck or Brahms

Excluding etudes and the pieces chosen for the First Stage.

A work by Faure, Debussy, Scriabin, Rakhmaninov, Schönberg, Ravel, Bartok, Webern, Berg, Prokofiev or Shostakovich

Excluding etudes and the pieces chosen for the First Stage.

One of the following new works composed by Japanese composers for the 9th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.

a. "Rainbow Machine" The Genesis of Chant by MIWA Masahiro (approx. 7 min.)
b. Illuminated Baby YAMANE Akiko (approx. 7 min.)
※ The scores of the new works will be sent to each contestant three months before the Competition.
※ The works are not to be performed in public before the Competition.

Third Stage

Contestants must play (1) and (2). The performance order of (1) and (2) can be determined by the contestant. Contestants may be asked to submit their scores after the announcement of results of the Second Stage. Duration of total performance: no longer than 70 minutes.

Chamber music

Contestants must play either a. or b. with string musicians appointed by the Secretariat. The score for the performance must be in the Bärenreiter edition, and repetition must be omitted.

a. Piano Quartet No.1 in g minor, K.478
b. Piano Quartet No.2 in E flat major, K.493
String musicians
Violin    TOYOSHIMA Yasushi, URUSHIHARA Keiko
Viola     ISOMURA Kazuhide, SUZUKI Yasuhiro
Cello     KAMIMURA Noboru, MUKOYAMA Kaeko

Solo recital with free choice of pieces

Excluding those chosen for the First and Second Stages.

Final Stage

Contestants must choose one of the following concertos to be played with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra.

Mozart Concerto No.9 in E flat major, K.271
Concerto No.20 in d minor, K.466
Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467
Concerto No.22 in E flat major, K.482
Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488
Concerto No.24 in c minor, K.491
Concerto No.25 in C major, K.503
Concerto No.26 in D major, K.537 “Coronation”
Concerto No.27 in B flat major, K.595
Beethoven Concerto No.1 in C major op.15
Concerto No.2 in B flat major op.19
Concerto No.3 in c minor op.37
Concerto No.4 in G major op.58
Concerto No.5 in E flat major op.73 “Emperor”
Chopin Concerto No.1 in e minor op.11
Concerto No.2 in f minor op.21
Schumann Concerto in a minor op.54
Liszt Concerto No.1 in E flat major
Concerto No.2 in A major
Brahms Concerto No.1 in d minor op.15
Concerto No.2 in B flat major op.83
Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 in g minor op.22
Concerto No.4 in c minor op.44
Concerto No.5 in F major op.103 “Egyptique”
Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 in b flat minor op.23
Rakhmaninov Concerto No.1 in f sharp minor op.1 (revised)
Concerto No.2 in c minor op.18
Concerto No.3 in d minor op.30
Ravel Concerto G major
Bartok Concerto No.2
Concerto No.3
Prokofiev Concerto No.2 in g minor op.16
Concerto No.3 in C major op.26
Clearly state on the application form: composers, titles, keys and opus numbers of performing pieces (Movements and performing time must be also stated for the pieces for the preliminary stages).
All the pieces in the repertoire except chamber music must be performed from memory, and must be performed in their entirety unless otherwise specified by the Jury.
Performance time should be adheared strictly. Performances which exceed the specified time limit may be interrupted by the Jury.
Changes in the submitted repertoire will be permitted only if such a change is notified to the Secretariat in writing no later than October 15, 2015.

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