International Composers Competition for Young Composers

International Composers Competition for young composers
(announced in December 2018)

The 42nd International IRINO PRIZE

for Chamber Music, 2020

(with or without electro-acoustic component)

Composition should be scored for not more than eight players with or without electroacoustic (fixed media). Instrumental music with a live-computer component can also be submitted. Electroacoustic composition without an instrumental component cannot be submitted.

Any nationality. Composers must be less than 35 years old as of June 23, 2020. Composition has to be composed after January 1, 2018, and must not have received any prizes previously. Submission must be limited to one composition.

DURATION: less than 20 minutes

DEADLINE: June 23, 2020 (Postmarked)


AWARD: 200,000 Japanese Yen

Composer should submit the followings: 
1)  Application form (download Application Form)
2)  Score (on printed paper only – no electronic documents acceptable) 
3)  Program notes (maximum 1 page, or copy of concert program)
4)   Recording of work, if available (Audio CD, or CDROM in wave, aif, or mp3 format) 

All materials should be sent to the IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION, Japan by post. (No email submission is acceptable)  All scores will be kept in the archive of the JML.

Joji YUASA(honorary), Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA, Satoshi TANAKA, Takayuki RAI,  Mari TAKANO, Masahiro MIWA, Haruyuki SUZUKI, Rica NARIMOTO
CHAIRPERSON for the 42nd: Satoshi TANAKA
ANNOUNCEMENT: October, 2020

INFORMATION: To obtain the application form and additional information, contact:
THE IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION  [Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO, president]
c/o NPO JML Yoshiko Irino Music Institute
5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043, Japan.
Tel: +81-3-3323-0646   Fax: +81-3-3325-5468

The IRINO PRIZE was founded in 1980 in honor of the late Yoshiro Irino, one of the most respected Japanese composers of his generation. The prize is administrated by The Irino Prize Foundation which was established after his death, on June 23,1980, by Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO with the collaboration of renowned composers Maki ISHII, Joji YUASA and Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA. The IRINO PRIZE is awarded to young composers who explore new directions, and demonstrate innovative creativity. The IRINO PRIZE consists of two categories; one for Chamber-Orchestral work held in even years and the other for Chamber Music held every year.


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