Latvian choir wins 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition

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Latvian choir, Mixed Choir MASKA, has won the 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition, which ran from 26-28 July 2019 in Harumi, Chuo City, Tokyo.

57 choirs from across the globe made it to the Competition Final, which took place at the following venues:

  • Dai-ichi Seimei Hall
  • Nihonbashi Kokaido
  • Lutheran ichigaya Center
  • St Mary’s Cathedral

New works by Japanese composers

Produced and directed by conductor and composer, Ko Matsushita, the Competition featured new works by four Japanese composers:

  • Ayako Meida (Children’ s Choir Category)
  • Nozomi Matsumoto (Youth Choir Category)
  • Yuka Yamashita (Chamber Choir Category)
  • Maki Ueda (Equal Voice & Mixed Choir Categories)

In addition, Kentaro Shuto’s award-winning work from the 2018 Japan International Choral Composition Competition was featured as the Competition’s Contemporary Music Category set piece.

International Jury Panel

The Competition Jury Panel was as follows:

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds (Composer, Latvia)
  • Cristian Grases (Conductor/ Composer, Venezuela/USA)
  • Levente Gyöngyösi (Composer, Hungary)
  • Pasi Hyökki (Conductor, Finland)
  • Jennifer Tham (Conductor, Singapore)
  • Makiko Kinoshita (Composer, Japan)
  • Fumiaki Kuriyama (Conductor, Japan)

Winning choirs in eight categories were awarded 50,000 JPY while Mixed Choir MASKA received 500,000 JPY. The choir, which is conducted by Artistic Director, Jānis Ozols, will go on to perform in the Grand Prix round.

The 3rd Tokyo International Choir Competition runs from 19-21 September 2020. For more information, please click here.


グランプリコンクール出場団体 2nd Tokyo International Choir Competition results : perform in Grand Prix round​

カテゴリA 児童合唱部門
Category A Children’s Choir

千葉ソナク少年少女合唱団
Chiba Sunhak Boys and Girls Chorus(Chiba / JAPAN)​

カテゴリB シニア部門
Category B Senior Choir

​Osaka Female Choir(Osaka / JAPAN)

​カテゴリC ユース部門
Category C Youth Choir

​埼玉県立松伏高等学校合唱部
Matsubushi High school chorus club(Saitama / JAPAN)

​カテゴリD 室内合唱部門
Category D Chamber Choir

​vocalconsort initium(Tokyo / JAPAN)

カテゴリE 同声合唱部門
Category E Equal Voice Choir

La Pura Fuente(Kanagawa / JAPAN)

カテゴリF 混声合唱部門
Category F Mixed Choir

Jauktais koris MASKA
Mixed Choir MASKA(LATVIA)

​Chór Kameralny Akademii Muzycznej im. Feliksa Nowowiejskiego w Bydgoszczy
Chamber Choir of the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz(POLAND)

​カテゴリG 現代音楽部門
Category G Contemporary Music

Koro ng Unibersidad ng Pilipinas Manila
University of the Philippines Manila Chorale(PHILIPPINES)

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