Hiroshima Hino Motors, Ltd. 75th Anniversary Commemorative Event

The 4rd
Hinokko Piano Competition +

The 4rd holding decision!

The 4rd event will be held.
Details will be released at any time.

Measures against Coronavirus

Measures are being taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, for the safety of everyone involved in this event.

Message from Chairman

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.” We have been holding a piano competition as a new projects since we marked the 75th anniversary of our founding.
This competition has three 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 had been hit hard by the coronavirus, and I think that students had been affected as well. Therefore, we planned this competition so that the prize money will be distributed to as many people as possible, albeit a small amount, to help fund for activities.
The last feature is the piano that we hold. All the finalists will perform on the FAZIOLI which is a full concert piano F278 in the "Hinokko Hall". There are still few facilities that hold on this piano in Japan, so we hope that it will be a valuable opportunity to experience live music.
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
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)

Application period: July 1st (Stu) to August 20th (Sun), 2023

Qualifying Round (video) August 21st (Mon) to September 22nd (Fri), 2023
Semi-final Round (video) October 10th (Tue) to October 31st (Tue), 2023
Final Round (Venue) November 26th (Sun), 2023
Venue: Hinokko Hall (2-7-4 Funakoshi-minami, Aki-ku, Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture)

Details will be provided on the competition website at a later date.
Number of

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

Judging Qualifying round/Semi-final round: Screening of submitted video recording
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 Chair of Judges Panel (Semi-final and Final Round)
 Ms. Yuko Nakamichi
Pianist; Professor of music performance department in Osaka University of Arts

Other judges
 Ms. Rina Yamamoto (All round)
 Ms. Ryoko Nagoshi (All round)
 Ms. Eriko Nakatomi (All round)
 Ms. Hiromi Nagahara (All round)
 Ms. Tomoka Shigeno (All round)
 Ms. Hayu Kozuta (All round)
 Mr. Kanji Kozuta (Semi-final and Final Round)
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
・Special Award 30,000 yen
Winners will be presented with certificates and prizes in the amounts listed above.
Song list
■Performed music

・Participants are free to choose any compositions. (Only the final round has assigned theme.) Solo piano compositions only. Original compositions are not allowed. If the composition finished performing within the specified time, you can perform another one.
・Please apply with different songs in each round.
・Please perform the compositions without using sheet music.
・If your compositions are different order or list from the pre-registration, points will be deducted.
・In principle, you have to ignore the repetition symbol, but you are free to repeat only the compositions of the final round. However, “D.C” and” D.S” should be played as well as sheet music.
・Please choose from compositions whose copyright has expired or compositions managed by JASRAC. (Please refer to the J-WID website : http://www2.jasrac.or.jp/eJwid/ )

【Qualifying Round】Video judgement
・Please finish your performance within 6 minutes from the start. It is not include enter and exit.
If the performance time has passed above time, points will be deducted.
  * Please confirm "How to submit videos" for more information on submitting videos.

【Semi-final Round】Video judgement
・Please finish your performance within 10 minutes from the start. It is not include enter and exit.
If the performance time has passed above time, points will be deducted.
  * Please confirm "How to submit videos" for more information on submitting videos.

【Final Round】Judging at the venue
・Please finish your performance within 20 minutes and more than 15 minutes from the start. It is not include enter and exit. If the performance time has passed above time, points will be deducted.
・Please include one or more compositions by the following composers in your performance.
①W.A. Mozart ②L.V. Beethoven ③F. Chopin
*The following compositions are recommended.
・Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K. 331, 3rd Movement (Turkish March)
・Piano Sonata No.14 in C-sharp minor “Quasi una fantasia”, Op. 27, No. 2, 1st Movement
・Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2

The purpose is to encourage the persons who 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 compositions.
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.

Please click here for more details about submitting an application.

Application for Qualifying Round Judges

Number of people
Selection process