The 6th Osaka International Mandolin Festival & Competition

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Competition Outline

ARTE will hold the 2nd composition competition!
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  • Sunday, October 10, 2010
  • Composition for Mandolin Orchestra
  • Works must be composed for 6 parts, (Mandolin I, Mandolin II, Mandola, Mandoloncello, Guitar, and Contrabass) or 5 parts (excludes Mandoloncello).
  • Works must not includes wind or percussion parts.
  • Duration of the works must be approximately 10 minutes.
  • The number of the orchestra member must be 50 or less.
  • Composer can specify the number of the member.
  • Application Deadline: August 16, 2010 (Mon)
  • Application must be received by the date.
  • Preliminary Screening: Screening based on scores
  • Result will be announced on September 1, 2010 at the website of the organizer.
  • Around 6 candidates will advance to the final.
  • Final: Judgment based on public performance
  • Rehearsals: October 9th, 2010.
  • Final: October 10th, 2010.
  • Performer: ARTE MANDOLINISTICA conducted by Yasunobu Inoue
  • First Prize: 200,000yen
  • ARTE MANDOLINISTICA will request the first prize winner to compose another new piece with commition fee 200,000yen.
  • Second Prize: 150,000yen
  • Third Prize: 100,000yen
  • Michio Kitazume
    (Composer, Professor of Kunitachi College of Music, Japan)
  • Takashi Kubota
    (Conductor, Composer, Japan)
  • Shuji Kozakura
    (Composer, Former professor of Nagoya College of Music, Japan)
  • Yoshinao Kobayashi
    (Composer, Japan)
  • Norio Fukusi
    (Composer, Professor of Kunitachi College of Music, Japan)
  • Keigo Fujii
    (Guitarist, Composer, Japan)
  • Hiroyuki Fujikake
    (Composer, Japan)
  • Hinoharu Matsumoto
    (Compser, Professor of Kyoto City University of Arts, Japan)
  • Works must be composed for 6 parts (Mandolin I, Mandolin II, Mandola, Mandoloncello, Guitar, and Contrabass) of mandolin orchestra, or 5 parts (excludes Mandoloncello).
  • Works must not include wind or percussion parts, and duration of the works must be approximately 10 minutes.
  • The number of the orchestra members must be around 50. (Applicants can specify the number of the members.)
  • Works must not have been announced to public before the competition.
  • An applicant must apply only one work.
  • It is not allowed to make the recording or the performance of the applied work open to public before the final of the competition.
  • It is possible to entry regardless of age and nationality.
  • The applied work can be a suite, when the total duration is approximately 10 minutes.
  • The way of playing, such as tremolo, picking, or, pizzicato, must be noted on the score. Notation is up to applicants. If the work needs particular ways of playing, the concrete way of playing must be described on the score.
  • Applicants can submit the work by the photocopy of the original score.
  • The duration and the tempo (described with metronome or other ways) of the work must be written on the score.
  • The title of the work and the name of the applicant must be written on the cover of the score. Do not write them in the inside of the score.
  • Time of the rehearsal on Oct. 9th is 60 minutes per a work. The applicant must attend in principle. The applicant from outside Japan can skip the rehearsal.
  • The applicant is not allowed to change, to correct or to touch up the scores after submitting. If inevitable changes are found in the rehearsal, the applicant can change, correct or touch up the score after the organizer’s permission.
  • The applicant is not allowed to contact the performer before the rehearsal on Oct. 9th.
  • Preliminary Screening: Screening based on the scores
  • The works are rated either A, B or C (A is the best score).
  • Around 6 works will proceed to the final.
  • Final: Judgment based on public performance
  • The works are rated marked out of 50 points.
  • Judging committee which includes 9 judges takes charge of the judgment under the judgment policy.
  • The final result will be decided through discussions by the judges according to the scores.
  • The average score of 7 judges out of 9 will be the final score, since the maximum and minimum scores will be excluded to reduce bias.
  • 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 applicants until the end of final competition.
  • The filnal decisions of the jury will not be overturned.
  • 10,000 yen
    The registration fee is not needed when submitting the work and the application sheet. The way of paying the entry fee is informed to the entrants after we accept the application.
  • The organizer will pay traveling and lodging expense for the finalists on the following condition.
  • 50 percent of the traveling expense (for applicants from either Japan or outside Japan)
  • The expense of the lodging on Oct. 10th and 11th (The hotel is specified by the organizer.)
  • All the awarded works will be published by organizer.
TRAVELLING VISAS (Only for applicants from outside Japan):
  • If a visa is needed to enter Japan, the applicant is required to acquire it on one’s own responsibility.
  • An invitation letter will be issued by the organizer upon request.
  • When asking for the invitation letter, let the organizer know the following information:
  • First name and surname in his/her native language
  • Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Occupation, Present address and Telephone number
  • Traveling costs (Ticket price, hotel expenses and food cost)
  • Name of the person who bears the traveling cost together with his/her gender, occupation, address, telephone number and the relationship with the applicant.
Tax on the cash prize:
  • If the cash prizes are subject to be taxed under Japanese law, those prizes will be given after deduction of tax.
  • Rights on any performances in the competition and concerts in relation with this competition by the applicants including recording, broadcastings and photos belong to the organizer.

Introduction of Entry

Application was closed.
  • Mail the following documents. Applicants from outside Japan are allowed to send them via e-mail.
  • A score of the work to entry: A photocopy of the original score is allowed. A bound score is preferable. Either handwritten score or printed score is acceptable.
  • An application sheet: downloading-updates-xxl
  • 2 copies of color photograph of the applicant are required: The size is not specified. It must be photographed within one year. (It is allowed to send picture in JPEG format via e-mail.)
  • The application must be arrived by Monday, August 16, 2010
  • Non-profit Organization ARTE MANDOINISITCA Competition Bureau
    1-478 Sujikaibashi-kita Fukakusa Fushimi-ku Kyoto, JAPAN, zip 612-0869
  • Tel&Fax: 075-646-3655
  • E-Mail:

Composition for Mandolin Orchestra

Kosuke Hashizume
(Japan/Belgium, 1984-)
  • Espoire+Facteur+Nostalgie
He is a enrolled in the Department of Composition, Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles, after studying in Conservatoire National de Region de Nice. He has studied under J.L.Luzignant and D. Cappelletti.
Uladzimir Karalchuk
(Belarus, 1958)
  • Sonata <<PERPETUO MOTO>>
He is a professor of the The Belarusian State Academy of Music.
Tadashi Hirata
(Japan, 1969)
  • Fantasia “the message from the north”
He has studied under Takashi Kubota. He is a member of Kubota Philomandolinen Orchester.
Yukio Akiyama
(Japan, 1972-)
  • Fantasia
He has studied under Takashi Kubota and Haruyuki Suzuki.
Natsumi Watanabe
(Japan, 1979-)
  • Beating for Mandolin Orchestra
She was graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music. She has studied under Michio Kidazume.
Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskya
(Belarus, 1981-)
  • Quo Vadis?
She has studied under G.Gorelova and Uladzimir Karalchuk.
Yuko Miki
(Japan, 1983-)
  • KANADE for Mandolin Orchestra
She is enrolled in the graduate school of Shiga University. She has studied under Chiharu Wakabayashi.

Final Results

Three entries won a prize in the cometition of composition category.

  • 1st Prize Not applicable
  • 2nd Prize Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskaya (Belarus) Quo Vadis?
  • 2nd Prize Uladzimir Karalchuk (Belarus) Sonata <<Perpetuo moto>>
  • 3rd Prize Natsumi Watanabe (Japan) Beating for Mandolin Orchestra


Preliminary Screening Result

7 entries will advance to the final.

  • Kosuke Hashizume (Japan)
  • Uladzimir Karalchuk (Belarus)
  • Tadashi Hirata (Japan)
  • Yukio Akiyama (Japan)
  • Natsumi Watanabe (Japan)
  • Kseniya Vechar Kavalevskya (Belarus)
  • Yuko Miki (Japan)

Final will be held on October 10th, 2010 at the Izumi Hall, Osaka.


Results Summary

Composition for Mandolin Orchestra

Not applicable

Kseniya Vechar-Kavalevskaya
by100 (Belarus)
  • Quo Vadis?

Uladzimir Karalchuk
by100 (Belarus)
  • Sonata <<PERPETUO MOTO>>

Natsumi Watanabe
pics2648 (Japan)
  • Beating for Mandolin Orchestra

Rehearsal video

ARTEGRAPH – 第6回大阪国際マンドリンコンクール – ギターの時間編

Performance video

ARTEGRAPH-4 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリン… – 橋爪 皓佐作品-Kosuke Hashizume
ARTEGRAPH-10 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリン… – Uladzimir K作品
ARTEGRAPH-6 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリンコンクール – 平田 唯史作品-
ARTEGRAPH-9 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリンコンクール – 秋山行雄作品-
ARTEGRAPH-7 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリン… – 渡邊なつ実作品-Natsumi Watanabe
ARTEGRAPH-8 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリンコンクール -KseniyaKAVALEVSKAYA –
ARTEGRAPH-5 – 第6回大阪国際マンドリン… -三木祐子作品-Yuko Miki