The Road to Victory

The Competition lasts for a long period of two weeks. Do you know how to advance toward the victory?
We will tell you from A to Z of the competition procedures alongside of the 11th Competition schedule.

First Press Release: July 1 (Wednesday), 2020

The prospectus of the 11th Competition 2021 is to be announced in public.

Application Period: February 1 (Monday) - March 31 (Wednesday), 2021
*The 10th Competition 2018 received 382 applicants from 37 countries and 1 region.
Preliminary Selection: Late May 2021

The selection is proceeded based on the video, concealing “name, age and nationality” of each applicant.

Notification of Results of Preliminary Selection
Applicants are notified of the results by June 30 (Wednesday), 2021.
Successful applicants, now called “Contestants” plunge into their patient and intensive practice heading toward the competition.
Opening Concert: November 7 (Sunday), 2021

You can enjoy a piano recital by Can CAKMUR, first prizewinner of the 10th Competition.

Contestants’ Registration: November 10 (Wednesday) - November 11 (Thursday), 2021

Contestants coming from their countries gather in Hamamatsu.
Piano selection and drawing for appearance order are to follow before the competition kicks off.
Jury members also arrive in the town around this period.

Piano Selection: November 10 (Wednesday) - November 11 (Thursday), 2021

The first job for contestants is to select a piano used for the competition.
They can choose the best one for their own use out of some models placed on the stage of the Concert Hall.

Drawing for Appearance Order: November 12 (Friday), 2021

The order of appearance is decided by drawing. Please check out the order on our website.

First Stage: November 13 (Saturday) - November 17 (Wednesday), 2021

Over five days, each contestant performs a free choice of pieces including at least one etude within 20 min (88 contestants performed in the 10th Competition).
Results of judgement (24 successful contestants) are to be announced on the last day of November 17 (Wednesday), 2021.

School Concerts and Home Concerts
Those contestants who cannot advance to the next stage may voluntarily showcase their performances in a mini concert at public schools or facilities in a more relaxed atmosphere.

Second Stage: November 19 (Friday) - November 21 (Sunday), 2021

Twenty four contestants are expected for this stage. Each contestant performs (a) and (b) within 40 min.
a. Two or more pieces composed in the following two or more periods -Classical, Romantic, Modern and Contemporary.
b. A new work composed by a Japanese composer for the 11th Competition.
Results of judgement (12 successful contestants) are to be announced on the last day of November 21 (Sunday), 2021.

Third Stage: November 23 (Tuesday) – November 24 (Wednesday), 2021

Twelve semi-finalists are expected for this stage. They perform chamber music by Mozart and free choice of pieces in a solo recital within 70 min. in total.
Six finalists are to be announced on the last day of November 24 (Wednesday).

Final Stage: November 27 (Saturday) - November 28 (Sunday), 2021

Each of six finalists performs one of the designated concertos with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (Conductor: TAKASEKI Ken).

Presentation of Awards: November 28 (Sunday), 2021

After the long way, the pianist who stands at the pinnacle of the Competition is to be finally announced!

Prizewinners’ Concert: November 29 (Monday), 2021

Six finalists showcase their performances in a more relaxed mood, being free from heavy pressure and tension throughout the competition.