Japan International Choral Composition Competition 2020
第6回 日本国際合唱作曲コンクール

【The Result of Japan International Choral Composition Competition2020】

1st prize: Sebastian Androne-Nakanishi(Romania) "The Pilgrim Soul"
2nd prize: Salvo Gangi (Italy) "Exsultate Justi"
3rd prize: Daniel Espen (Italy) "The Chant of Witches"

Congratulations to all of award winners!

Also, "The Pilgrim Soul" is selected as a set piece for contemporary music category of the Tokyo International Choral Competition 2022.

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

Important Announcement: Cancellation of Karuizawa International Choral Festival

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(the Philippines)


John August Pamintuan is a renowned Philippine conductor and composer. Since 2007, John is recognized by the American Federation of Musicians as an artist of sustained international acclaim.

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), and Tokyo (Japan). He has composed around 450 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 Hoi An, Cincinnati, Rimini and Cattolica Italy, Singapore, Penang, Hongkong, Taiwan, Chiang Mai and Bangkok Thailand, Jakarta and Manado Indonesia, Riga Latvia, and in Takarazuka, Kobe, Karuizawa, and Tokyo 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 Japan International Choral Composition Competition (2015, 2016, 2018, 2020).

Javier Busto(Basque Country)

Born in Hondarribia in 1949. Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valladolid.
Autodidactic musical education. He started his musical activity encouraged by the Maestro Erwin List.
Conductor of Ederki Choir in Valladolid (1971-1976).
Founder and Conductor of Eskifaia Abesbatza (1978-1994).
Founder and Conductor of Kanta Cantemus Korua (1995-2007).
Founder and Conductor of Aquam Lauda Korua(2014).
His choral works are published in the Basque Country, France, Germany, Japan, the USA, the United Kingdom and Sweden.
He is regularly invited as conductor and jury member to different Choral Festivals and Competitions around the world.

Zechariah Goh(Singapore)


As a Senior lecturer of composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, a composer of music ranging from choir, symphonic band, wind ensemble, chamber music to large scale orchestral works. In 1999, he received the David and Gunda Hiebert Scholarship award to work on his Master of Piano from University of Kansas, during which he was appointed as a graduate assistant by the university to teach undergraduate music theory.

Subsequently, he worked on his Doctorate degree majoring in Composition under the guidance of Dr. Charles Hoag. Zechariah was also awarded the prestigious Anthony Cius Prize for outstanding student composer from the University of Kansas for the Academic year of 2001 and 2002.

Before embarking on his studies in the United States, he was a familiar face in the local music scene, teaching bands and choirs in Singapore. He was a lecturer at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, since July 2002. As a composer, he is frequently commissioned to write music for symphonic bands and choirs. Since the 1990s, his choral works have been premiered in Singapore as well as winning many international competitions.

Dr Goh has conducted numerous folksong arrangement and choral improvisation workshops for choral directors and composers across the Asia Pacific region, including cities such as Bandung (2017), Kuala Lumpur, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, and Tianjin, China (2018). Additionally, he was invited to lecture and give workshops at the Oklahoma State University and University of Kansas, USA.

He adjudicated the World Children and Youth Choir Competition in Hong Kong (2017), and the Bali International Choral Competition in 2018 and The Malaysian Choral Eisteddfod, 2018.

For his artistic excellence in the field of music, Zechariah was conferred the Young Artist Award (Music) in September 2003 by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Zechariah was awarded the Artistic Excellence Award from the Composers and authors Society of Singapore in 2013. Zechariah Goh was also presented with the distinguished Alumni medal from NAFA in 2014.

André J.Thomas(USA)


ANDRÉ J. THOMAS is the recently retired Owen F. Sellers Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Choral Music Education at Florida State University. A previous faculty member at the University of Texas, Austin. He is in demand as a choral adjudicator, clinician, and director of Honor/All-State Choirs throughout the North America, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and Africa.

Dr. Thomas has conducted choirs at the state, division, and national conventions of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). His international conducting credits are extensive Since 1988, he has also served as Artistic Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus. Thomas has also distinguished himself as a composer/arranger. He has produced two instructional videos "What They See Is What You Get" on choral conducting, with Rodney Eichenberger, and "Body, Mind, Spirit, Voice" on adolescent voices, with Anton Armstrong. His recent book "Way Over in Beulah Lan’. Understanding and Performing the Negro Spiritual" has quickly become a major source in this area of study.

The African Diaspora Sacred Music honored Dr. Thomas as a Living Legend. In 2011, Thomas’ dedication to and accomplishments in the choral arts was recognized by his peers in Chorus America when that the organization presented Dr. Thomas with its Distinguished Service Award. In March of 2017, ACDA presented Thomas with its highest honor the Robert Shaw Award, and finally in November of 2017 NCCO will present Thomas with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is a past president of the Florida ACDA and the past president of the Southern Division of ACDA. He is currently the Vice-President of the National ACDA.

Akira Nishimura(Japan)


Mr. Nishimura was born in Osaka 1953. He studied composition and musical theory to post graduate level at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 1977 he won the first of his numerous later prize winnings at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Composition Competition with HETEROPHONY for string quartet (1975) and the Luigi Dallapiccola Composition Award with MUTAZIONI (1977). In 1980 KECAK (1979) was selected as the best work at the International Rostrum of Composers, and he won awards at the ISCM World Music Days with ODE for EKSTASIS (1981) in 1982, then in 1984, 1988 and 1990. The Otaka Prizes were awarded to him in 1988 for HETEROPHONY for two pianos and orchestra(1987), in 1992 for A RING OF LIGHTS, double concerto for violin, piano and orchestra, and in 1993 for INTO THE LIGHTS OF THE ETERNAL CHAOS. In 2001, he was awarded the ExxonMobil Music Prize and in 2004, the Suntory Music Award. He was composer-in-residence of the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (1993-94) and of the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra (1994-97).

Nishimura principally employs heterophony, a characteristic device of Asian traditional music, thereby subtly transforming the intervals, rhythm and melody of his dense multi-layered textures. Though similar to 'micropolyphony' of Ligeti, an Asian perspective informs his technique. Some works are heterophonic melodically, such as HETEROPHONY (1975), and some rhythmically, as in KECAK; the superimposition of trills, tremolos and harmonics contributes to the more complex textures of his later works.

He has been commissioned from many overseas music festivals and ensembles such as ULTIMA Contemporary Music Festival Oslo, Octobre en Normandie, Arditti Quartet, Kronos Quartet, ELISION Ensemble, Hannover Society of Contemporary Music and so on.

In 2019, Opera "Asters” a new production, commissioned by the New National Theatre, Tokyo was a great success. He is currently a Professor at the Tokyo College of Music and the Musical Director of the Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka, Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival.

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.

An Extra Prize: becoming the set piece of the 4th Tokyo International Choir Competition (to be held in 2021)

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.


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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