Japan Preliminary Round /
Overseas Preliminary Round (DVD)

Competitor must play (1) and (2).
Playing order of (1) and (2) can be decided by the competitor.

(1) One piece from Chopin:
Etude Op.10 or Op.25

※Repetitions shall be the competitor’s discretion.

(2) Piece(s) of his/her choice
(Playing time should be from 5 to 10 minutes.)

If applicants submit DVD or upload video data for Overseas Preliminary Round, the following instructions must be observed.

The video should be newly recorded for the 1st Shigeru Kawai International Piano Competition.
The video cannot be edited.
Angle of camera should be fixed and applicant’s face, hands and pedals must be visible at the same time.
DVD format should be DVD-video that can be played by a DVD player.

Semifinal Round

Competitor must play (1) and (2).
Playing order of (1) and (2) can be decided by the competitor.

(1) One sonata by the following composers
(Playing time should be from 10 to 15 minutes.)
1) F.J. Haydn 2) W.A. Mozart 3) L.v. Beethoven 4) F. Schubert

※The competitor may choose a) one movement, b) all movements, or c) selection of several movements.

※Repetitions should be omitted except short bars, da capo and dal segno.

(2) One piece from the followings.

M. Ravel : Miroirs "1. Noctuelles"
C. Debussy : Images Ⅰ "1. Reflets dans l'eau"
G. Fauré : Impromptu No.3 in A-flat major Op.34
A. Scriabin : Waltz in A-flat major Op.38

Final Round

Competitor must make a program from 30 to 40 minutes of his/her choice of pieces.

※There is no restriction about the number of pieces.

※Intervals should be included in the total playing time.

※Pieces played at the Preliminary Round cannot be included in the program.

※Pieces played at the Semifinal Round can be included if they do not exceed 15 minutes.

※Selection of music and playing order of the pieces are to be evaluated.


  • ・All the pieces should be played from memory.
  • ・Repertoire submitted to the Secretariat cannot be changed.
  • ・If the playing time is shorter or longer than the specified time, it will be the cause of point deduction.