10th Kobe International Flute Competition – Report
The 10th Kobe International Flute Competition, which was conducted online entirely first time ever due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, was concluded on March 27, 2022.
In the midst of unprecedented challenging times, 53 contestants selected from the record-high-applicants participated in the 10th KIFC. While coping with unusual situations, they worked hard to prepare for the competition. And, their incredibly high-level of performances with unique personality and style were delivered to people around the world virtually.
≪10th Kobe International Flute Competition≫
|Application period||October 1, 2020 through March 1, 2021|
|– 483 applications received from 45 countries/regions|
|Pre-Screening||May 30~June 4, and June 10~12, 2021|
|– 56 selected applicants from 45 countries/regions (3 of them withdrawn)|
|First Round||August 26 ~ September 5, 2021 … 26 contestants selected to advance|
|Second Round||March 22 ~ 23, 2022 … 14 contestants selected to advance|
|Third Round||March 25, 2022 … 6 contestants selected to advance|
|Final Round||March 27, 2022|
*Award ceremony and the exhibition concert are postponed to the fiscal year 2022 or later.
1st Prize Rafael ADOBAS BAYOG (Spain)
1st Prize Mario BRUNO (Italy)
3rd Prize ISHII Kie (Japan)
3rd Prize Marianna Julia ŻOŁNACZ (Poland)
5th Prize Anna KOMAROVA (Russia)
6th Prize Joidy Scarlet BLANCO LEWIS (Venezuela)
*To read prizewinners’ biographies, please click here [LINK]
Jury Committee decided to give the Special Award to contestants who made an outstanding performance of a contemporary work in the third round.
- Mario Bruno / work by M.Pintscher: beyond (a system of passing) for flute solo
- Anna Komarova /work by T.Ichiyanagi: In a Living Memory
SAKAI Hideaki /Chairperson, Petri ALANKO, Renate GREISS-ARMIN, KANDA Hiroaki, LEE Soyoung, Sarah LOUVION, TAKAGI Ayako, Arife Gülşen TATU, Henrik WIESE
Pre-screening: SAKAI Hideaki, KANDA Hiroaki, SAKUMA Yumiko, TAKEBAYASHI Hidenori, HOSOKAWA Junzo
I am relieved that we were able to conclude the competition safely, even though the COVID-19 pandemic is still not over. In this edition, we experienced an atypical competition– judging entirely by online. While the Kobe Cultural Foundation prepared for the competition’s major changes in precise and prompt manner, our international jury members conducted judging remotely by sitting in front of PC for long hours. Without their efforts, this competition could not have been possible to unfold. But, most of all, I am thankful to all contestants for their cooperation in making performance videos for all rounds. I sincerely hope that, in next competition, we could gather in Kobe and enjoy music together without worrying about anything. (Hideaki Sakai)
◆Judging Methods/Results of Judgements
Judging method and results for the final round are available from here [LINK].
- KIFC Official YouTube Channel (https://www.youtube.com/)
- KIFC Official Website (https://kobe-flute.jp/video/)
- IDAGIO – Global Concert Hall (https://app.idagio.com/live)
Number of view = 234K / Demographics = Japan 39％ Oversea 61％
(during a period between 08/26/2021 and 03/31/2022)
The Jury’s Concert, which has offered music by the top-class flutists since the 1st edition of the KIFC, was presented as a special program by adding a subtle touch of modification.
ALL STAR FLUTE GALA ~ Jury’s Concert~ TAKAGI Ayako and KANDA Hiroaki Special
|Date/Time:||March 26, 2022 at Kobe Bunka Hall|
|Performers:||TAKAGI Ayako, KANDA Hiroaki, TANAKA Reina,|
|OKAMOTO Tomoya, Kobe City Chamber Orchestra|
*In addition to the above, a series program Kobe International Flute Competition Deconstructed, a program to re-think the competition from various perspective and to discover excitement of music and competition, was presented.
Management Committee of the KIFC, Kobe City Government, Kobe Cultural Foundation, Japan Federation of Musicians, Japan Flutists Association
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hyogo Prefectural Government, NHK Kobe Broadcasting Station, Asia Flutists Federation
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2021
Kobe Bunka Mother Port Club