The city of Kyoto is renowned for its beauty, culture and history.

For centuries Japan’s political centre and the emperor’s residence, it is still considered the cultural capital of Japan in the present day.

County Hall Arts (CHA) is delighted to announce its latest concours in honour of this great city. Classical music composers are invited to submit proposals for the Symphony Kyoto and the opportunity to share in a prize pool of €100,000.

Proposals should be inspired by and reflect Kyoto’s history and culture as it has persisted through times of war and peace and evoke the tragedy and hope that attends the city’s dramatic past and visionary future.

The first stage of the competition invites composers to submit a short "pitch document" (up to 3 pages) setting out their vision for this classically composed Symphony Kyoto. In addition, please supply an audio file or link to an earlier composition and biography/CV.

The concours is open for these ‘first stage’ submissions from 19th August 2022 through to 30th December 2022.

A selection of entrants will be long-listed and invited to create their symphony for a second stage of adjudication, with the winner due to be awarded a prize of €50,000. Up to five other finalists will each be awarded €10,000.

By way of inspiration, Kyoto is home to numerous ancient temples, shrines, palaces and gardens — many of which are listed collectively by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site — as well over 100 Michelin-starred restaurants, many of which are dedicated to traditional Japanese cuisine.

The original city was arranged in accordance with traditional Chinese feng shui and inspired by the ancient Chinese capital of Chang’an.

Over the centuries that followed, Kyoto was destroyed by many wars and fires. However, the city was spared from large-scale destruction at the end of World War II, and as a result, its pre-war cultural heritage has mostly been preserved.

Before you fill in the Submission Form, please read the Terms and Conditions.

Audio file upload instructions

Step 1: Visit
Step 2: On the same page click on the plus sign (+) and add the files you want to send. (Here you can also select a folder to upload)
Step 3: After that in Email to, enter the email address
Step 4: In the next option enter your email address.
Step 5: In the message option, if you want, you can add a short message.
Step 6: Click the three dots (...) to change the way you send a transfer, or adjust your pro setting.
Step 7: At last simply hit the transfer button to transfer files.

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