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Greeting from Chairperson of Jury



The warmest welcome to all of you to the 12th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition.

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.

In May 2023, The Hamamatsu International Piano Competition hosted the General Assembly of the World Federation of International Music Competitions at Hamamatsu Act City. Its resounding success reassured that The City of HAMAMATSU returned to the international stage. With this momentum, the 12th edition of the competition will be a remarkable occasion for young pianists.

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 Toshiro Saruya.

The impressive panel consists of some of the world’s 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.