International Composers Competition for Young Composers

December 6th, 2021


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We would like to announce the results of the 43rd Irino Prize in 2021. The Selection Committee was held on 10 October, 2021 at the NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Music Institute, Tokyo.

The result of the 43rd IRINO PRIZE
for Chamber Music, 2021

“Durant l’eternite de Timee” (9 min)
Composer : Demian Rudel Rey (1987, Argentina)

“Voyage” (8 min)
Composer : Zhuosheng Jin (1991, China)

Award: 200,000 Japanese yen( is shared)

Profile of
Demian Rudel Rey

Demian Rudel Rey, native of Ciudad de Buenos Aires and currently living in Lyon, obtains a DEM and a DNSPM in guitar. After a BA in composition and a Masters in Arts combined at UNA [Argentina], he validates his Masters in instrumental composition and his Artist Diploma at the CNSMDL and his composition traineeship at KUG. Shaped by the courses and seminars of prestigious composers, he receives in particular the advice of Philippe Hurel, Martín Matalon, Franck Bedrossian, Yann Robin, José Manuel López López who strongly marked him in his compositional thought. Demian dedicates his production as a composer to instrumental, mixed, electroacoustic music as well as visual music. For the development of his composition projects, he has received the support of Centre International Nadia et Lili Boulanger, Salabert Foundation, SACEM, Mozarteum Argentino, FNArtes, BECAR… The electrifying energy of his work has enabled him to obtain Ivan Juritz Prize [GB], Fondation Salabert Prize [FR], Sond’Ar-te [PT], Musicworks [CA], Matera Intermedia [IT], CICEM [MC], Destellos Foundation [AR], Musique en roue libre [FR]. His professional experiences have led him to work with ensembles such as the Court-Circuit, Proxima Centauri, EOC with Bruno Mantovani, quatuor TANA, Barcelona Modern, AuditivVokal Dresden, Reconsil, Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka (Schallfeld Ensemble), Atelier XX-21, CNSMDL’s orchestra conducted by Roberto Forés Veses, Ensemble Écoute, Emily Carr String Quartet, Quartetto Mitja, Ensamble TROPI… Recently he premiered a chamber opera – “Qu’est-ce que l’amour ?” – with an ensemble he created in Lyon.. His future projects include collaborations with Festival Ensemble(s) [2e2m • Cairn • Court-circuit • Multilatérale • Sillages], Proxima Centauri, JJAF, Ensemble Ars Nova, Imaginaire, Accroche note…

Profile of Zhuosheng Jin

Zhuosheng Jin’s music is described as “powerful” and “haunting” (The New York Times). His composition emphasises relationships between literature, especially poetry, and sonic texture. He wins the 2020 Matan Givol Composers Competition (1st prize, Israel), 2020 Salvatore Martirano Award (1st prize, US), 2019 Toru Takemitsu Composition Award (3rd prize, Japan), among others.

Jin’s music has been programmed in more than 20 countries. He wrote for the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble InterContemporain (soloists), Klangforum Wien (soloists), Meitar Ensemble, Quatuor Béla, Ensemble Mdi, Syntax Ensemble, and Mivos Quartet, etc., and has worked with conductors including Pierre-André Valade, Jean-Philippe Wurtz, Guillaume Bourgogne, and Kanako Abe, et al. His scores are published by BabelScores France.

Having begun to study piano at the age of seven, and then composition at thirteen, Jin holds degrees from Oberlin College (BM ‘15) and Boston University (MM ‘17) and is currently a DMus. fellow at McGill University with Philippe Leroux. He also followed private lessons and master-classes with Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, Pierluigi Billone, Marco Stroppa, and Stefano Gervasoni, et al.

Total of Entries: 15 compositions from 5  countries for the 43rd
Jury: Satoshi TANAKA(Chair), Takayuki RAI , Mari TAKANO, Masahiro MIWA, Haruyuki  SUZUKI, and Rica NARIMOTO

November 13th, 2021

Irino Prize 3rd Chamber Music Concert

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Irino Prize 3rd Chamber Music Concert was held on November 12, 2021, at Fuchu Forest Art Theatre in Tokyo

Prize-winning compositions in chamber music(2017 and 2019) by Tak Cheung Hui, Jesse Broekman, Jouni Hirvelä and Utku Asuroglu will be premiered in Japan, along with works by Masatoshi Fujita and Yoshiro Irino.

September 6th, 2021

The 44th and 45th Irino Prize (2022)

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The 44th International IRINO PRIZE for Chamber-Orchestral Work, 2022 Submission Information

The 45th International IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2022 Submission Infomation

December 2nd, 2020

Introduction of IRINO PRIZE

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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 late 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 (between 9 and 17 instruments) held in even years and the other for Chamber Music held (with or without electro-acoustic component, no more than 8 players) every year.Please see below for further details.

300,000 JPY for Chamber-Orchestral work.
200,000 JPY for Chamber music work.

Permanent Juries: 
Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA(honorary), Satoshi TANAKA, Takayuki RAI, Mari TAKANO, Masahiro MIWA, Haruyuki SUZUKI, Rica NARIMOTO

Irino Prize steering committee :

Coming Competition: 
The 44th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber-Orchestral Work, 2022
The 45th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2022
Deadline: June 23, 2022 (postmarked)
Details and Application Form: see Submission menu

Organiser and Contact (send all materials to):
THE IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION (Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO, President)
c/o NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Music Institute
5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 156-0043 Japan
Tel: +81-3-3323-0646
Fax: +81-3-3325-5468
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