Toru Takemitsu Composition Award[Results]


George Benjamin

George Benjamin (United Kingdom)

Tatsuya Shimono, conductor / Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra


  • 1st Prize
    Joël Mérah (France)Profile&Speech
    Cash Award
    1,00,000 yen
  • 2nd Prize
    Dai Fujikura (Japan) Profile&Speech
    calling Timbuktu
    Cash Award
    700,000 yen
  • 3rd Prize
    Phillip Neil Martin (UK)Profile&Speech
    Nights Bright Days
    Cash Award
    500,000 yen
    Vittorio Zago (Italy)Profile&Speech
    Cash Award
    500,000 yen
  • 4th prize
    Ippo Tsuboi (Japan)Profile&Speech
    Cash Award
    300,000 yen
I.Tsuboi, P.N.Martin, J.Mérah, G.Benjamin, D.Fujikura, V.Zago photo © Michiharu Okubo

I.Tsuboi, P.N.Martin, J.Mérah, G.Benjamin, D.Fujikura, V.Zago
photo © Michiharu Okubo


1st Prize
Joël Mérah (France)

Born in Paris. He started his music studies at the Conservatoy in Bayonne with courses in guitar, harmony and analysis. And then studied composition at Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris under G. Grisey, M. Stroppa and others. He has also polished his guitar talents in the concerts. Worked as an assistant at IRCAM and was later invited to compose a contemporary ballet in Nairobi (Kenia) by the Gaara danse company. He teaches musical analysis as a professor at the Conservatory in Bayonne.

2nd Prize
Dai Fujikura (Japan)
calling Timbuktu

Born in Osaka, Japan. At the 15 years old, he moved to England, and studied at Trinity College of Music under Daryl Runswick and is presently studying at Royal Collage of Music under Edwin Roxburgh. He won the Serocki International Competition in 1998, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival Young Composers' Award. In 2000, his chamber opera"This Could Be Beautiful?" has been premiered in Hoxton Hall by Adorning Opera Company. The performances of his works include London Sinfonietta, London Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, the Polish Radio Orchestra and others. He will start to study in a doctor degree next year.

3rd Prize
Phillip Neil Martin (UK)
Nights Bright Days

Born in Canterbury. Recent commissions include an orchestral fanfare for the London Philharmonic Orchestra to open their concert series at the Royal Festival Hall. And solo violin piece for the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2002 was performed with subsequent broadcasts on BBC television and radio. Recent performances include 'Landscape' for fifteen players at the Aldeburgh festival in June 2002. Graduated with a first class honours degree from the Royal College of Music in July. He is now studying on the master course under the continued tuition of Julian Anderson.

3rd Prize
Vittorio Zago (Italy)

Born in Vigevano, Pavia. He Obtained his diploma of piano in 1989. Studied composition at the Verdi Concervatory in Milan and took his diploma with full marks in 1993. In 1994 summer, he studied at Mozarteum, Salzburg under M. Kagel. In the same year, he won G. Petrassi prize and the 1st prize at the 16th National Composer's Competition Castello di Belveglio. And in 1999, won the International Composition Prize Citta di Pavia. Some of his works have been performed in many places in Italy, broadcasted by National Radio in Spain and Holland, recorded in a CD, and published by Recordi, Regginenti and Berben. He teaches composition at Conservatory in Cagliari. Selected one of the finalists of this same competition in 2000.

4rd Prize
Ippo Tsuboi (Japan)

Born in Takarazuka, Japan. He was nominated to Sogaku Song Composition Competition in 1995. Graduated Tokyo Collage of Music. His work 'Ha-ni-wa' was included in the repertory of Tokyo PTNA Piano Competition in 2002.

Year 2019

Philippe Manoury (France)

Year 2020

Thomas Adès (United Kingdom)

Year 2021

Pascal Dusapin (France)

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