President of the 11th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition
First, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those who have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. I sincerely hope that this situation will come to an end soon so that we will be able to return to our normal lives.
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 competition aims to nurture aspiring global pianists, provide a platform for them to demonstrate the fruits of their extensive hard work, and promote world music culture and international exchange. It has been held every three years since its inception.
Over the years, the competition, now in its 11th edition, 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 10th Competition was full of impassioned performances by the extremely talented contestants, and was won by Can CAKMUR. His current concert tour, with 27 performances in Japan and abroad, has been very well received. Aside from his tour, Mr. Cakmur has been energetically performing around the world and I look forward to his further activities as a pianist who has gone forth into the world from Hamamatsu.
The 11th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition will be held between November 12th and November 29th, 2021, and Ms. OGAWA Noriko will be reprising her role as director of the panel of judges.
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 11th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.
Chairperson of Jury
The city of Hamamatsu is celebrating the 11th competition in 2021.
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.
2020 turned out to be an unprecedented year with the emergence of COVID-19. The 11th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition will do everything we can to ensure the safety of all competitors, jury members, staff, and audiences.
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.
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 Motoharu Kawashima.
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 at schools, homes, and public spaces in Hamamatsu. I hope they will all experience the joy of collaborating with the people of this friendly city.
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.