The International Low Flutes Festival

Important Announcement about Festival Postponement

New Dates: Mar.19th-21st, 2021

Join the Low Flutes Community for the International Low Flutes Festival in Urayasu, Japan, near Tokyo.
The Festival will feature international guest artists, workshops and an Alto Flute competition.
The International Low Flutes Festival
March 19-21, 2021 J:COM Urayasu Concert Hall.



The 2020 Festival has been postponed one year due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus.

The official postponement letter is ready. If you need it please let me know your name and address.
The 2020ILFF Director, Yuko Hoshi


*Regarding refunds of the participation fee:

For participants and their guests who are unable to attend 2021ILFF will receive a full refund of the participation fee except for any transfer fees that may occur. (Audition fees for the Professional Low Flute Choir and the Alto Flute Competition will not be refunded)

*How to request a refund:

Please send us a message with your name and your registration number that you have received upon initial payment.
For those who paid via PayPal will be refunded via PayPal. For those who wired the fee through the bank, please send us your bank information.

Refund period: March 10 – June 30, 2020

-Please note that we will not be able to process the refund after this period-

*If you are able to participate in 2021, there is no need to contact us at this time.

***General Agenda toward The 2nd International Low Flutes Festival in Urayasu, Japan 2021!

Mar.10-June 30, 2020 Refund Procedure of the Participation Fee
Mar.10-June 30, 2020 Proposal Cancellation Procedure
Mar.10-June 30, 2020 Cancellation Procedure of the Professional Low Flute Choir Participation Mar.10-June 30, 2020 Cancellation Procedure of the Sakura Opening, Farewell Choir Participation

=If there are cancellations in performing at the 2021ILFF, we will be accepting new proposal applications, and audition recordings for the Professional Low Flute Choir=

July 10, 2020 Announcement of the Proposal Guidelines for 2021 Sep. 10- 30, 2020 Proposal Application period
Oct. 20, 2020 Acceptance notification

Oct. 31, 2020 Deadline for Changes in Proposed Programs

Nov. 01, 2020 Start of General Participation Application

Nov. 30, 2020 Announcement of the Timetable of 2021ILFF

Dec. 31, 2020 Deadline for Advertisement of Sponsoring Companies, Reservation for Exhibit and Sales Space *accepting at all times until this date

Jan. 10, 2021 Schedule Notification of the Alto Flute Competition Finals Mar. 10, 2021 Last day of the Online Participation Application

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The 2021 International Low Flutes Festival will bring together people from many countries and cultures to celebrate the sounds of low flutes. Come join the festivities!

The Festival starts on Friday, March 19th 2021 and concludes Sunday, March 21st at the J:COM Urayasu Concert Hall in Urayasu, Japan. It is accesible by airport limousine bus from Narita or Haneda airports.

Events at The International Low Flutes Festival will include:

  • Professional Low Flutes Choir
  • Performances by international artists
  • An alto flute competition
  • Performance opportunities for soloists, chamber ensembles and choirs
  • Workshops
  • Coaching sessions for amateur and professional ensembles and choirs
  • Meet the composer round tables
  • Sight-reading sessions for low flutes choirs
  • Opening Flute Choir, open to all players

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Festival News and Preparations

The 2020 festival has been postponed to March 19-21, 2021 due to Coronavirus. Read the Full Announcement from Yuko: Message of Postponement 2.28.2020

If you would like to be notified about further festival information please send your email address to Festival Director Yuko Hoshi at:

You can also Follow us on Facebook and check out Robin’s Japan Update

Featured Artists


Jun-ichiro Taku

Mr. Taku is a one-of-kind, multitalented flutist/composer/entertainer. As a concert flutist, Mr. Taku has also performed concertos accompanied by many different orchestras and he has premiered works by composers from many countries. He is the leader of a flute trio called “Magnum Trio,”considered a next-generation performing group which has toured throughout Japan and the UK, Canada, Korea. Mr. Taku is the director of “Mederu-dan”.  Mederu-dan – an ensemble group that ‘loves’(mederu in Jp.) low flutes. Founded in 2017, it is the very first low flutes orchestra and consists of members from all over Japan who have passion for low flutes. They performed their first annual concert in August 2018.

Ali Ryerson


Ali Ryerson, who ranks among today’s top jazz flutists, grew up in a musical family. Her father, jazz guitarist Art Ryerson, played with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, then became a top studio player in NYC. Ali has become an internationally renowned touring & recording artist and educator. Former NFA Jazz Chair, current Low Flutes Chair, founder of NFA Jazz Flute Big Band, Ryerson is Flute Professor at Sacred Heart University, and conducts master classes worldwide. Ryerson, a Hartt School of Music graduate, studied with Harold Bennett and John Wion, and is a Gemeinhardt Artist with an Autograph Series of flutes.

Peter Sheridan


Peter Sheridan is a creative performer, educator and passionate supporter of new music whom has commissioned over one hundred works for the low flutes. A native of New York City, he studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts), Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Further graduate studies were undertaken at London Goldsmith’s College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sheridan currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble.

Christine Potter

Potter-BassFlutePresserChris organized the first International Low Flutes Festival in 2018. She is an internationally recognized alto and bass flute expert and has performed in the UK, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada and many cities in the US. She directs a low flutes choir for the James Galway Festival in Switzerland and was the first chair of the National Flute Association’s Low Flutes Committee. Chris has commissioned and premiered many compositions for low flutes, including Matthias Ziegler’s Low Flutes at High Tides, Mike Mower’s Obstinato and Scareso and Katherine Hoover’s Two for Two. She has written many books for low flutes, including an award-winning Alto Flute Method and Bass Flute Method.

Japan Jazz Flute Big Band (JJFBB)japan-jazz-flute-big-band

JJFBB has been formed by Yuko Hoshi (flutist) since 2015 as the first jazz flute big band in Japan. They play jazz standards and Japanese traditional songs that mixes jazz. JJFBB invited Ms. Ali Ryerson and had concerts and master classes in Tokyo in 2016.

All Featured Artists

img_3463Festival Registration

Registration for the 2020 Festival is open! Registration for the Festival will be $95 U.S.

Fill out the Festival Registration Form (see link below).

  1. Email the form to
  2. Pay the registration fee through the PayPal link
  3. Book your hotel room

See the Festival Registration page for links and more details.

Sakura Opening Low Flutes Choir & Farewell Low Flutes Choir were full in 2020. Depending on cancellations, there may be openings in 2021.

The Sakura Choir will  be conducted by Paige Dashner Long. The Farewell Choir will be conducted by Hikaru Watanabe.

  • Both choirs were full in 2020. We will make an announcement if there are openings for 2021.
  • The Sakura Choir rehearsal will be Thursday March 18th and the performance will be Friday, March 19th at 9 AM at the Festival’s opening event
  • The Farewell Choir rehearsal will be Sunday, March 21st around noon and the performance will be Sunday, March 21st at the Festival’s closing event

Our Sponsors

  • Muramatsu Flutes
  • Kotato & Fukushima Flutes
  • Miyazawa
  • Sankyo
  • Dorce
  • Theobald
  • Arakezuri


If you want to donate to the festival and become one of our sponsors please contact us at

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