The 37th International IRINO PRIZE for Chamber-Orchestral Work, 2016

February 12, 2016 in All Opportunities, Composers by mwhiteside

A composition for chamber orchestra, either previously performed or not performed yet, but which has not received any prizes. The composition should be scored for between twelve and seventeen instruments, comprising at most 1 flute (piccolo, alto/bass-fl), 1 oboe (cor anglais), 1 clarinet (Eb/bass/contrabass- cl, bassett horn), 1 bassoon (contrabassoon), 1 horn, 1 trumpet, 1 trombone, 1 tuba, 2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass, 1 saxophone (soprano/alto/tenor/baritone-sax.), 1 piano (celesta), 1 percussion (1 player) and 1 harp. Submission is limited to one composition per composer.

ELIGIBILITY: Any nationality. Composers must be less than 40 years old as of June 23, 2016.

DURATION: less than 15 minutes

DEADLINE: June 23, 2016 (Postmarked)


AWARD: 500,000 Japanese Yen
Note: Only one work will be awarded as a result of the final judges’ decision.

Composer should submit the followings:
1) Application form (download)
2) Score (on printed paper only — no electronic documents acceptable)
3) Explanation of the work (maximum 1 page)
4) An audio recording if available (audio CD only)
All materials should be sent to the IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION, Japan. All scores will be kept in the archive of the JML.

The winning composition will be performed by Tokyo Sinfonietta in its subscription concert series.
The instrumental parts for this performance must be provided by the composer.
JURY: Joji YUASA, Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA, Satoshi TANAKA, Takayuki RAI, Mari TAKANO, Masahiro MIWA, Haruyuki Suzuki
GUEST JURY: Yasuaki ITAKURA (Conductor and Music Director of Tokyo Sinfonietta)
CHAIRPERSON for 2016: Masahiro MIWA

ANNOUNCEMENT: September, 2016

INFORMATION: To obtain the application form and additional information, contact:
THE IRINO PRIZE FOUNDATION [Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO, president]
c/o NPO JML Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music
5-22-2 Matsubara, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3323-0646 Fax: +81-3-3325-5468
e-mail :

The IRINO PRIZE was founded in 1980 in honor of the late Yoshiro Irino, one of the most respected Japanese composers of his generation. The prize is administrated by The Irino Prize Foundation which was established after his death, on June 23,1980, by Mrs. Reiko Takahashi IRINO with the collaboration of renowned composers Maki ISHII, Joji YUASA and Yori-Aki MATSUDAIRA. The IRINO PRIZE is awarded to young composers who explore new directions, and demonstrate innovative creativity. The IRINO prize category alternates yearly, and is given for orchestral works in even years, and chamber works in odd years.