International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2016
第2回 日本国際合唱作曲コンクール

Host: Tokyo Choral Alliance KOYUKAI
Cooperation: Pana Musica Co., Ltd.
Artistic Director: Ko Matsushita

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.

John August Pamintuan (PH)

John August Pamintuan is a renowned Philippine conductor, composer, singer, clinician, and adjudicator. Since 2007, John is recognized by the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim, and since 2012 has been a member of the World Choir Games Council.

As a conductor he has given workshops, performed in concerts, and won in competitions in Asia, Europe, and North America. As a singer, he has sung in solo recitals at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, and Moscow Glinka Hall. As a composer, John was awarded the composition prize in Tours (France), Tokyo (Japan) and has written commissioned works for the governments of Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Japan, Lithuania, and the Philippines. He has composed around 500 pieces which have been performed by choirs from 30 countries.

In the last couple of years, John has been invited in the jury of international choir competitions in Vietnam, Cincinnati, Rimini Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Hongkong, Riga Latvia, and the cities of Takarazuka, Hyogo, and Karuizawa in Japan. He is also a member of the panel of adjudicators for composition contests in Croatia (2011, 2012, 2014), International Federation for Choral Music (2013), and Karuizawa Japan (2015, 2016).

Javier Busto (ES)

*Born in Hondarribia (Basque Country-Spain) in 1949.
*Graduated in Medicine by the University of Valladolid.
*Initiated into choral music by Erwin List.
*Conductor of mixed choir Ederki Korua in Valladolid (1971-1976).
*Founder-Conductor of mixed choir, Eskifaia Abesbatza in Hondarribia (1978-1994).
*Founder-Conductor of female choir, Kanta Cantemus Korua (1995 - 2007).
*Founder-Conductor of female choir, Aqua Lauda Korua (2014)
*His scores are being published in Basque Country, France, Germany, Japan, USA, United Kingdom and Sweden.
*Takes part as a jury in composition and interpretation competitions for choirs, in Arezzo, Rimini and Nuoro-Cerdena (Italy), Antalya (Turkey), Baden (Osterreich), Debrecen (Hungary), Ejea de los Caballeros (Spain), Hamar (Norway), Las Palmas de G.C. (Spain), Maasmechelem (Belgium), Maribor (Slovenia), Merida (Venezuela), Montserrat (Catalunya-Spain), Neerpelt (Belgium), Riga (Latvia), Split (Croatia), Takarazuka (Japan), Tours (France), Tolosa (Basque Country- Spain) and Yeosu (South Korea).
*Guest Conductor in Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norwegian, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, USA and Venezuela.
*Invited at IV World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia (August 1996).
*GOLDEN BADGE in his hometown, Hondarribia (1999).
*Invited as a jury at 8th WORLD CHOIR GAMES 2014 in Riga (Latvia).
*Invited as a jury of "WORLDCHOIR CELEBRATION” 2016 in Tallin (Estonia).

Rihards Dubra (LV)

Rihards Dubra was born on February 28th, 1964 in Riga. He studied music first in Jūrmala, after that at the Emīls Dārziņš College of Music, where his instructors in composition were Jāzeps Lipšāns and Ģederts Ramans. In 1989, he graduated from the Latvian State Conservatory composition class under Ādolfs Skulte (as an elective he learned symphonic conducting under Aleksandrs Viļumanis), and in 1996 earned his master’s degree at the Latvian Academy of Music under Juris Karlsons. During his studies, he began to teach harmony and composition at the Jūrmala College of Music, where he still works today. His other sphere of work is involved with the organ and liturgy. Rihards Dubra was the organist at the Riga Our Lady of Suffering Church, and, as of 1999, he is the cantor of the Riga St. Mary Magdalene Church.

The basic genres of the composer’s creative work are large-scale genres for voices with accompaniment, choir music, organ music and symphonic music.

Irrespectively of his genre choice, Dubra’s basic creative interests turn to sacred music.“As the belief is the only purity in this world, I cannot see anything better, only to write sacred music,” the composer comments on his creative activities.

The basis of Rihards Dubra music style is the unification of minimalism, neo-romantic tunes and contemporary techniques with the intonation, form and philosophy of Gregorian, Medieval, Renaissance and also Baroque music.

Levente Gyöngyösi(HU)

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

He studied at Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. His professor was Gyorgy Orban.

He graduated on 5 May, 1999 with distinction. In the concert was performed also 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 the recent years he composed a large number of choral works for renowned Hungarian and international choirs, like the Pro Musica Girl’s Choir (Hungary), Stellenbosch University Choir (South Africa) and Iowa State University Choir (USA). Many times he worked as jury member at World Choir Games 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 too.

Since 1999 he works as continuo-player at Orfeo Orchestra,Budapest, which plays baroque and classical music on authentic instruments.

In 2005, he was honorate with the Erkel Ferenc-Prize through the Hungarian State - and in 2009 with the Bartok-Pasztory Prize, given by the Music Academy Budapest.

Hideki Chihara (JP)

Born on 1957, Hideki Chihara has graduated from the Department of Composition, Faculty of Music, Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, then completed the Master course of the Graduate School of Music in the same University. The University Art Museum has procured his work.

He has achieved awards in multiple composition competitions such as the Japan Music Competition, Award of Excellence in the Shin-Nami no kai Vocal Music Composition Competition, Premio Citta di Trieste (Trieste, Italy), Carl Maria von Weber Preis (Dresden, Germany), and Concorso internazionale di composizione «Guido d'Arezzo» (Arezzo, Italy).

His styles of chorus music have four axes, which constitutes his multifaceted music, namely the “Chihara-World”: One, music based on Japanese traditional literature, performing arts, and folk music, such as ‘Shitsu-Uta’. Two, music with the theme of “Mixture of Orient-Occident Culture (Music)” that shows the interaction of the Japanese ethnicity and religion with Western Europe, which his Kirishitan music series such as ‘Orasho’ represents. Three, works incorporating the aspect of Japanese-unique popular music, such as ‘Miyako-wasure’. Four, works showing Hideki’s own understanding/claim of Chorus = Classical Music in Japan, such as ‘Winterreise (Franz Schubert)’ and ‘Hideki Chihara Chorus Transcriptions’.

His main works include ‘Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan’, ‘Doctrina Christam’, ‘At a Midnight’, ‘Agnus Dei "Adagietto" from Mahler Symphony No.5’. Also, other works include ‘Symphonia for Strings No.1-3’, ‘Cantata from the Epic of Gilgamesh Tablet eleven’, theater pieces ‘the Book of the Dead’, ‘Itsukushiki Nori (text/Shotoku-taishi, jushichijo kenpo)’, Piano pieces for children ‘Sayonara Sankaku’, ‘Chihara Hideki Vocal Musics’. Currently the project of ‘CD Chihara Hideki Works’ (Volume 1-9 completed, Producer: Osaka Collegium Musicum) is ongoing.

His works are published from Zen-on music company, edition KAWAI, and Pana Musica.

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 2nd and 3rd awarded pieces!

The winning piece will be published by Pana Musica, a Japanese publisher and distributor with international reputation. The work finishing in 2nd and 3rd place also has a possibility to be published if recommendation is given by the jury.

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!

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International Choral Composition Competition Japan 2015

Premiere Performance (Digest)

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Tokyo Choral Alliance KOYUKAI
International Choral Composition Competition Japan administrative office

Nanakuni, Hachioji-City, Tokyo
192-0919 Japan

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