Projects

About Instrument Loan Project

Nippon Music Foundation is the custodian of the world's top-quality stringed instruments such as those made by Antonio Stradivari and Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu. The Foundation's main objective is to loan the instruments in its collection gratis to internationally active musicians as well as young promising musicians regardless of their nationalities. The Instrument Loan Committee, made up of internationally renowned music specialists, is responsible for the selection of musicians for the loan of the instruments owned by the Foundation.

  • Instruments
  • Recipients of Instrumens
Long Term Loan
Loan Period 1 year (Renewable by application)
Application Period January to March
Screening By the Instrument Loan Committee
Result To be notified after the Loan Committee Meeting

Short Term Loan

The Foundation loans the instrument on short-term to the player who plans for a particular concert or recording.

Loan Period

Within 6 months (Renewable by application)

Application Period

Throughout the year

Screening

By two members of the Instrument Loan Committee

Result

To be notified after screening

Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition

Since 1997, Nippon Music Foundation has been slating the Stradivarius 1708 Violin “Huggins” to the Grand Prize winners of the Queen Elisabeth International Music Competition of Belgium held in Brussels.

 

Application

If you would like to apply for the loan, please send the following application materials to the address below. Please note that the submitted materials will not be returned.

1.
Application ( application form application form Form age over 20 / application form minor application form minor Form age under 20)
2.
A letter including the specific reasons for application and a career plan, addressed to the Instrument Loan Committee
3.
Two recommendation letters addressed to the Instrument Loan Committee
4.
Biography
5.
Photograph
6.
Annual performance schedules (past/future)
7.
CD (Live Recording) - titles, performers, date and place must be indicated
8.
DVD (Live Recording/ Region Free) - titles, performers, date and place must be indicated
9.
Reviews and Articles
Send to
Nippon Music Foundation
Akasaka 1-2-2 Minato-kuTokyo 107-0052 Japan
Tel 81-(0)3-6229-5566  Fax 81-(0)3-6229-5570

Screening (Instrument Loan Committee)

The Instrument Loan Committee is responsible for making basic policies regarding the loan of the instruments owned by Nippon Music Foundation and for selecting performers to whom the instruments are to be loaned. The Committee is composed of members representing Europe, the United States and Asia.

Chairman

Sir Simon Rattle
Conductor

Members

Marta Casals Istomin
Former President of Manhattan School of Music
Ana Chumachenco
Violinist, Professor at the University of Music
and Performing Arts Munich
Kyung-Wha Chung
Violinist, Professor at The Juilliard School
Bin Ebisawa
Honorary Professor at Graduate School of SHOBI University
Count Yvan de Launoit
Vice President of The Queen Elisabeth
International Music Competition, Belgium
Sir Curtis Price
Vice President of the Royal Academy of Music, London
Kazuko Shiomi
Chairman of Nippon Music Foundation

Former Chairman

Lorin Maazel
Conductor

Former Members

Dorothy DeLay
Former Professor at The Juilliard School
Count Jean-Pierre de Launoit
Former Chairman of the Queen Elisabeth
International Music Competition, Belgium
Janos Starker
Cellist, Former Professor at Indiana University Music Department
Takatoshi Yoshida
Former President of the Showa University of Music

Result

A written notification will be sent to the address on the application.

NOTICE:

The applicant who has been selected as a recipient of the Foundation's instrument is required to sign the Loan Agreement and take proper care of the instrument by observing the terms and conditions of the Loan Agreement. Some of the basic requirements as the recipient are - reporting on the use of the instrument, placing the instrument in the care of the instrument dealers designated by the Foundation every three months for its condition checks, and performing gratis for the Foundation. The recipient who resides outside of Japan must import the instrument to Japan before the expiration of the ATA Carnet .

ATA Carnet:
Nippon Music Foundation provides the ATA Carnet to the recipients of the Foundation's instruments for the purposes of facilitating the customs clearance procedure, avoiding the seizure of the instrument and charges (import taxes, penalties etc.) at the customs. The ATA Carnet is an international customs and export-import document to clear customs without paying duties and import taxes.

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