The 10th Kobe International Flute Competition

COMPETITION DATES August 26 through September 5, 2021
  • First Round August 26 [Thu] – September 5 [Sun]
March 22 through March 28, 2022
  • Second Round March 22 [Tue] and March 23 [Wed]
  • Third Round March 25 [Fri]
  • Final Round March 27 [Sun]
  • Awards Ceremony/Exhibition Concert March 28 [Mon] (Postponed at the later date)

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the competition’s schedules originally planned was changed.(04/05/2021)


First Round Online

Second Round through Final Round
Kobe Bunka Hall, Medium Hall Online

Awards Ceremony & Exhibition Concert
Kobe Bunka Hall (Subject to change)

Due to the current situation of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Kobe International Flute Competition has decide to hold its 10th editon entirely.(as of 02/02/2022)

ELIGIBILITY Open to flutists born between 1988 and 2005
(between the ages of 15 to 32 as of December 31, 2020).
APPLICATION PERIOD October 1 [Thu], 2020 through February 1 [Mon], 2021 at 23:59 JST/GMT+9
Extended application deadline: March 1 [Mon], 2021 at 23:59 JST/GMT+9

Online application only.
Application is considered as final upon submission of all documents 1 to 4 below through Application page and a confirmation of the payment 5.

  1. Application Form
  2. Image file of a recent photograph
  3. A copy of an official document that proves the applicant’s age in either PDF or JPEG format.
  4. Video file of a performance for the Preliminary Screening
  5. Application Fee of JPY18,000

Refer to APPLICATION GUIDELINES for more information.

REPERTOIRE Refer to Repertoire page.
STRUCTURE OF THE COMPETITION The Competition consists of four rounds: the First, Second, Third, and Final Rounds. Approximately fifty contestants who passed the Preliminary Screening based on the submitted recording and document will participate in the Competition.The order in which contestants perform will be determined by drawing lots for each round. All performances will be open to the public.

First prize: 2,000,000 Japanese yen / Certificate of Merit
Second prize: 1,000,000 Japanese yen / Certificate of Merit
Third prize: 500,000 Japanese yen / Certificate of Merit
Forth to sixth prizes: 200,000 Japanese yen / Certificate of Merit

  • Special prizes may be awarded apart from those mentioned above.
  • The highest ranked prizewinner may be invited to give solo recitals in Kobe or elsewhere in Japan, and/or to perform as a soloist with major orchestras in Japan.

SAKAI Hideaki, Japan

Petri ALANKO, Finland
Renate GREISS-ARMIN, Germany
KANDA Hiroaki, Japan
LEE Soyoung, Republic of Korea
Sarah LOUVION, France
TAKAGI Ayako, Japan
Arife Gülşen TATU, Turkey
Henrik WIESE, Germany

APPLICATION GUIDELINES Read “Rules and Conditions” carefully before making application.
CONTACT Secretariat for the Management Committee of the Kobe International Flute Competition