Sendai International Music Competition

The Sendai International Music Competition is a triennial violin and piano music competition held in Sendai, Japan, presented in association with the Sendai International Music Competition Organizing Committee, City of Sendai and the Sendai Cultural Foundation.[1] In the competition there is no overall winner, rather there are six winners each from the violin and piano categories, with the first-placed winners receiving the highest prize. Although the competition is international, most award-winners have been from either Europe or Asia. The first award-winner from outside those continents was American Sean Kennard, who finished fifth in the 2004 competition's piano category.

Sendai International Music Competition
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Sendai International Music Competition logo
Awarded forExceptional piano and violin performance
CountryJapan
Presented bySendai International Music Competition
First awarded2001
Last awarded2019
Websitehttps://simc.jp/en/ (in English)

HistoryEdit

The Sendai International Music Competition is held every three years.[2] at the Sendai City Youth Cultural Centre in Japan.[3] It has the stated purpose of "contributing to the development of world musical culture and the promotion of international cultural exchange through the discovery of young talented musicians".[4] It was established in 2001 to commemorate Sendai City's 400th anniversary,[5] and has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) since 2005.[6] Five competitions have been held, the most recent being in 2013,[7] with the next scheduled to take place on 21 May to 26 June 2016.[6]

FormatEdit

The competition consists of four stages: a pre-selection round, followed by a preliminary round, and then the semi-final and the final rounds in which all pieces are performed with an orchestra.[4] The competition is split into two categories: violin and piano.[8] The number of contestants who progress from the preliminary round to the semi-finals cannot exceed 12 and the contestants passing through to the final cannot exceed six.[4] In the preliminary, semi-final, and final stages of the competition the performances are chosen from a predetermined repertoire; the contestants must choose a different piece for each round.[9] The judging panel decides the placing of the prizewinners from first through sixth.[4] The prize money is as follows:[4]

Place Cash prize Additional prizes
First ¥3,000,000 (~25,000 USD) Diploma and Gold Medal
Second ¥2,000,000 (~17,000 USD) Diploma and Silver Medal
Third ¥1,000,000 (~8,500 USD) Diploma and Bronze Medal
Fourth ¥800,000 (~6,750 USD) Diploma
Fifth ¥700,000 (~6,000 USD) Diploma
Sixth ¥600,000 (~5,000 USD) Diploma

WinnersEdit

The first competition was held in 2001. Chinese Mengla Huang and Bulgarian Svetlin Roussev topped the violin category and the Italian Giuseppe Andaloro took first prize in the piano section. In the second tournament in 2004, Japanese Saeka Matsuyama won the violin part in the final and Xiaotang Tan from China came in first place in the piano category. In the 2007 finals, which contained five Russian contestants, the violin section was topped by Russian Alena Baeva while in the piano category the Japanese Yuya Tsuda came first. The 2010 violin competition was won by the German/South Korean Clara-Jumi Kang, while Vadym Kholodenko of Ukraine won the piano competition. As of 2013 there have been five competitions.[10]

2001Edit

Category Place Winner Country
Violin First Mengla Huang   China
First Svetlin Roussev   Bulgaria
Third Mi Sa Yang   South Korea
Fourth Yukiko Ishibashi   Japan
Fifth Rintaro Omiya   South Korea
Sixth Kei Shirai   Japan
Piano First Giuseppe Andaloro   Italy
Second Jin Sang Lee   South Korea
Third Wang Yuja   China
Fourth Daria Rabotkina   Russia
Fifth Roberto Plano   Italy
Sixth Amir Tebenikhin   Kazakhstan

2004Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin First Saeka Matsuyama   Japan
Second Maksim Brylinskiy   Ukraine
Third Dan Zhu   China
Fourth Andreas Janke   Japan
Fifth Valya Dervenska   Bulgaria
Sixth Yuki Manuela Janke   Japan
Piano First Xiaotang Tan   China
Second Masataka Takada   Japan
Third Michael Namirovsky   Israel
Fourth Elizaveta Dmitrieva   Russia
Fifth Sean Kennard   USA
Sixth Florence Boissolle   France

2007Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin First Alena Baeva   Russia
Second Erin Keefe   USA
Third A-Rah Shin   South Korea
Fourth Andrey Baranov   Russia
Fifth Sayaka Chiba   Japan
Sixth Haurka Nagao   Japan
Piano First Yuya Tsuda   Japan
Second Yi-Chih Lu   Taiwan
Third Oxana Shevchenko   Russia
Fourth Ilya Ovchinnikov   Russia
Fifth Ka-Ling Colleen Lee   Hong Kong
Sixth Vyacheslav Gryaznov   Russia

2010Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin First Clara-Jumi Kang   Germany/  South Korea
Second Andrey Baranov   Russia
Third Nagao Haruka   Japan
Fourth Kim Bomsori   South Korea
Fifth Kim Dami   South Korea
Sixth Giora Schmidt   USA
Piano First Vadym Kholodenko   Ukraine
Second Maria Masycheva   Russia
Third Marianna Prjevalskaya   Spain
Fourth Sato Hiroo   Japan
Fifth Moon Zheeyoung   South Korea
Sixth Kwan Yi   USA

2013Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin First Richard Lin   Taiwan
Second Narita Tatsuki   Japan
Third Tomii Chieri   Japan
Fourth Anna Savkina   Russia
Fifth Bomsori Kim   South Korea
Sixth Suliman Tekalli   USA
Piano First Sunwoo Yekwon   South Korea
Second Suh Hyung-Min   South Korea
Third Artem Yasynskyy   Ukraine
Fourth Sun-A Park   USA
Fifth Katada Airi   Japan
Sixth Hong Jihwan   South Korea

2016Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin First Jang Yoojin   South Korea
Second Stephen Kim   USA
Third Aoki Naoka   Japan
Fourth Anna Savkina   Russia
Fifth Meruert Karmenova   Kazakhstan
Sixth Okamoto Seiji   Japan
Piano First Kim Hyun Jung   South Korea
Second Evan Wong   USA
Third Kitabata Yoshito   Japan
Fourth Xiaoyu Liu   Canada
Fifth Shin Changyong   South Korea
Sixth Sakamoto Aya   Japan

2019Edit

Category Place Prize winners Country
Violin
First No Award
Second Shannon Lee   USA
Third Tomotaki Mayu   Japan
Fourth Kitada Chihiro   Japan
Fifth Elias David Moncado   Germany
Sixth Arai Rio   Japan
Sixth Ko Donghwi   South Korea
Piano First Choi Hyounglok   South Korea
Second Baron Fenwick   USA
Third Daria Parkhomenko   Russia
Fourth Sato Motohiro   Japan
Fifth Hirama Kyoshiro   Japan
Sixth Kim Junhyung   South Korea

ReferencesEdit

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  1. ^ "Organization : Sendai International Music Competition". www.simc.jp. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The 6th Sendai International Music Competition". Sendai International Music Competition. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "General Outline". Sendai International Music Competition. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e "Competition Code". Sendai International Music Competition. Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "History". www.simc.jp. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Concours International de Musique de Sendai". Fédération Mondiale des Concours Internationanux de Musique. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Archive". Sendai International Music Competition. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Sendai International Music Competition". www.city.sendai.jp. Archived from the original on 19 May 2008. Retrieved 23 May 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Repertoire". Sendai International Music Competition. Archived from the original on 12 January 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Home". Sendai International Music Competition. Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 31 January 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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