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Sony Music Foundation Presents "THE 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo"


Sony Music Foundation will be hosting “THE 12th INTERNATIONAL OBOE COMPETITION OF JAPAN 2018 in Tokyo” in September and October next year. The Competition is being held triennially since 1985, and to date, the prize winners are very active and successful including having taken the position of the principal oboists of world famous orchestra.

The first seven competitions were held in Tokyo. The venue was changed to Karuizawa, Nagano for the next four competitions, the 11th competition being the most recent. The 12th competition will be held in Tokyo for nine days from September 29 through October 7, 2018.

Official website:


Period for application:

February 15 (Thu) through March 13 (Tue), 2018 (must arrive by this date, Japan time)

Preliminary Screening with recorded materials (closed to the public): April, 2018


September 26 (Wed), 2018

(Following rounds are all open to the public)

First Round:

September 29 (Sat), 30 (Sun), 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall

Results announcement: September 30 (Sun)

Second Round:

October 2 (Tue), 3 (Wed), 4 (Thu), 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall

Results announcement: October 4 (Thu)

Final Round and Award Presentation Ceremony: October 6 (Sat), 2018 at Kioi Hall

Prize Winners & Jury Concert:

October 7 (Sun), 2018 at Kioi Hall

First and Second Rounds

Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall

Address: 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 163-1403 Japan
Final Round and Award Presentation Ceremony

Kioi Hall

Address: 6-5, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0094 Japan
[Jury Chairman]


(Oboist, Conductor)

[Members of Jury] (in alphabetical order)



Ken-ichi FURUBE

(Principal Oboist - New Japan Philharmonic)

Gordon HUNT

(Principal Oboe - London Chamber Orchestra, former Principal Oboe - Philharmonia Orchestra, Conductor)

Yoshiaki OBATA

(Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts)

Dwight PARRY

(Principal Oboist - Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra)


(Principal Bassoonist - Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo)

Contact information

c/o Sony Music Foundation
Shin Togami
Address: SME-Rokubancho Bldg., 4-5 Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-8353 Japan
Phone: +81-(0)3-3515-5261 (10:00 - 18:00 Japan time, on weekdays)
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