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Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition JAPAN

Organizer  Japan Rachmaninoff Association


YAMAHA Music Japan Co., Ltd.

PTNA PianoTeachers' National Association of Japan

The 1st Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition will be held.

Start application for Spring 2019


Chairperson of Jury


Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris A. Cortôt , Professor

Where the words end the music begins..."


In my opinion this quote expresses the essence of Rachmaninov's creativity. Rachmaninov stands apart in the evolution of world music of the 20th century, it remains unique individual and unique, having no analogues in the world art. His unique language bears no analogues in the world art. Rachmaninov's music touches, excites,




inspires and wings people regardless of cultural and national differences, as it is deeply human, it is characterized by emotional "openness", sincerity and spontaneity of expression, the finest lyrics, along with the knightly severity and Titanic power. Rachmaninov's creativity, which grew up from late Romanticism, constantly developed as it underwent a set of evolutions.


His style absorbed various tendencies, sometimes even contradictory, but his music is always easily recognized as it doesn't belong to any current. Rachmaninov's work dates back to the period of Russian art, which is called the "silver age". The main creative method of art of this period was symbolism. Rachmaninov's works are saturated with symbols expressed by motifs-symbols, the main of which is the medieval motif "Dies Irae". This motif symbolizes Rachmaninov's premonition of catastrophe,"the end of the world". Also, in the works of Rachmaninov motifs derived from Orthodox practice can be found, such as mighty bell sounds.




The significance of Rachmaninov's performing work is enormous. Rachmaninov as a pianist became a benchmark for many generations of pianists from different countries and schools. Among the most celebrated features of Rachmaninov’s playing are the deep expressive content of his performances, the"singing on the piano" quality of his lines, the highly elaborated virtuoso pianism and a very bright personality. In my opinion, the Rachmaninoff Competition in Japan will seek to reveal a bright creative personality, pianists not only equipped with great technical abilities, but also having a great individual self. I would like to thank the Rachmaninov Association and the Rachmaninov Competition in Japan for the honorable invitation. In conclusion, I would like to quote Sergei Rachmaninov:




“First of all, music should be loved, it should go from the heart and be turned to the heart. Otherwise, music should be deprived of hope to be eternal and imperishable art.



Competition Secretariat (Japan Rachmaninoff Association)

Tokyo Shinagawa-ku Higashi Shinagawa 3-8-8-1112 JAPAN

TEL +81 50-5534-9555


"Music is born in the mind, meaningless unless it reaches the heart."

Sergei  Rachmaninov

Contact Us

Competition Overview


1. Dates

【Preliminary  Selection】

Performance judging, or sound source judging.


・Performance judging


August 11, 2019 (Sunday)

Venue: Yamaha Ginza Salon/TOKYO


・sound source judging


Record or record your piano performance and mail it copied to DVD-R or CD-R ,or upload it to youtube.


※Application deadline

September 30, 2019 (Monday) 


【 Final Stage】

November 3, 2019 (Sunday)  A~E section


November 23, 2019 (Saturday)  F、G section


Venue: KATSUSHIKA Symphony Hills Iris Hall /TOKYO


【Award ceremony】

November 23, 2019 (Saturday)

Venue: KATSUSHIKA Symphony Hills Iris Hall /TOKYO


2. Application period


Performance judging    July 16, 2019 (Tuesday) 


Sound source judging   September 30, 2019 (Monday) 


※The sound source must arrive on September 30 (Monday) 


3. Eligibility

There is a section by age.

Please select at the age after April 1, 2019.


A section... under 5 years old Preschool child (there is no lower limit of participation age)


B section... 6, 7 years old 


C section ... 8, 9 years old 


D section ... 10, 11 years old 


E section ... 12 to 14 year old 


F section ... 15 to 17 years old 


G section ... 18 years old and over University student · graduate student · general


4. Repertoire

Free Works (combinations of short Works are acceptable, preliminary and final Works can be the same Works)


A section ... about 2-5 minutes


B section ... about 3-6 minutes


C section ... about 4 to 7 minutes


D section ... about 5-8 minutes


E · F · G section ... about 6 to 10 minutes


※Although there are cases where the performance is interrupted at the final stage, there is no influence on the judging.


※If the performance time is reduced,  we will announce the length of performance at the venue.


※You can choose to play a repeat  or not.


※Even if the length of the sound source for the Preliminary  Selection exceeds the time limit, the judgment will not be affected.


5. Jury

Chair of Jury & Juries










Pianists, music university professors and music critics will conduct judging.


※We will inform you when the details are decided.


6. Awards


· Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th place in each section.


Extra prize

Concert opportunities abroad.

First place winners in each section will be given the opportunity to have a concert in Paris or Georgia as a secondary prize.


Grand Prix winners will receive a ticket.

【Rachmaninoff Grand Prize (Grand Prix)】

From among all contestants, we give the “Rachmaninoff Grand Prize” to  a contestant  who performs the best.



【Rachmaninoff Prize】

From among contestants who plays Rachmaninoff ’s works, we give the “Rachmaninoff Prize” to  a contestant  who performs the best.



【Russian Music Prize】

From among contestants who played the works of Russian composers, we give the “Russian Music Prize” to  a contestant  who performs the best.



【Guigla Katsarava Prize】

Master class lessons by Katzarava can be taken free of charge.



【Audience Prize】

From among all contestants, we give the “Audience Prize” to  a contestant  who wins the most votes from the audience.



7. Payment of entry fee


【Preliminary  Selection】

・Sound source judging...15,000 yen

・Performance judging...

A section ...16,000 yen

B section ...18,000 yen

C section ...21,000 yen

D section ... 23,000 yen

E · F · G section26,000 yen

【Final stage】

A section ...16,000 yen

B section ...18,000 yen

C section ...21,000 yen

D section ... 23,000 yen

E · F · G section26,000 yen


8. Procedures 

Apply from PTNA's website.


Application start from the end of April


Qualifying sound source examination and sound source examination by a performance can be requested simultaneously.

In that case, please go through each application procedure.


9. Other

【About a stand for children / auxiliary pedal】


Participants or attendants should do the setting of a stand and auxiliary pedals.

There is no preparation of the stand and the auxiliary pedal in the hall.



【About appraisal start time】


We will inform you by e-mail or website from the secretariat.



【Schedule change etc】


※ The latest information · Schedule change etc. will be delivered even on facebook. Those who can not frequently check for updates on this website are recommended to register on the facebook page of Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition JAPAN from the button below.