Master Class



March 27th, 2022 (Sun) - April 3rd, 2022 (Sun)

Number of participants


Who can attend

Students and professionals, all ages, all nationalities Violists who would like to spend a week focusing on the exploration of performance that they are unable to do regularly.

Private lessons

In general, students will receive 2 lessons of 50 minutes each from the 4 lecturers.

Quartet Lessons

There will be a viola quartet lesson for each group of four attendees. Each group will take two 50-minute lessons from each of the four instructors. The executive office will form the groups, inform the attendees of the pieces to be played, as well as provide them with sheet music.

Alexander Technique Lessons

During the Master Class period, each student may take up to two 30-minute classes on the Alexander Technique per day at Den-en Symphony Hall or Unitopia Sayama, if they so wish.

Student concert

Students will perform one 10-minute piece from the course and one piece from the quartet at the Student Concert on Saturday, April 2.


The detailed schedule for attendees will be announced in January 2022. The final schedule will be announced on the first day of the course at the opening ceremony attended by all instructors and attendees.

Recording and Distribution of Lessons and Concerts

The lessons during the opening of the Tamba Sasayama Viola Master Class 2022, which will be open to the public, will be recorded. Some of the recorded lessons will be carefully selected and distributed for a fee after the Master Class. The Student Concert will be fully recorded and available on YouTube after the event.


The Tamba Sasayama Viola Master Class Executive Committee has unrestricted rights to broadcast, televise, publicly perform, present, record, video-record, publish, and portray any part of the students’ work in the TSVMC2022. This includes, but is not limited to, rehearsals and performances during the concert as well as ceremonies, lessons, and related events.

Public availability

Part of the lessons held at the Tamba Sasayama Den-en Symphony Hall from March 28th to April 1st will be open to the public in the hall or at Backstage A.

The fee for one day is ¥1,000 (tax included) for adults and ¥500 (tax included) for students (high school and younger).

The schedule will be announced in January 2022.

Please contact the Tamba Sasayama Viola Master Class Executive Committee in advance if you have any questions or would like to attend the lecture. After the Master Class is complete, videos of some of the lessons will be available for a fee.

More details to follow on this site.




Attendance fee

¥200,000 (tax included)

This fee includes all lessons for the duration of the Master Class, admission to the student concert, and the performance of instructors, as well as a single twin occupancy at Unitopia Sasayama, with breakfast and dinner included.

For meals,students attending the lectures do not have their breakfasts or dinners downtown. At Unitopia Sasayama, a lodging house, they can savor meals that use local foodstuffs. Please enjoy some Japanese hospitality.

Travel expense

In general, students shall shoulder all their travel expenses.

Travel expense grants

Students who passed the TSVMC2022 audition and are from North America, Latin America, Europe, Oceania, and Africa  may request a grant of JPY 100,000 (tax included) from the TSVMC Executive Committee. 
The travel expense grants shall be given after any necessary taxes are deducted. The applicable tax rate may be about 20.42%.

Visa acquisition

The student must obtain appropriate visas in order to enter Japan to participate in the TSVMC. Should an invitation letter and/or any other document be required for the visa application, the applicant may request one from the TSVMC Executive Committee.


The students are responsible for their own insurance. This includes coverage for health care, injury, loss of or damage to the instrument, luggage, or other personal belongings in case of accident, fire, or theft during travel and during their participation in the TSVMC.

Accommodations & Access

Overnight stays

One person will stay in a twin room at Unitopia Sayama Forest Plaza.

A microbus will be used for transportation between the accommodation and the Den-en Symphony Hall.


Breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of hotel accommodations. Students are responsible for the cost of lunch.

Directions to the program

For students arriving at Kansai International Airport

There will be a bus to pick you up from the airport on March 27th, 2022, at 1 p.m. Please let us know your flight number and arrival time by March 1st, 2022.

For students arriving by train at JR Sasayamaguchi Station

Unitopia Sasayama's microbus picks you up at the east exit just after your train arrives. Please let us know your arrival time by March 26th, 2022 (one day before arrival). Taxis are also available from the JR Sasayamaguchi Station.

Return directions from the program

For students departing after the closing ceremony on April 3rd, 2022

For those heading to JR Sasayamaguchi Station, the bus departs at 6:30 p.m. from Den-en Symphony Hall. Those heading to Kansai International Airport can take the bus departing at 6:30 p.m. from Den-en Symphony Hall. It takes about two hours to get to the airport, so make sure you book a flight accordingly.


For students departing on April 4th, 2022

A microbus service is available from Unitopia Sasayama to JR Sasayamaguchi. Please decide on the departure time and make a reservation at least one day in advance. The bus to Kansai Airport leaves at 9:00 a.m. It takes about two hours to get to the airport, so make sure you book a flight accordingly. Please note that an additional night at Unitopia Sasayama is not included in the attendance fee and must be paid separately.


How to apply

Audition candidates will be selected from applicants to the public call. Please complete all of the details on the application form below, attach a headshot, and submit it. You must also include a link to a YouTube video reel of your audition performance; make sure that the video is online by the form submission deadline.

Audition reels

Applicants will be screened by reviewing videos uploaded to YouTube. Please upload a video in which your whole body appears and where you perform the compositions below. Performances must have been recorded in June 2021 or later. Please indicate the date and location of the performance.

1. Select  both a fast and slow movement  ( ono of each) from Suits for solo cello by J.S.Bach

2. Select one viola composition (one movement) of about ten minutes with piano accompaniment

Screening schedule and audition results

The deadline for submitting the application form and video is Sunday, September 19th, 2021. After the application form and audition video have been reviewed by the executive office, four instructors will begin the screening process. By the end of October, applicants will be notified of the screening results by e-mail. Please keep your audition video available on YouTube until then. After the final selection, the attendees' names, photos, and profiles will be announced on the website after early January 2022.

The deadline is Sunday, September 19th, 2021.