Divisions 

Jazz

 

This genre is for piano pieces that contain what is commonly understood as a "jazz" style, including ballad, bebop, blues, Latin, ragtime, swing, or other variations and combinations.

 

Participants can choose either a solo or a four-handed performance. They may play one piece, or multiple pieces, given that the total playing time does not exceed what they have decided during the application process. 

 

There are 3 Divisions:  

 

1. Performer

 

One may select any piano piece written in a jazz style, including compositions and jazz arrangements published by others. The piece could be played while reading music, but playing by heart is recommended and will be taken into consideration when judging.

 

2. Creator

 

One may arrange a composer's piece or even compose an original piece at home and perform in front of the judges. The piece (arrangement or composition) needs to be kept in the style of jazz and be the contestant’s own work. The piece could be played by reading the score, but playing by heart is recommended and will be taken into consideration when judging. 

            

3. Specialist

 

This is a Division where participants will be required to arrange a piece of music chosen at random by the judges. Once they signal to the judges that they are seated comfortably, the participants will be given a lead sheet out of a prepared list of jazz standards as well as 30 seconds to prepare. Once the bell rings after 30 seconds, the participants will start playing. A free spontaneous arrangement can be based on any chosen style but must include jazz elements. 

 

Pop

 

This genre is for piano pieces that contain what is commonly understood as "pop", which has undergone transformations over time since it was born in the 1950s. Within this competition, we understand this vast genre to include anime, country, dance, folk, lounge music, rock, urban, or other variations and combinations.

 

Participants can choose either a solo or a four-handed performance. They may play one piece, or multiple pieces, given that the total playing time does not exceed what they have decided during the application process.

 

There are 3 Divisions: 

 

1. Performer

 

One may select any piano piece written in what is commonly understood as a pop style, including pop compositions and pop arrangements. The piece could be played by reading the score, but playing by heart is recommended and will be taken into consideration when judging.

 

2. Creator

 

One may arrange a composer's piece or even compose an original piece at home and perform in front of the judges. The piece (arrangement or composition) needs to be kept in the style of pop and be the contestant’s own work. The piece could be played by reading the score, but playing by heart is recommended and will be taken into consideration when judging.

 

3. Specialist

 

This is a Division where participants will be required to arrange a piece of music chosen at random by the judges. Once they signal to the judges that they are seated comfortably, the participants will be given a lead sheet out of a prepared list of popular music pieces that are well-known both within and outside Japan. Once the bell rings after 30 seconds of preparation time, the participants will start playing. The free spontaneous arrangement can be based on any style of pop.

 

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* If you do not know which genre (Jazz or Pop) is more fitting, please feel free to contact us prior to your registration. Send us a sample link, PDF file or audio file and we would be happy to assist you.

  

* When playing multiple pieces, the break between pieces would also be included in their total playing time.

 

* The timer will start after the contestant has sat down. 

 

* If the contestants go over the allotted time, their performance will be cut off, but this will not affect their result. It is advisable to bring a watch to keep track of the time. 


Fees

KIDS

ages 12 and under

 

   ¥ 9,000      ~ 2 min.  

¥ 10,000      ~ 3 min. 

¥ 11,000      ~ 4 min. 

¥ 12,000      ~ 5 min. 

¥ 13,000      ~ 7 min. 

¥ 15,000      ~ 10 min. 

         

TEENS

ages 13-19

 

¥ 12,000      ~ 3 min. 

¥ 13,000      ~ 4 min. 

¥ 14,000      ~ 5 min.    

¥ 15,000      ~ 7 min. 

¥ 17,000      ~ 10 min. 

¥ 20,000      ~ 15 min. 

   

ADULTS

ages 20 and above

    

¥ 14,000      ~ 3 min. 

¥ 15,000      ~ 4 min. 

¥ 16,000      ~ 5 min. 

¥ 17,000      ~ 7 min. 

¥ 19,000      ~ 10 min. 

¥ 22,000      ~ 15 min.  

   

FOUR-HANDS

age does not apply

     

¥ 16,000      ~ 3 min. 

¥ 17,000      ~ 4 min. 

¥ 18,000      ~ 5 min. 

¥ 19,000      ~ 7 min. 

¥ 21,000      ~ 10 min. 

¥ 24,000      ~ 15 min.      


 

Please apply through this website and transfer the participation fee.

If the application number reaches the limit before the deadline, the notice will be posted on this website. We cannot respond to any inquiries regarding this matter.

  

* The application form can be found here

* Deadline: August 27th, 2022

* The participation fee is non-refundable

* In the event of natural disasters, like typhoons and earthquakes, or further outbreak of the corona virus, this competition may be cancelled and will be announced on this website. In such unavoidable cases, entry fees will be fully refunded to the participants.

  

* Bank account:

Mizuho Bank, Kyodo Branch

Account number: 3026049 

Swift: MHCBJPJT

Recipient: SOBKOWIAK PIANO ASSOCIATION

  

* A confirmation message will be sent once the complete application has been received. The committee will contact the participant with further information regarding their schedule.