International Composers Competition for Young Composers

The application form for the 46th Irino Prize 2023 is now available from Submission Menu or [download_form].
Online submission is also accessible from Submission Menu or [Online Submission].
Prof. Cort Lippe, the 8th Irino Prize winner, has been invited to serve on the 46th special jury.

Submission deadline is August 31, 2023.

February 27th, 2023

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Prof.Yoriaki Matsudaira, a member of the Irino Prize honorary jury, passed away in Tokyo on Jan.9, 2023. He was 91 years old and had served on the Irino Prize jury for almost 40 years.

November 19th, 2022


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We would like to announce the results of the 44th and the 45th Irino Prize in 2022. The Selection Committee was held on 13 November, 2022 at the NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Music Institute, Tokyo.

The result of
the 44th  IRINO PRIZE
for Chamber-Orchestral Work, 2022
Award: 300,000 JPY
“LA VERITÀ RICURVA”    -2017-  (11 min)
for 11 instruments
Composer : Caterina Di Cecca (1984, Italy)
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The result of
the 45th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2022
Award: 200,000 JPY (shared)
“Invisible” – 2021- (10 min)
for vl, cl and piano
Composer : Yuji Yao
(1994, China)
“Bleu II” -2020- (9 min)
for String Quartet
Composer : Tsu-Yao Yang (1991, Taiwan)
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Total of Entries: 17 compositions from 8  countries for the 44th, and 31 compositions from 7 countries for the 45th.
Jury: Takayuki RAI(Chair), Satoshi TANAKA, Mari TAKANO, Masahiro MIWA, Haruyuki  SUZUKI, Rica NARIMOTO, and Yasuaki ITAKURA (special jury for the 44th)

November 16th, 2022

The Japan Premiere of the 41st Irino Prize composition

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The 41st Irino Prize awarded composition, “LIGHT-LAPSE II” by Marco Longo(1979, Italy) will be performed on Dec 22, 2022 in Tokyo. The composer will be introduced in the Irino Prize award ceremony prior to the concert.

The 52nd Tokyo Sinfonietta Subscription Concert
Conductor/Art Director: Yasuaki Itakura
Date: at 19:00 on December 22, 2022
Venue: Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (Small Hall), Ueno, Tokyo

Marco Longo
41st result

October 30th, 2022

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Mrs.Reiko Takahashi IRINO, the President of the Irino Prize Foundation, passed away on Oct.29, 2022, in Tokyo. She was 86 years old, and running Irino Prize competition for more than 40 years.

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.

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: 
Satoshi TANAKA, Takayuki RAI, Mari TAKANO, Haruyuki SUZUKI, Rica NARIMOTO

Irino Prize steering committee :

Competition in 2023: 
The 46th IRINO PRIZE for Chamber Music, 2023
Deadline: August 31, 2023
Details and Application Form: is now available, see above.

Organizer and Contact:
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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