Toru Takemitsu Composition Award

Tokyo Opera City Cultural Foundation aims to stimulate creative activities in the field of music, following the principles of "Prayer, Hope and Peace" that the late artistic director, Toru Takemitsu originally set out. As a way to embody these ideas and provide a "Window to the Future" this international composition award in Mr. Takemitsu's name continues to encourage a younger generation of composers who will shape the coming age thru their new musical works.

This Award is unique in that each year only one judge (without committee) is responsible for the outcome. Each year, the judge examines the submitted scores and selects by his own judgment the compositions to be awarded. Our foundation appoints 3 composers to judge the competition in 3-year cycles.

For the first cycle, Mr. Takemitsu himself chose the first three composers to head the competition.

After Mr. Takemitsu's passing, the initial 3 composers nominated their 3 successors.

Since 2003, the selection of judges is made by ballot among the Foundation's Advisors Committee (whose members have included the late Hiroyuki Iwaki, Oliver Knussen, Kent Nagano, Kazushi Ono, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the late Hiroshi Wakasugi) and the previous judges.


Unsuk Chin


Unsuk Chin (Korea)

[Application deadline]
29 September 2017 [Fri] 18:00
[Final Concert]
27 May 2018 [Sun] 15:00

Philippe Manoury


Philippe Manoury (France)

[Application deadline]
28 September 2018 [Fri] 18:00
[Final Concert]
26 May 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.)

How to entry[ See details ]

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Year 2017

Heinz Holliger (Switzerland)

Year 2018

Unsuk Chin (Korea)

Year 2019

Philippe Manoury (France)

Year 2020

Thomas Adès (United Kingdom)

Year 2021

Pascal Dusapin (France)


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Toru Takemitsu Composition Award