Hiroshima Hino Motors, Ltd. 75th Anniversary Commemorative Event

1st
Hinokko Piano Competition +

Message from Chairman & CEO

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all those who have been struggling with the spread of the novel coronavirus. 
I sincerely hope that this situation will be resolved as soon as possible, so that we can return to our peaceful lifestyles.
Hiroshima Hino Motors has been supporting the fine arts and performing arts through a variety of activities for about 20 years, in order to “share art with everyone.”
For our 75th anniversary, we will hold a new piano competition.
This competition has two unique features.
The first feature is that we can use the Internet to hold this competition even under these difficult circumstances.
The second feature is the number of participants who will be awarded prizes.
The music scene has been hit hard by the coronavirus, and I think that students have been affected as well.
Therefore, in an effort to provide even just a small amount of support to musicians, the prize money for this competition will be spread among several participants.
I am very pleased that everyone who advances past the qualifying round will have the opportunity to perform in “Hinokko Hall” at Hiroshima Hino Motors, subject to the public health conditions at that time.
I hope that this new competition, designed from a new perspective, will help to provide even just a little support to students who are studying music.
Hirofumi Ueno, Chairman & CEO
Hiroshima Hino Motors, Ltd.

Overview of Hinokko Piano Competition +

Application for Competitors

Eligibility Persons 18 to 26 years old.
Undergraduate students or above.
A major in music is not required.
Participation fee Free of charge (Participants are responsible for miscellaneous expenses related to recording, etc.)
Subsidies provided to finalists for transportation and accommodation (with upper limit)
Subsidies provided to semi-finalists for transportation (with upper limit)
Schedule

Application period/Screening of audio/video recordings for qualifying round
: July 21 to September 30, 2020
Announcement of results of qualifying round (by email): November 4 to November 7, 2020
Semi-final round: December 12, 2020
Final round: December 13, 2020
Number of
participants

First 200 applicants (may increase, depending on the total number of applications)

Judging Qualifying round: Screening of submitted audio recording (video)
Semi-final round/Final round: Public judging at the venue
(Online public judging is planned for the final round.)
The performance order during the semi-final round and the final round will be determined through a drawing by the organizer.
Judges Yuko Nakamichi (semi-final round and final round only)
Tomomi Fukui, Rina Yamamoto
Ryoko Nakayama, Eriko Nakatomi (all rounds)
Musicians and music aficionados will also be selected.
Venue Hinokko Hall
2-7-4 Funakoshi-minami, Aki-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Piano Fazioli full concert piano
Awards (prizes)


1st place: 300,000 yen
2nd place: 200,000 yen
3rd place: 100,000 yen
4th - 10th places: 50,000 yen
Honorable Mention Award: 30,000 yen
Winners will be presented with certificates and prizes in the amounts listed above.
Song list ■ Performance time
Qualifying round (audio or video recording): Up to 6 minutes
Semi-final round (venue): Up to 10 minutes
Final round (venue): Up to 20 minutes
[Specified selections final round]
Please include one or more selections by the following composers in your performance.
(1) W.A. Mozart
(2) L.V. Beethoven
(3) F. Chopin
*The following selections are recommended:
(1) Twelve Variations on “Ah vous dirai-je, Maman” in C major, K. 265
(1) Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331, 3rd Movement (Turkish March)
(2) Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, 1st Movement
(3) Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
*What are recommended selections?
In addition to professional pianists,
the judging committee for this competition will also include people with a variety of backgrounds.
The purpose is to encourage enchanting and emotional performances of music
that is familiar even to listeners who might not have a deep knowledge of music.
Therefore, we have provided a list of recommended selections.

■ Notes
• During the final round, a bell will ring if the performance exceeds the specified time.
This will not affect the score.
• The performance of multiple selections is allowed in every round.
• In principle, repeats should be omitted.
However, regarding the specified selections for the final round,
repeats are left to the discretion of the performer.
*However, da capo and dal segno should be followed as indicated in the score.
• All selections should be played from memory.
Submission process Please click here for details about how to submit an audio or video recording.
Organizer Hinokko Piano Competition + Executive Committee
Sponsors Fazioli Japan Co., Ltd.
H. Matsuo Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.
Hiroshima Language Academy (HLA Japanese Language Training Center)

Please click here for more details about submitting an application.

Application for Qualifying Round Judges

Subject Screening of audio/video recordings during qualifying round
Schedule
Application period: July 21 to August 31, 2020
Screening of audio/video recordings for qualifying round: October 1 to October 31, 2020
The final round can be viewed via the live stream on the Internet.
A link to the live stream will be provided on our website at a later date.
Number of
applicants
10
Eligibility Applicants are not required to be professional or amateur musicians.
However, they must be at least 18 years old.
Selection process Based on written application
Other Judges will be presented with an honorarium.

If you have any inquiries, please contact us at the email address shown below.
Hinokko Piano Competition + Executive Committee
E-MAIL:info@hinokko-piano.jp