The 2nd Osaka International Mandolin Competition & Festival

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Competition Outline

  • October 8 and 9, 2006
  • The Phoenix Hall (Osaka)
    c/o Nissay Dowa General Insurance Co. Ltd.
    4-15-10 Nishi-Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0047 JAPAN
  • Composition Competition
  • Category A Unaccompanied Solo music
  • Category B Concerted music for mandolin ensemble
  • July 15, 2006 (sat):
  • Closing date for applications
  • August 1, 2006 (Sat):
  • Announcement of the result of preliminary screening
  • October 7, 2006 (Sat):
  • Dress rehearsal for both categories
  • October 8, 2006 (Sun)
  • Final competition for category A
  • October 9, 2006 (Mon)
  • Final competition for category B
  • Masao Endo
    (Composer, Director at Japan Society for Contemporary Music, Japan)
  • Michio Kitazume *1
    (Composer, Professor at Aichi College of Arts, Japan)
  • Takashi Kubota
    (Conductor and Composer, Japan)
  • Masanobu Nishigaki
    (Guitar player and Composer, Japan)
  • Norio Fukushi
    (Composer, Professor at Kunitachi College of Music, President of Japan Society for Contemporary Music)
  • Hiroyuki Fujikake
    (Composer and Synthesizer player)
  • Lutz Werner Hesse
    (Composer, Germany)
  • Hinoharu Matsumoto
    (Composer, Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts)
  • Yoshinao Kobayashi *2
    (Composer, Japan)
  • Claudio Mandonico
    (composer and director, Italy)
  • *1 Mr.Kitazume is to judge only in preliminary screening and category B.
  • *2 Mr.Kobayashi is to judge only in final and category A.


  • Works must not be published or played before this competition.
  • Entrants are not allowed to apply two or more music for one category however, they can apply one music for each category respectively.
  • Works must not be made public ether by performance or recording until the final competition.
  • There is no restriction for the nationality or age of the composer.
  • Playing duration must be over 8 minutes and not exceed 12 minutes.
    Suite in this time period will be accepted.
  • Playing style such as tremolo, down-stroke and/or pizzicato etc. must be indicated on the score.
  • If the music require non-conventional playing technique, actual playing method must be indicated on the score.


  • Music scores to be applied may be the photo-copied ones.
  • Playing duration must be indicated and tempo mark must be mentioned.
  • Name of the composer must not be written on the score other than the cover.
  • Entrants are not allowed to change or correct the music after application.
    If the needs for some changes become obvious after the dress rehearsal, those changes may be allowed after reporting to the judges.
  • Music scores must be sent by post.
  • Composers can contact the players only on the day of dress rehearsal.


  • Category A: Unaccompanied music for mandolin solo
  • Players for the final competition will be prepared by the organizer and assigned to each music by drawing lots in the early part of August.
  • Category B: Concerted music for mandolin ensemble
  • Instrumentation must be two mandolin parts, mandola-tenor, guitar and double bass.
    Mandoloncello may be added.
  • Wind instruments and percussions are not allowed to be included.
  • Music will be performed by ARTE MANDOLINISTICA in the final competition.
  • ARTE MANDOLINISTICA is composed of 23 players which are;
    1st mandolin 4 players
    2nd mandolin 4 players
    Mandola-tenor 4 players
    Guitar 6 players
    Mandoloncello 3 players
    Double bass 2 players
    Entrants can specify the number of players within above mentioned numbers.


  • Preliminary Screening: examined only by music scores
  • Those which are worth playing publicly will be qualified to the final competition.
  • Music applied will be evaluated in three grades.
  • Name of the composer of each music will not be open to the judges.
  • The organizer will announce the results of the preliminary screening on the web site.
  • Final competition :to be held on October 8 and 9 in Osaka as stated above.
  • The competition will be open to the public and the music are to be marked out of 50 by nine judges who form the judging committee.
  • Those which obtained over 45 have chance to be awarded and there may be same scores.
  • Score of each music is the average of scores by seven judges which do not include maximum and minimum scores of all nine judges.
  • Final results will be determined by the mutual consent of the judges and they are not the subject to be protested.
  • Score of each entrants will be open to the public.
  • Judges are not allowed to evaluate those who studied under them in last five years.
  • Judges are not allowed to contact the entrants till the end of final competition.

Prize (for both categories each):

  • 1st Place: 200,000Yen
  • 2nd Place: 100,000Yen
  • 3rd Place: 50,000Yen
  • Prize winning numbers are to be published from ARTE MANDOLINISTICA.
  • There may be same places or vacant place.
  • There may be some special prizes upon recommendation by the judges.
  • When the prize winning composer get the special recommendation, the organizer
    will commission the composer to write a work for additional 200,000 yen.


  • In case the visa is needed to enter Japan, the entrant is required to acquire him/herself. Invitation letter will be issued by the organizer upon request.
  • When asking for the invitation letter, let the organizer know the following data;
  • First name and surname in his/her native language, Sex, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, Present address, Telephone number
  • Traveling costs (i.e. Ticket price, hotel expenses and food cost
  • Name of the person who bear the traveling cost together with his/her sex, occupation, address, telephone number and the relationship with the entrant.


  • Rights on any performances in the competition and concerts in relation with this competition by the entrants including recording, broadcastings and photos belong to the organizer.


  • If the cash prizes are subject to be taxed under Japanese law, those prizes will be
    given after deduction of tax.


  • Entrants are required to bear the traveling expenses when they attend the final
    competition however, half of transportation cost for the prize winning composers including those from abroad will be paid by the organizer.
  • The organizer is to bear the lodging charges of the entrants from abroad if they
    stay at the designated accommodations.

Introduction of Entry

Application was closed.
  • Application must be received between July 1, 2006 through July 15, 2006 by post.
  • 10,000 Yen
  • The application fee must be sent to the following bank account of Yasunobu Inoue,
    the chairman of ARTE MANDOLINISTICA;
    Account No.3178698 at Fujimori Branch, Bank of Kyoto Entrants are required to arrange to send the fee beforehand and get the receipt issued by the banking institution.
  • Those who want to enter the competition are requested to fill in the application forms and send to the office of ARTE MANDOLINISTICA printed below toge- ther with following items.
  • The 2nd Osaka International Mandolin Competition application forms downloading-updates-xxl (PDF file 60kB)
  • Music score
  • Photocopies of either hand-written or printed score can be accepted.
    It is advisable that the score is binded.
  • Two photographs of the composer in color.
  • The photographs should be taken within 12 months before application.
    Size of the photo will be left to the entrants.
    Entrants are requested to mention their names on the back of the photo.
  • Receipt of the application fee issued by the banking institution.
  • Please send them to:
    1-478, Sujikaibashi-kita,
    Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto
    612-0869 JAPAN
    TEL/FAX +81 75 646 3655

Category A: Unaccompanied music for mandolin solo

Keizo Ishibashi
  • Deep Obsession
  • Masataka Hori
Sayaka Ishiguro
  • “The Far Ancient Capital” for Mandolin Solo
  • Ayako Yokota
Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskaya
  • Suite for Mandolin solo “Travellers notes”
  • Natallia Korsak
Vyacheslav Kusnezov
  • Whisper and cry
  • Natallia Korsak
Daigo Marumoto
  • Four Preludes
  • Rie Sakuma
Tomohiro Moriyama
  • Song & Dance for Mandolin Solo
  • Chiaki Masukawa

Category B: Concerted music for mandolin ensemble Qualifiers

Hideyasu Endo
  • Spica’s Spanker
    Conductor: Yasunobu Inoue
Tadashi Hirata
  • Sinfonia
    Conductor: Yasunobu Inoue
Daigo Marumoto
  • KO-SAI
    Conductor: Yasunobu Inoue
Masahiko Naito
Goshi Yoishida
  • TippingPoint – Mass Game for Mandolin Orchestra
    Conductor: Yasunobu Inoue
Ippo Tsuboi
  • Three Movements of the Beach and the Poet
    Conductor: Yasunobu Inoue

Result of Final (Category A)

2 performers (applicants) got prizes as follows.

  • 1st Prize Ippo Tsuboi (Japan) Three Movements of the Beach and the Poet
  • 2nd Prize Not applicable
  • 3rd Prize Daigo Marumoto (Japan) KO-SAI


Result of Final (Category B)

1 performers (applicants) got prizes as follows.

  • 1st Prize Not applicable
  • 2nd Prize Keizo Ishibashi (Japan) Deep Obsession
  • 3rd Prize Not applicable


Preliminary Screening Result

Category A: 6 entries will advance to the final.
Category B: 5 entries will advance to the final.

  • Category A (Unaccompanied Solo music Qualifiers)
  • Keizo Ishibashi (JPN)
  • Sayaka Ishiguro (JPN)
  • Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskaya (BLR)
  • Vyacheslav Kusnezov (BLR)
  • Daigo Marumoto (JPN)
  • Tomohiro Moriyama (JPN)
  • Category B (Concerted music for mandolin ensemble Qualifiers)
  • Hideyasu Endo (JPN)
  • Tadashi Hirata (JPN)
  • Daigo Marumoto (JPN)
  • Masahiko Naito & Goshi Yoishida (JPN)
  • Ippo Tsuboi (JPN)


Results Summary

Category A: Unaccompanied Solo music Qualifiers

Not applicable

Keizo Ishibashi
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  • Deep Obsession

Not applicable

Category B: Concerted music for mandolin ensemble Qualifiers

Ippo Tsuboi
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  • Three Movements of the Beach and the Poet

Not applicable

Daigo Marumoto
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  • KO-SAI