The 3rd Osaka International Mandolin Competition & Festival

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Competition Outline

  • October 6 and 7, 2007
  • The Phoenix Hall (Osaka)
    c/o Nissay Dowa General Insurance Co. Ltd.
    4-15-10 Nishi-Tenma, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0047 JAPAN
  • Solo Mandolin
  • June 11, 2007 (Mon):
  • Registration period Application must be received
  • July 1, 2007 (Sun):
  • Announcement of Preliminary Screening results.
  • October 6, 2007 (Sat):
  • Second Screening (Semi-Final)
  • October 7, 2007 (Sun):
  • Final competition is.
  • \10,000
  • Andrey Gorbachev
    (Balalaika player, Russia)
  • Nikolai Maretzky
    (Mandolin player, Belarus)
  • Caterina Lichtenberg
    (Mandolin player, Germany)
  • Tamara Volskaya
    (Domra player, USA)
  • Henri Dorigny
    (Guitarist, France)
  • Takashi Kubota
    (Conductor, Composer, Japan)
  • Masanobu Nishigaki
    (Guitar player and Composer, Japan)
  • Kazuo Senzaki
    (Former principal fagotto player at Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Japan)
  • The 3rd Osaka International Mandolin Competition is open to every person born after January 1st, 1975, regardless of nationality.
  • Preliminary Screening
  • Compulsory Music numbers
  • Jiro Nakano (1902-2000): Preghiera op.21
  • or
  • Silvio Ranieri(1882-1956): Variazioni su un Tema di Haydn
  • The candidates must choose one of the pieces and record it on either MD(mini-disc), CD-R, cassette tape or DAT.
  • Please note that the candidates may be asked to resubmit the recording when there seems
    to be a long distance between the player and the recording microphone.
  • Second Screening (Semi-Final)
  • Compulsory Music numbers
  • Yasuo Kuwahara(1946-2003) “A Dumb Door” (Vogt & Fritz)
  • The competitors must play Yasuo Kuwahara’s “A Dumb Door” (Vogt & Fritz)
  • The competitors are responsible for choosing other pieces to play as well as the order
    of presentation.
  • The competitors must enter the stage, tune, perform and leave within 20 minutes.
  • The competitors can also choose to play with or without accompaniment.
  • Final
  • The competitors choose pieces to play and the order of presentation.
  • The competitors must enter the stage, tune, perform and leave within 30 minutes.
  • The competitors choose freely choose whether they play with or without accompaniment.
  • First Prize \200,000 and other prizes
    Second Prize \100,000 and extra prizes
    Third Prize \50,000 and extra prizes
  • The organizer is to hold gala concerts in 2008 and the winners must perform in those
  • The organizer will guarantee the performance fee of 100,000Yen per one concert and
    bear the cost for accommodations of the winners in Japan.
  • Preliminary Screening
  • The names of the players are withheld from the judges.
  • The performances are rated either A, B or C.
  • A: qualified
  • B: neither qualified nor unqualified
  • C: unqualified
  • Second Screening (Semi-Final)
  • The performances of Yasuo Kuwahara’s “A Dumb Door” are marked out of 25 points.
  • The performances of the competitors’ choices are also marked out of 25 points.
  • The sum of the two performances is the players’ point.
  • Final
  • The performances are marked out of 50 points.
  • The final results will be the average of 6 judges.
  • To reduce bias, the maximum and minimum scores will be excluded.
  • The final decision will be made through discussions by the judges after reviewing all the entrant’s scores.
  • The list of marks 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 until the end of final competition.
  • The decisions of the jury are final.
  • If a visa is needed to enter Japan, the entrant is required to acquire it him/herself.
    An invitation letter will be issued by the organizer upon request.
     When asking for the invitation letter, let the organizer know the following data:
     1. First name and surname in his/her native language,
     2. Gender, Date of Birth, Nationality, Occupation, Present address and Telephone
     3. Traveling costs (i.e. Ticket price, hotel expenses and food cost),
     4. Name of the person who bears the traveling cost together with his/her gender, occupation, address, telephone number and the relationship with the competitor.
  • The entrants are requested to get insurance themselves over their own health, loss or damage to their belongings if needed since the organizer takes on no responsibility for those matters.
  • 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.
  • Competitors are not allowed to appear in any concerts while they are still in the
    process of competition.
  • If the cash prizes are subject to be taxed under Japanese law, those prizes will be
    given after deduction of tax.

Introduction of Entry

Application was closed.
  • The application includes the following:
  • Completed application form (downloaded on website or can be mailed upon request)
  • Two photographs from the waist up in color. The photographs should be taken within
    6 months before application and printed on glossy papers of the size of over 7×10 cm or 2.8’x4’.
  • Recording of the piece for preliminary screening (see PROGRAM)
  • Send all materials to address:
    1-478, Sujikaibashi-kita,
    Fukakusa, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. JAPAN zip 612-0869
  • TEL/FAX +81 75 646 3655
  • Please note:
  • The application may be rejected if any of the documents or items are missing.
  • The documents and recorded materials will not be returned to the applicants.
  • The organizer will bear no responsibility for the loss or damage to the documents
    and/or recorded materials during transportation.
  • Candidates will receive a written confirmation of registration and a bill for the
    registration fee of \10,000.
  • Candidates are requested to bear the bank handling charge and the registration fee is not refundable under any condition.
  • If the application fee is not paid by the due date, the acknowledgment for the
    entrance will become null.

Solo Mandolin

Ilya Drahunov
(1985- Belarus)
Entry Canceled
Toru Izumi
(1988- Japan)
  • Sarasate/Zigeunerwaisen op.20
  • Ranieri Concerto in Re Maggiore

Piano:Tomoko Sadayasu
Christian Laier
(1982- Germany)
  • Calace/Gran Preludio
  • Bach/Ciaccona from Partita No.2 BWV1004
  • Harrington/Erg for mandolin and guitar
  • Piazzolla/Historie du Tango -Bordel 1900

Guitar:Kumst Katoline
Takaomi Makino
(1979- Japan)
  • Calace/Concerto No.1 – 1 mov
  • Bach/Fuga from violin sonata no.1
  • Ranieri/Concerto in Re Maggiore -3 mov.

Piano:Ayako Kawahara
Sabine Marze-Valet
(1982- France)
  • Calace/Prelude No.1
  • Leone/Sonata No.6
  • Munier/Capriccio Spagnuolo
  • Kuwahara/Improvised Poem

Guitar:Ako Ito
Goh Mochizuki
(1980- Japan)
  • Kuwahara/Perpetual Movement
  • Calace/Concerto No.1 – 1 mov
  • Grafschmidt/Aproximacao
  • Ravel/Tzigane

Piano:Hiroaki Takaha
Fumi Suzuki
(1986- Japan)
  • N.Calace/Andante e Polonese
  • Ifukube/Violin Sonata

Piano:Tomoko Sadayasu
Shingo Tomioka
(1983- Japan)
  • Vitali/Ciaccona
  • Calace/Concerto No.2

Piano:Yoriko Aoki
Takashi Tomonari
(1980- Japan)
  • Calace/Prelude No.10
  • Calace/Piccola Gavotto
  • Pettine/My old Kentucky home
  • Milanesi/Studio Scherzo
  • Nakata,Orii/”Sousyun-hu”Fantasia
Taro Tsukamoto
(1983- Japan)
  • Calace/Concerto No.1 – 3mov
  • Nakano/Fantasy No.2
  • Popper/Hungarian Rhapsody op.68
  • Calace/Rapsodia Napoletana

Piano:Tomoko Sadayasu
Ayako Ueno
(1987- Japan)
  • Munier/1a Aria Variata
  • Marucelli/Capriccio Zingaresco
  • Calace/Rondo
  • Munoz/”Estampes” -Tendresse matinale, Daisen-in

Piano:Michiko Kato
Anne Wolf
(1987- Germany)
  • Denis/Capriccio No.1
  • Calace/Prelude No.2
  • Abel/Allegro(from Suite d-moll)
  • Nakano/Fantasia No.2
  • Hesse/”Sechs Prelude” No.4,5,6
  • Kuwahara/Improvised Poem

Result of Competition

3 performers (applicants) got prizes as follows.

  • 1st Prize Sabine Marzé-Valet (France)
  • 2nd Prize Anne Wolf (Germany)
  • 3rd Prize Toru Izumi (Japan)


Results of the Semifinal

These 5 performers advanced to the final.

  • 1st Sabine Marzé-Valet (FRA)
  • 2nd Anne Wolf (GER)
  • 3rd Christian Laier (GER)
  • 3rd Goh Mochizuki (JPN)
  • 5th Toru Izumi (JPN)


Results of the Preliminary Screening

These 13 performers will advance to semi-final.

  • Ilya Drahunov (BLR)
  • Toru Izumi (JPN)
  • Christian Laier (GER)
  • Takaomi Makino (JPN)
  • Sabine Marzé-Valet (FRA)
  • Goh Mochizuki (JPN)
  • Alena Stasiukevich (BLR)
  • Fumi Suzuki (JPN)
  • Shingo Tomioka (JPN)
  • Takashi Tomonari (JPN)
  • Taro Tsukamoto (JPN)
  • Ayako Ueno (JPN)
  • Anne Wolf (GER)

3rd_Preliminary Screening

Results Summary

Solo Mandolin

Sabine Marzé-Valet
pics2658 (France)
  • Calace/Prelude No.1
  • Leone/Sonata No.6
  • Munier/Capriccio Spagnuolo
  • Kuwahara/Improvised Poem

Anne Wolf
pics2650 (Germany)
  • Munier/1a Aria Variata
  • Marucelli/Capriccio Zingaresco
    Munoz/”Estampes” -Tendresse matinale, Daisen-in

Toru Izumi
pics2648 (Japan)
  • Sarasate/Zigeunerwaisen op.20
  • Ranieri Concerto in Re Maggiore