The 6th Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition


1st Prize
Gyehee KIM
2nd Prize
3rd Prize
Jae Ook LEE
4th Prize
Youjin LEE
Christine LIM
Central Aichi Orchestra Prize
Gyehee KIM
Audience Prize
Gyehee KIM

Those selected for the Final Round and its order of performance

  • No.11   Gyehee KIM
  • No.12   Youjin LEE
  • No.17   Christine LIM
  • No.24   Mio YOSHIE
  • No.39   Jae Ook LEE

Final Round / Apr. 2nd, 2017

No. Candidates Performance
1 Jae Ook LEE
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77
2 Christine LIM
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
Pause 20min.
3 Youjin LEE
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77
4 Gyehee KIM
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35
Pause 15min.
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77

Encouragement Award
of the Second Round

As the level of the 2nd Round of the Competition was so high this year, the Chairman of the Jury, Prof. Mintz proposed setting up a special “Encouragement Prize” to be awarded to the runner-ups to the Final Round. Here are the four “Encouragement Prize” winners:

  • No.9   Yoko ISHIKURA
  • No.26   Risa HOKAMURA
  • No.33   Yumiko YUMIBA
  • No.38   Kyung Ji MIN

The order of performance
in the second round

2st Round 1 / Mar 30th, 2017

No. Candidates Performance
1 Hinako SHIMONOSONO 11:30-12:10
2 Issei KOBAYASHI 12:10-12:50
Break 60min.
3 Yoko ISHIKURA 13:50-14:30
4 Jae Ook Lee 14:30-15:10
Break 20min.
5 Shenae ANDERSON 15:30-16:10
6 Arata YUMI 16:10-16:50
Break 20min.
7 Miu HIRAI 17:10-17:50
8 Youjin LEE 17:50-18:30

2st Round 2 / Mar 31st, 2017

No. Canditates Performance
9 Mio YOSHIE 11:30-12:10
10 Risa HOKAMURA 12:10-12:50
Break 60min.
11 Yumiko YUMIBA 13:50-14:30
12 Gyehee KIM 14:30-15:10
Break 20min.
13 Yukiko UNO 15:30-16:10
14 Christine LIM 16:10-16:50
Break 20min.
15 Hiu Sing FAN 17:10-17:50
16 Kyung Ji MIN 17:50-18:30

The order of performance
in the first round

1st Round 1 / Mar 28th, 2017

No. Candidates Performance
1 Ria HONDA 11:25-11:45
3 Jung Min CHOI 11:45-12:05
Break 15min.
4 Rio ARAI 12:20-12:40
5 Kanade SHIBATA 12:40-13:00
6 Yukiko UNO 13:00-13:20
Break 60min.
7 Sumin JO 14:20-14:40
8 Stephanie J. ZYZAK 14:40-15:00
9 Yoko ISHIKURA 15:00-15:20
10 Yunfei BAI 15:20-15:40
Break 15min.
11 Gyehee KIM 15:55-16:15
12 Youjin LEE 16:15-16:35
13 Miyu KITSUWA 16:35-16:55
Break 25min.
14 Tianlong MAI 17:20-17:40
15 Jeein KIM 17:40-18:00
16 Arata YUMI 18:00-18:20
17 Christine LIM 18:20-18:40
Break 15min.
18 Kyumin PARK 18:55-19:15
19 I-Jung HUANG 19:15-19:35
20 Hannah Soojin CHO 19:35-19:55

1st Round 2 / Mar 29th, 2017

No. 出場者 Performance
21 Moeka UENO 10:05-10:25
22 Yoshie OKURA 10:25-10:45
23 Soo Yeon KIM 10:45-11:05
24 Mio YOSHIE 11:05-11:25
Break 15min.
25 Shenae ANDERSON 11:40-12:00
26 Risa HOKAMURA 12:00-12:20
27 Hinako SHIMONOSONO 12:20-12:40
Break 60min.
28 Akiko UENO 13:40-14:00
29 Hiwako YABUKI 14:00-14:20
30 Ryosuke SUHO 14:20-14:40
Break 15min.
31 Hiu Sing FAN 14:55-15:15
32 Kokoro IMAGAWA 15:15-15:35
33 Yumiko YUMIBA 15:35-15:55
Break 25min.
34 Issei KOBAYASHI 16:20-16:40
35 Miu HIRAI 16:40-17:00
36 Sayuri KURU 17:00-17:20
Break 15min.
37 Yu GONG 17:35-17:55
38 Kyung Ji MIN 17:55-18:15
39 Jae Ook Lee 18:15-18:35

Those selected for the 1st Round

  • Akiko Ueno Japan
  • Arata Yumi Japan
  • Christine Lim United States of America
  • Gyehee Kim Korea
  • Hannah Soojin Cho United States of America
  • Hinako Shimonosono Japan
  • Hiu Sing Fan China
  • Hiwako Yabuki Japan
  • I-Jung Huang China
  • Issei Kobayashi Japan
  • Jae Ook Lee Korea
  • Jeein Kim Korea
  • Jo Sumin Korea
  • Jung Min Choi Korea
  • Kanade Shibata Japan
  • Kokoro Imagawa Japan
  • Kyumin Park Korea
  • Kyung Ji Min Korea
  • Mio Yoshie Japan
  • Miu Hirai Japan
  • Miyu Kitsuwa Japan
  • Moeka Ueno Japan
  • Ria Honda Japan
  • Rio Arai Japan
  • Risa Hokamura Japan
  • Ryosuke Suho Japan
  • Sayuri Kuru Japan
  • Shenae ANDERSON United States of America
  • Shucong He China
  • Soo Yeon Kim United States of America
  • Stephanie Judith Zyzak United States of America
  • Tianlong Mai China
  • Yoko Ishikura Japan
  • Yoshie Okura Japan
  • Youjin Lee Korea
  • Yu Gong China
  • Yukiko Uno Japan
  • Yumiko Yumiba Japan
  • Yunfei Bai China

These 39 candidates have been selected to the 1st Round of the competition commencing on March 28th. They must attend the Registration at Munetsugu Hall on March 27th.
* The 1st Round of the competition will start on March 28th at 11am.


The Competition is open to candidates of all nationalities of age 25 or under on January 1st, 2017.
Previous prize-winners, including the 1st-prize winners, age 25 or under on January 1st, 2017 are also eligible.


December 22nd, 2016
Application Deadline (including the Preliminary Selection Fee payment)
January 23rd, 2017
Announcement of the result of the Preliminary Selection
February 17th
Deadline for the Entry Fee payment
March 27th
Registration at Munetsugu Hall
March 28th - 29th
First Round
March 30th -31st
Second Round
April 1st
Rehearsal Day (with orchestra) for Finalists
April 2nd
Final Round & Award Ceremony

Competition Venue: Munetsugu Hall (4-5-14, Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, 460-0008 Japan)


  1. Fill in all the information on the application form on the competition’s official website ( and submit it together with your artist photograph (high resolution quality for use on the official program booklet and website; data size of 1 – 3MB).
  2. An audio recording on CD (other medias, such as cassette tape, DAT and DVD or MD will not be accepted), of the applicant’s performance of the Repertoire for the Preliminary Selection (see Repertoire). The recording must be made within 6 months of the application date, and the applicant’s name, repertoire, date and venue of the recording must be marked on the disc. Those who were selected for the Final Round in the previous Munetsugu Angel Violin Competitions are exempt from the Preliminary Selection (and the fee for the Preliminary Selection), and will automatically be accepted to the First Round of the competition.

    The CD recording is to be sent to:
    The Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition Tokyo Office
    c/o Concert Office Alte Inc.
    401-5-29-7, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, 151-0051, Japan
    Tel: +81-3-3352-7310 Fax: +81-3-3352-1665

    The application form and the CD must reach the Competition Office by December 22nd, 2016.
    Please note that the submitted recording will not be returned under any circumstances.

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IMPORTANT: All the bank handling charges must be borne by the candidate. Make sure that fees in their full amount reach the office.

  1. The Preliminary Selection Fee of 10,000JPY must be paid by bank transfer to the bank account marked below by December 22nd, 2016.
  2. The Entry Fee of 20,000JPY must be paid by bank transfer to the bank account marked below after the announcement of the result of the Preliminary Selection between January 23rd - February 17th, 2017.

Bank Account:

Bank: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (SWIFT CODE: BOTKJPJT)
Branch: Shinjuku Dori Branch
Branch Address: 3-30-18, Shinjuku, Shinjku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0022
Tel: +81-3-3352-4111
Account No.: 050-3507953
Account Title: The Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition Tokyo Office

The Fees are non-refundable under any circumstances. Upon confirmation of the receipt of the Fees, the Competition Office will send you necessary documents.


  1. Incomplete Application Form and forms and CDs received by the Competition Office after the deadline will not be accepted. Failure to pay the Fees by set dates will be automatically interpreted as the applicant’s withdrawal from the competition.
  2. CD recording must be sent by registered mail or certified delivery carrier service. The Competition Office will not accept any responsibility for any loss of items in the mail. The Application materials will not be returnable.
  3. The order of the candidate’s performance will be decided by the Competition Office, and any request for the change in order will not be accepted. The candidates must attend the Registration Meeting at Munetsugu Hall at 18:00 on March 27th, 2017, and must arrive at the place and on time designated by the Competition Office for the following rounds of the competition. Failure to do so without due cause will lead to disqualification.
  4. The candidate must bring his/her own accompanist. Any expense incurred must be borne by the candidate. The Competition Office will, if required, introduce the competition’s official accompanists in Nagoya during the period of the Competition. The candidates requiring pianist introduction must apply to the Competition Office, using the application form included with the announcement of the Preliminary Selection Result. If you choose to perform with the official accompanist, there will be a charge of 27,000JPY which must be paid in cash to the office during the competition.
  5. The Munetsugu Angel Violin Competition has unrestricted rights to broadcast or televise, publicly perform or present, record or video-record, publish and portray any part of the candidate’s and the accompanist’s participation in the Competition, including but not limited to, rehearsals and performances during the Competition, as well as ceremonies and other related events.
  6. For those overseas candidates who qualified to participate in the Competition, a travel grant according to the Competition Regulation will be provided to assist their travel expenses (40,000JPY for candidates from Asian countries, and 80,000JPY for candidates from other region). The grant will be paid at the Registration Meeting on March 27th, 2017.


  • Shlomo Mintz (Chairman)
  • Machie Oguri
  • Kazuki Sawa
  • Kimiko Nakazawa
  • Koichiro Harada
  • Pierre Amoyal
  • Felix Ayo


We have to make an unfortunate announcement that one of the jury members, Prof. Felix Ayo, has cancelled his attendance due to his wife’s illness.
The chairman of the jury, Prof. Shlomo Mintz and the competition office have decided not to find a replacement, but to proceed with the remaining 6 jury members.

We have received the following message from Prof. Ayo:

“I always consider it a great honour to be invited to participate in this competition and I withdraw my participation with great regret.
I would like to thank Mr. Munetsugu, Prof. Mintz, and the competition office for their kind understanding, and hope that the competition will be a very successful event.”

Felix Ayo


  1. A jury member shall not take part in the adjudication of a candidate who received tuition from the jury member for more than 3 months within the past 2 years.
  2. A candidate must not be in direct personal contact with any member of the jury while he/she remains a “candidate”. Such contact will lead to the disqualification of both the candidate and the jury member.
  3. The decision of the Jury is final, and may not be challenged under any circumstances.
  4. The adjudication of the Preliminary Round shall be carried out by Japanese jury members only.


- Once submitted, the program cannot be changed.
- All programs, except the sonata in the Second Round, must be performed from memory.

Preliminary Selection
(audio recording to be submitted on CD)

  1. One movement from the following:
    • J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata No.1 BWV 1001 –Fuga
    • J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata No.2 BWV 1003 –Fuga
  2. A work of your choice (duration of about 3 minutes, and can be a part of a work)

First Round

  1. One from the following:
    • J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata No.1 BWV 1001 –Adagio and Fuga
    • J.S. Bach: Solo Violin Sonata No.2 BWV 1003 –Grave and Fuga
  2. One complete work from the following:
    • Ysaÿe: Solo Violin Sonata No.3 in d, Op.27-3
    • Ysaÿe: Solo Violin Sonata No.4 in e, Op.27-4
    • Ysaÿe: Solo Violin Sonata No.6 in E, Op.27-6

Second Round

  1. First movement from one of the following concertos (without Cadenza)
    • Mozart: Violin Concerto No.3 in G, K.216
    • Mozart: Violin Concerto No.4 in D, K.218
    • Mozart: Violin Concerto No.5 in A, K.219
  2. One complete work from the following:
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.1 in D, Op.12-1
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.2 in A, Op.12-2
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.3 in Eb, Op.12-3
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.4 in a, Op.23
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.5 in F, Op.24
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.6 in A, Op.30-1
    • Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.8 in G, Op.30-3
    • Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.2 in A, Op.100
    • Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No.3 in d, Op.108
    • Debussy: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • Poulenc: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    • Schubert: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, Op.162, D.574
    • Schumann: Sonata for Piano and Violin No.1 in a, Op.105

    * The official accompanists: Mr. Toshiki USUI, Ms. Kae OZAWA, Ms. Yori KAWASHIMA
    Participant can also bring his/her own pianist.

  3. One or more virtuoso piece/pieces of your choice for violin solo or for violin and piano (total performance time of 8 - 12 minutes)

Final Round

One complete concerto (with cadenza of your choice) from the following:

  • Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61
  • Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in e, Op.64
  • Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D, Op.35
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op.77

* Final Round [Concerto] will be accompanied by Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Yuko Tanaka.


The prize instruments are loaned to the winners free of charge for 2 years (until 1 month before the next competition).

1st Prize
Antonio Stradivarius Violin “Rainville” (1697) and 500,000JPY
2nd Prize
Michele Angelo Bergonzi Violin “Ex. Mintz” (1964) and 300,000JPY
3rd Prize
Giovanni Francesco Pressenda Violin “Ex. Schultz” (1831) and 200,000JPY
4th and 5th Prizes
100,000JPY each
Central Aichi
Orchestra Prize
Audience Prize
  1. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize winners are invited to perform at the Prize Winner Gala Concert to be held in Nagoya (Munetsugu Hall) and Tokyo in March 2018.
  2. If 1st – 5th Prize winners present their own concert (recital or chamber music) within 2 years of the Competition in which they won the prize, the NPO Yellow Angel will provide financial assistance of 20,000JPY to one such concert (application required), provided that “Supported by NPO Yellow Angel” is clearly marked on the flyers and program booklets.
  3. If 1st – 5th Prize winners wish to attend competitions/seminars overseas, the NPO Yellow Angel will provide financial assistance according to the Foundation’s set regulations.
  4. If the previous 1st-Prize winner is awarded the 1st Prize again consecutively, the loan period of Antonio Stradivarius Violin “Rainville” (1697) will be extended to 5 years.

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