Alto Flute Competition – Japan

*The Alto Flute Competition Finals
The 6 finalists chosen for the 2020ILFF competition will compete in the finals at the 2021ILFF. There will not be another competition for the 2021ILFF.


The finalists have been chosen for the 2020 Alto Flute Competition.

 In alphabetical order they are:
Danielle Breisach – Associate Lecture of Flute at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Poin.
Natsuki Oba- studied flute at Conservatoire d’Issy – les – Moulineaux( France) and Tokyo College of Music (Japan).
Yoshiko Obora- graduated from Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music of Arts Department of Music.
Kiyo Sakai – earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Musashino academia misicae.
Marino Suzuki – graduated from TOHO GAKUEN School of Music on 2017.
Sawako Usui – graduated from Tokyo college of Music 2013 and completed master’s degree 2015.
They will perform at the Festival on Friday, March 20th from 11 to 1. They will play the final round repertoire.
First round judges were Mariana Gariazzo (USA), Yuko Hoshi (JPN) and Carla Rees(UK).


Round 1 – will be a recording in mp3 or mp4 format, sent via email or dropbox to by September 10th, 2019. Repertoire requirements are below. links or mp3/mp4 files of your recording will be sent to the first round panel of three judges. The judges will select six finalists to perform in person at the Japan Festival in March 2020.

Final Round – The final round will take place on Friday, March 20th. Repertoire requirements are below. The Festival will provide the official pianist for the Hirose piece at the final round. Ony the official pianist can be used for the final round.  Three winners will be selected to receive the prize money by the final round judges who are: Peter Sheridan, Sanae Nakayama and Chris Potter.

To Enter: fill out the Application Form and send it to along with your recording. The entry fee is 10,000 yen. Payment is through PayPal and due with your application September 10th, 2019. Send payment to on Paypal or see payment button below.

All finalists perform in Japan at their own expense.

First prize is 150,000 yen, second prize is 100,000 yen, third prize is 50,000 yen. Winners will be paid in cash at the festival.

For questions, contact the Competition Coordinator, Dr. Chris Potter

Round 1 – Recorded Round

REQUIRED – Ekagra by Kazuo Fukushima – alto flute and piano – Published by Edizioni Suvini Zerboni. Ekagra comes from Italy and it may take 3 to 5 weeks for your sheet music supplier to receive the piece from the publisher. Some online catalogues list this as a flute and piano piece. As far as we have been able to determine, Ekagra is for alto flute and piano, there is no c flute version.

Pick ONE of these two pieces for your second piece:

  • J.S. Bach – Partita in A Minor – Allemandeon solo alto (originally for c flute, play as written) – any publisher – no repeats
  • Lowell Liebermann – Eight Pieces Op. 59 – #2 Etude, #5 Hongroise (play both) – solo alto – Publ. Presser

Final Round

REQUIRED – Misaki no Requiem (Requiem of the Cape) – Ryouhei Hirose – for alto and piano. (Approximately 6 minutes long). This piece is available for Purchase as a PDF through Mr. Hirose’s company. Only the official Festival pianist can be used on this piece. You will have a 30-minute rehearsal with the pianist on the afternoon of March 19th that is paid by the Festival. If you wish to schedule additional rehearsals, it will be at your own expense and needs to be scheduled through the Festival director.

ONE PIECE of your choice – For your second piece, play an unaccompanied piece of your choice that is 9 minutes or less. You will be stopped if your performance exceeds 15 minutes.

Alto Flute Competition Payment ¥10,000

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