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Announcement regarding the 2020 Academy

We regret to announce that we are canceling the 2020 Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga, which was being planned for September 5 through 14. In light of the COVID-19 situation, we determined that it would be a challenge to hold the annual intensive seminars, inviting tutors from abroad and students from Asian countries. We sincerely apologize to all who were looking forward to this. This was a heartbreaking decision for us as well, but we hope for your understanding of the current circumstances.
However, as an alternative this year, we are preparing events on a smaller scale to sustain our vision as an academy. These will include coaching of two quartets (including online tutoring) mainly by Academy alumni, and live streaming of a concert without an audience (venue: Concert Hall, Okushiga). Please see the below for details.

Schedule
2020
Sep 1 (Tue)–2 (Wed) Seminar in Tokyo
Sep 3 (Thu)–5 (Sat) Seminar in Okushiga, Nagano
Sep 6 (Sun) Concert

Concert
◎ Date: September 6, 2020 (Su)
◎ Time: TBD
◎ Venue: Okushiga Kogen Hotel Concert Hall
◎ Repertoire: String quartet and string octet by students, details pending

◉ Participating Quartet 1
Violin: Ribon Aida, Natsumi Tsuboi Viola: Saki Ishida Cello: Misaki Kurokawa

◉ Participating Quartet 2
Violin: Mio Yoshie, Taiga Tojo Viola: Shu Yamamoto Cello: Yusuke Yabe

◉ Tutors: Sadao Harada, Yoshiko Kawamoto, Julien Szulman, Tadashi Hori, Seiji Ozawa

2020 marks the tenth year that we have held the chamber music academy in Okushiga as a specified nonprofit corporation. In the nine years to date, more than 200 young musicians have earnestly engaged with the string quartet, which is the foundation for string players. They have made new discoveries and met others with similar musical aspirations, gaining ample learning and inspiration before going out in the world.
We hope for your continued interest and support of Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga.

Audition

Notice of Cancellation of AUDITION for 2020 Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga

Notice of Cancellation of AUDITION for 2020 Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga

We regret to announce that we are cancelling the AUDITION scheduled for April 17th.
in consideration of the spreading impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and a recent request to refrain from going out by the governor of Tokyo.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to the applicants and all concerned. We would like to reconsider the selection method shortly and select musicians for the Academy in September.
Thank you for your understanding.

Audition

【2020 Audition Information】

Since we first started teaching chamber music performance in Okushiga Kogen, Nagano, more than 20 years has passed, and an intensive chamber music seminar will be held this summer as well, along with three concerts in Okushiga and in Tokyo. At this audition, we would like to see young talented musicians who want to learn chamber music at the Ozawa International Chamber Music Academy Okushiga.
Please see below for audition info.
→2020 Audition


【2019OICMA Tokyo performance Beethoven video】


【Tokyo Performance closed with Seiji Ozawa’s conduct】


【Tokyo Performance Tomorrow!】


【Thank you for coming to Okushiga performance!】


【Okushiga Performance Tomorrow!】


【Day 5 of rehearsal】


【Day 3 of rehearsal】