Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation aspires to promote and foster the possibility of more creative music culture for the future. As one sphere of our activities, to carry out the intention of the Foundation’s first artistic director, the late Toru Takemitsu, under the theme of “Prayer, Hope and Peace” and “Window to the Future”, the Foundation established the “Toru Takemitsu Composition Award” in order to inspire younger generations all over the world to contribute to the creation of new musical compositions.

Each year, one judge, without committee, reviews and chooses 4-5 compositions out of the submitted musical works to be performed in the Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, where the judge will announce the recipients of the award during the “Composium” festival, which takes place in around May each year, focuses on the contemporary music and features musical performances of works by the current year’s judge.

For three years from 1997 to 1999, Mr. Toru Takemitsu himself chose three composers, one for each year, and then these three composers nominated the next three composers for the coming three years, one for each year. Since the year 2003, the judge has been appointed by the recommendation of the Foundation’s Advisor Committee (whose members are Oliver Knussen, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Simon Rattle and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and were the late Hiroyuki Iwaki and the late Hiroshi Wakasugi), and the last three previous judges.


Philippe Manoury


Philippe Manoury (France)

[Final Concert]
9 June 2019 [Sun] 15:00

Thomas Adès


Thomas Adès (United Kingdom)

[Application deadline]
30 September 2019 [Mon] 18:00
[Final Concert]
31 May 2020 [Sun] 15:00

Pascal Dusapin


Pascal Dusapin (France)

[Application deadline]
30 September 2020 [Wed] 18:00
[Final Concert]
30 May 2021 [Sun] 15:00

How to entry

Qualifications of applicants Any person, regardless of nationality, who is not over 35 years old at the end of the year his / her application is submitted.
Eligible scores Composition for an orchestra, except concerto.
Entry fee Free
How to apply Please submit 2 copies of the bound score, together with a completed entry form. They must reach to the office to the following office by the above deadlines.
(We cannot accept scores by email.)

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Year 2019

Philippe Manoury (France)

Year 2020

Thomas Adès (United Kingdom)

Year 2021

Pascal Dusapin (France)

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