18th (2024) Cecilia International Music Competition

〈Music to Perform〉

*Free Music
*Regarding qualifying videos, it is also possible to submit videos that are cut off during the performance or videos that exceed the judging time.

◎Preliminary round・・・within 10 mins
◎Final round
Kids・・・within 3 mins
elementary school 1.2・・・within 4 mins
elementary school 3.4・・・within 5 mins
elementary school 5.6・・・within 6 mins
junior high school・・within 7 mins
high school・・・within 7 mins
university・・・within 8 mins
general ・・・within 8 mins

◎Preliminary round・・・within 10 mins
◎Final round
Kids・・・within 4 mins
elementary school 1.2・・・within 5 mins
elementary school 3.4・・・within 6 mins
elementary school 5.6・・・within 7 mins
junior high school・・・within 8 mins
high school・・・within 8 mins
university・・・within 8 mins
general ・・・within 8 mins

◆Chamber Music<C・S>
◎Preliminary round・・・within 15 mins
◎Final round ・・・within 15 mins

Approximately 45 minutes total for preliminaries and finals.
(Please submit a music that is approximately 30 minutes long for the preliminary round. The final round is approximately 15 minutes long)
For the recital category, the music for the preliminary round and the final round must be changed.

◆About the music
・The music for the preliminary round and the final round can be the same (excluding the Recital Division)
・In preliminary round, musical score must be memorized (except for C(culture) and Chamber Music Division)

C (culture) / S (star) department

*Please select one department from either C (culture) or S (star). It will be possible to participate in both departments from this year.
*Those who have a high school, university, or graduate school degree in music must participate in the S(star) departmentand will not be eligible for the C (culture) department.
*Those participating in the recital department do not need to select C/S.


[March 21st,2024]
Piano Division University Students
Chamber music section
Recital section

【March 22】
String section: 1st and 2nd grade elementary school students / 5th and 6th grade elementary school students

[March 25th]
String section: Junior high school students / High school students

[March 26th]
String section Kids / 3rd and 4th grade elementary school / General

[March 27th]
String section university students
Piano Division Kids / 1st and 2nd grade elementary school students

[March 28th]
Piano Division Elementary school 5.6 grade / High school student / General

[March 29th]
Piano section: 3rd and 4th grade elementary school students / junior high school students

March 21st and 22nd Urayasu Music Hall
25th Tiara Koto Small Hall
26th Tiara Koto Small Hall
27th Tiara Koto Small Hall
28th Tiara Koto Small Hall
29th Gotanda Cultural Center

Participation application period

December 1, 2023 to January 15, 2024 Extended until 1/30 (Tuesday)
⇒  Must arrive in the morning

*Those who are exempt from preliminary rounds should also apply during this period.
* Reception will be completed when the documents have been confirmed and the transfer has been confirmed.
*If you do not receive a reception completion email within a week after applying, please contact the secretariat.

Remarks for final round

1;We will inform the applicants who passed the preliminary round about the documents necessary for the final round and the participation fee. If you are unable to participate in the final round, please be sure to let us know.
2;We cannot accept the designation of the final selection date and time. The day before the competition and on the day of the competition, please allow plenty of time to participate. The examination fee cannot be returned for any reason.
3; All participants except Section C and Chamber Music should perform without score in the final round.
4; Even if you select a piece that is longer than the specified amount, it will not affect the judging if you stop playing when the bell rings.
5;The performance time is the time after going up to the stage.
The bell will ring at the end of the performance time, so please stop playing immediately.
6;The opening and performance times may change slightly.
Participants should arrive at the venue with plenty of time to spare.
7;We don’t have enough pianos for two. Therefore, entries will be accepted with four hands per unit (chamber music section).
8;There is no specific dress code. (Most people wear dresses or suits, but you can wear them properly.)
There is a waiting room for changing clothes (separate for men and women), but there is no space for rehearsals and practice, so please make your own arrangements.
9;Winners of the Cecilia International Music Competition and recommenders for the Osaka International Music Competition are only eligible for the Osaka International Music Competition that year.


1st – 5th Prizes, Incentive Award and Special Awards

◎Jury Chairman’s Award

Those who receive a nomination from among the first-place winners will be able to perform with the orchestra.
Due to the continued decline of overseas performances due to the effects of the coronavirus and the weak yen,
For the time being, the award will be changed to the for a concert performed with an orchestra in Japan.

◎Tateshina Music Festival Award

It will be held at the 2024 Tateshina Music Festival Megami Lake Music Camp.

◎Osaka International Music Award

Invitation to master class lessons during the competition

◎Concerto Prize

For those who won the Concerto Prize at the 18th Cecilia International Music Competition,
January 9, 2025 Katsushika Symphony Hills Mozart Hall Concerto Evening
We will provide you with the opportunity to perform with an orchestra.

(4-6 people)
・Vivaldi Four Seasons
・Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 & 2
・Bruch Violin Concerto
・Mendelssohn Violin Concerto
・Wieniawski Violin Concerto No. 2
・Beethoven Romance

・Haydn Piano Concerto in D major
・Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 & 20

・Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2
・Schumann Piano Concerto
・Beethoven Piano Concertos 3 & 5

・Telemann Viola Concerto
・Stamitz Viola Concerto
・Hoffmeister Viola Concerto

・Cello Concerto No. 1 & 2
・Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
・Schumann Cello Concerto

♪Double bass
・Dittersdorf Double Bass Concerto No. 2
・Bottesini Double Bass Concerto No. 2

Harp Concerto
Harp Concerto
Harp Concerto
Harp Concerto No. 6

☆We will consult with those who have decided to perform based on the orchestra composition for the songs listed above.
We will decide which songs to perform with the orchestra.
*In the case of a piece consisting of multiple movements, such as a concerto, it will be one movement.

◎Italian Music Festival Seminar Free Invitation

(Travel expenses, hotels and food expenses are not included. Those who do not make a recommendation can preferentially appear in summer music festival classes and concerts.)

◎Prize of Chairman of Cecilia IMC Judge Committee

Cecilia IMC places an award concert co-managed by the Osaka International Music Competition in Carnegie Weil hall every other year.

The picture is a brochure of previous the 1st award concert.


Cecilia International Music Competition
Office Address: Amati Music, Room 405, Corp Nomura 1,
3-4-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032 Japan
Email: cecilia2024music@gmail.com
Phone: (+81) 70 1570 9888

→How to apply


Emergency Cases

1. In case of disable of all transportations to the competition venue due to emergency such as natural disaster, we might have to cancel the competition.
2. Otherwise, competition schedule may not change and paid fee shall not be refunded for any reasons.
3. In case of competition’s cancellation, paid fee shall be hold and deferred to your next application for the completion.
4. You would be able to apply for the alternative competition day. Please email us to apply.
5. We do not cover or support your transportation or accommodation. To make sure to attend the competition, please arrive Tokyo area few days before the competition.