Japan International Choral Composition Competition 2023
第9回 日本国際合唱作曲コンクール

Now we have closed application for this year's ICCC Japan!
Thank you for the big number of applications this year as well.

Final results

This year we received 126 great works from 32 countries worldwide.

the Result of the 1st Round

Announcement of the 9th Japan International Choral Composition Competition Result

Date & Time; Saturday, July 22, 2023, at 10:00 am (EDT), 4:00 pm (CEST),11:00 pm(JST)

Venue; on our YouTube channel: International Choral Organization of Tokyo

In addition to the announcement of winners, we will also announce names of applicants who will receive ‘honorable mentions’.

Host: International Choral Organization of Tokyo

Gorgeous International Jury panel!

We have managed to gather world renowned top-class choral composers as the jury panel of this competition, supported by the Artistic Committee. The Jury panel will evaluate your work to the full extent of their knowledge and experience.

Stephen Leek(Australia)

Stephen Leek

Born in 1959, Leek has over four decades had associations with innovative choirs around the world and through his own choirs, vOiCeArT and acclaimed The Australian Voices, that he co-founded and conducted until 2009. As a composer his original music has its own distinctive voice and is performed regularly throughout the world and championed by the most innovative conductors. As a conductor Leek works with beginner community and children’s choirs through to leading professional ensembles with equal ease.

A Churchill Fellow, he has received numerous national and international awards including the prestigious “Robert Edler International Choral Prize in 2004. He has a great belief in the development of global choral music and to facilitate this he has held national and international positions including Vice President of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) from 2011 – 2017, Founding Artistic Director of the Shanghai Youth Choir 2012/13, and in 2015, Conductor of the Asia Pacific Youth Choir.

Leek now resides in Tasmania and continues to freelance internationally as conductor and composer.

Zechariah Goh(Singapore)

Zechariah Goh

Dr Zechariah Goh, a native of Singapore, is the recipient of the National Arts Council Young Artist Award and NAFA distinguished Alumni Award. Zechariah is the head of Composition (NAFA) and the artistic director of the Singapore Saxophone Symposium since 2011. He was commissioned by Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir (Taiwan), The Diocesan Boy’s School Choir (Hong Kong), SYC Ensemble Singers and Victoria Junior College from Singapore. Dr Goh also served a jury member for the Philippines Choral Director Association (2022) and Raffles Singers, 2021 choral composition competitions. He was invited to judge Bali International Choral Competition in Indonesia and the World Youth and Children Choir competition held in Hong Kong. Zechariah is a faculty member of the Choral Collective Residency Programme (Singapore) where he teaches choral compositions to young and upcoming composers. Zechariah recent compositions for orchestra include, Blossoms 2017 and Flow 2022 (Singapore Symphony Orchestra), Iridescence, 2015 (NAFA Symphony Orchestra), Nuances: Soundscapes from a distant land, 2014 (Singapore National Youth Orchestra. He is an active speaker at international conferences such as the International Kodaly Symposium, ISME, and WASBE. Zechariah conducts the Suara Singa men’s choir.

Levente Gyöngyösi(Hungary)

Levente Gyöngyösi

He was born in 1975 in Cluj/Kolozsvár (Romania).

He studied at Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. His professor was György Orbán.

He graduated on 5 May, 1999 with distinction. In the concert was also performed the first act of his opera, titled The Stork Calif. This two-act opera was performed on May 28, 2005 on the stage of the Opera House Budapest.

In recent years he composed a large number of choral works for renowned Hungarian and international choirs, like the Pro Musica Girls Choir (Hungary), Stellenbosch University Choir (South Africa) and Iowa State University Choir (USA). His choir works are very popular in Japan and USA, but also in South Africa and Philippines too.

Many times he worked as jury member at Interkultur events in Graz (2011), Cincinnati (2012) and Riga (2014). In addition to the choir works he composed 4 symphonies (the 3. was commissioned and performed by Budapest Festival Orchestra), Piano concerto, St. Luke Passion and Christmas Oratorio. His most important work, the opera-musical The Master and Margarita, was performed in Hungarian State Opera House 2021.

In 2005, he was honored with the Erkel Ferenc-Prize through the Hungarian State – and in 2009 with the Bartók-Pásztory Prize, given by the Music Academy Budapest.

Russell L. Robinson(The United States)

Russell L. Robinson

Dr. Russell L. Robinson, Emeritus Professor Music at the University of Florida, has made over 300 appearances as a conductor, speaker, consultant and presenter at festivals, workshops, honor choirs, all-state choirs and state, regional, national and international conferences in the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Central America, South America, Mexico, Canada, the Middle East, and Australia as well as conducting venues, which include: Carnegie Hall (six times), Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Boston's Symphony Hall, the White House, and Washington's National Cathedral. Dr. Robinson was the 2016 inductee into the Florida Music Educators Association (FMEA) Hall of Fame, and is a past President of FMEA, Associate Dean of the UF College of the Arts, National Collegiate Chair and Choral Adviser for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Robinson is a published author, composer and arranger with over 500 publications in print, including choral compositions, arrangements, articles, books, and instructional DVD's.

Naoto Aizawa(Japan)

Naoto Aizawa


Aizawa is the CEO of AizawaNotes, and an assistant director of both the Japan Choral Directors Association and the Tokyo Choral Association. He also serves as a lecturer at the Tokyo University of the Arts and the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music. His mottoes of "authentic art" and "performance that pleases the music" resonate with audiences, and he continues to hold various seminars such as "Living Musical Scriptures," "eye the harmony," and "Digging into masterpieces," to help performers express themselves in their performances. These seminars have been well received.

Currently, he serves as the principal conductor of several choirs, including Ai-kon and Yume no Kanzume, and is often invited as a guest conductor by other choirs including Tokyo 6 College Mixed Chorus Association and Waseda University Glee Club. Aizawa is acclaimed for his ability to interpret and express the lyrics and music in Japanese works in performance, and well received among composers and pianists alike.

As a composer, he has composed more than 200 choral works. Many of his works, including his signature piece "Everything," have been performed well. His publications include "Choral Exercise Ensemble Edition" (Volumes 1-3) and "Nuance Edition".

Winner Prizes

We have prepared awards to the winning composers for this composition competition specialized in choral music. Especially, we trust that the guarantee of publishing and premiere performance in an international choral festival would be appealing to composers.

Publishing of the winning piece guaranteed! Also possible for awarded pieces!

The winning piece will be published by Edition ICOT.Following recommendation by the jury, there may be a possibility that works of the 2nd and 3rd prize winners and the honorable mention winners will also be published.

An Extra Prize: becoming the set piece of the 6th Tokyo International Choir Competition (to be held in 2024)

The set piece of Tokyo International Choir Competition will be selected from the award winning works. It means your works will be performed by various international choirs!

World Premiere conducted by Ko Matsushita and globally broadcasted live on internet!

There are multiple choirs which Ko Matsushita is the Artistic Director, and most of them has been awarded prizes including grand-prix in international choral competitions.
The Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo is a joint choir consisted by these skilled choirs. The awarded pieces will be world premiered by this choir in the Karuizawa International Choral Festival. Of course, this will be conducted by Ko Matsushita.
Furthermore, this performance will be globally broadcasted live on internet via YouTubeLIVE.


100,000 JPY to the winner!

We award 100,000 JPY for your future composing activities and further studying.

Easy application!

Simple three-step guide to apply for ICCC Japan.

1. Fill the entry form by clicking the paper-plane icon at the top of this page.

2. Send your piece and documents by e-mail to apply@icccj.org.

3. Pay the entry fee from the Paypal button at the top of this page.

Please refer to the regulations & FAQ for further detail.


Japan International Choral Composition Competition 2022

Awarded Works
1st Prize:The Dreams of the Dreamer / David Walters
(Video of Premiere performance on Youtube)
(Interview for winners)

2nd Prize:PSALM 66 / Jakub Szafrański
(Video of Premiere performance on Youtube)
(Interview for winners)

3rd Prize:Nonsense Alphabet / Ayu Uchigaki
(Video of Premiere performance on Youtube)
(Interview for winners)


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Contact us

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact below:

International Choral Organization of Tokyo

2-29-12 B1F
Kinugaoka, Hachioji-city
192-0912, JAPAN

E-mail: info@icccj.org
Tel: +81 42 689 5641

+81 42 689 5641


2-29-12 B1F
Kinugaoka, Hachioji-city,
Tokyo 192-0912