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We are excited to announce the 5th International Chamber Music Festival in Japan for amateur chamber music players. It was postponed three times since April 2019 due to the COVID19 pandemic, but the festival is finally returning this year in April.


APA International Chamber Music Festival 2023 (ICMF2023) provides a venue in which both overseas and Japanese amateur players can participate in cultural exchange through music. Players from overseas will visit Japan for the festival to enjoy performing with Japanese amateur players. It is the basic principle that international visitors and Japanese players perform the various works together (in mixed groups). Please note that rehearsal time will be limited, and is described in the section “ Notes” below.



Tokyo (April 3-9)
Rehearsals begin-Monday, April 3, 2023
Welcome reception-April 4
Performance at Koganei Miyajigakki Small Hall -Saturday, April 8, 2023,

Hakone (April 10-11)
Travel to Hakone-April 10
Performance [Play-in] at Hakone Art Village -Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Atami (April 12-13)
Travel to Atami-April 12
Performance at Atami Kiunkaku Music Hall -Thursday, April 13, 2023


As previously, the first concert will be held at Miyajigakki Hall, Musashi-Koganei, Tokyo, located 20 minutes train-ride from central Tokyo area. The second concert (”Play-in”) will take place in Hakone, a beautiful mountainous area between Tokyo and Atami. Finally the third concert will be held in seaside town called Atami in Shizuoka prefecture. Atami is famous for hot spring spas and is located 100 km south of Tokyo, an hour by bullet train from Tokyo central station. Overseas participants are advised to arrive in Japan one week before the Koganei concert, or April 4 at the latest as we have scheduled to have a welcome reception at the night on the 4th of April.


Any amateur chamber music players are welcome. In the 4th ICMF 2019, there were 17 overseas participants from the US, UK, Germany, France, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong, as well as Japanese APA members. Many previous participants have enjoyed visiting the Tokyo Metropolitan area and the western part of Japan such as Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyushu, etc. before or after the concerts.



Welcome Reception
We plan to hold a welcome reception party on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Three free concerts are scheduled.
● Concert 1: 13:00pm Saturday, April 8, 2023, at Miyajigakki Hall in Tokyo.
● Concert 2: Afternoon, Tuesday, April 11, 2023, at Hakone Art Village, Kanagawa.
● Concert 3: 13:00pm Thursday, 13 April, 2023, at Kiunkaku Music Hall in Atami,Shizuoka.
*Same program may be played at concert 2 and 3.
*There is no admission fee for the audience as APA is an NPO (Nonprofit Organization).

Rehearsals are scheduled twice for each concert. Also, there will be a dress/stage rehearsal in the morning of each concert. Note: The second concert/play-in in Hakone will be used as a rehearsal opportunity for Atami.

Ensemble Assignments
Each chamber music ensemble (Trio, Quartet, Quintet, etc.) will consist of a cross section of overseas and Japanese participants. Each ensemble should practice before meeting your Japanese or overseas players. Therefore, we suggest that you practice your part with your own ensemble in your home country before the festival as rehearsal time in Japan will be very limited.

What to play
Each participant can propose the music that they wish to play. The final decision will be made by the organizer depending on the number of participants and the type of instruments they play.

Where to stay
The organizer will send you via email a list of hotels near the concert halls in Tokyo and Atami. Accommodation (hotels, food, transportation fees, insurance, etc.) will be arranged by each participant.

Participation fee
Participation fee includes expenses such as registration fee, rental fees for the concert halls, practice rooms, printing fees for programs and flyers which will be shared with the participants. Accommodation is not included. * As a reference the fee per person for the 2019 festival was 23,000 JPY (One concert participants) to 44,000 JPY (2 concert participants)

Registration fee is 10.000 JPY*. It will be included in the participation fee, and adjusted at a later date. The fee will be collected at the welcome reception in Tokyo (No need to send it beforehand). *10,000 yen (JPY) is approximately 77 USD as of 22,Jan.2023.

There will be no training sessions. No lessons will be provided.

2019 The 4th International Chamber Music Festival Slide show

Site information
Koganei-Miyaji Gakki Hall, Tokyo
Hakone Art Village,kanagawa Prefecture

Atami Kiunkaku Music Hall, Shizuoka Prefecture

ENTRY SHEET (Deadline—February 10, 2023)

Please fill this out and send to APA ICMF2023 via email: apa.int.ch.mus.fes@gmail.com

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