Kobe - Kobe International Flute Competition

Established in 1985 and held every four years, the Kobe International Flute Competition (KIFC) is committed to providing young promising flutists from around the world the opportunity to launch an international career while enhancing international cultural exchanges and friendships through music.

In addition, the KIFC aims to promote cultural enrichment of our community in Kobe through music.

The KIFC is one of the rare competitions in the world dedicated solely to flute, becoming the first Japanese member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions in 1987.

The 10thKIFC will take place in Kobe, Japan from August 26 to September 5, 2021

Kobe International Flute Competition (KIFC) will commence its 10th edition from August 26. Accommodated with current global circumstances by offering a hybrid virtual and in-person format, the 10th KIFC will provide opportunities for 56 young flutists selected from a record-breaking 483 applicants to share their music to the world.

The first round of the competition will be conducted online for the first time ever in the KIFC history. With our hope that travel restrictions and safety measures impacted by the pandemic would be relaxed significantly as national and international vaccinerollout progresses, the international jury will select approximately 24 contestants who will advance to the second round taking place in March 2022 in Kobe Japan.

The video recordings of the first round will be streamed online for free at the KIFC’s website from August 26. Please join us to discover new talents leading the next generation of the music world.

August 26 through September 5, 2021

  • First Round August 26 [Thu] – September 5 [Sun] ONLINE

March 22 through March 28, 2022 LIVE

  • Second Round March 22 [Tue] and March 23 [Wed] 
  • Third Round March 25 [Fri] 
  • Final Round March 27 [Sun] 
  • Awards Ceremony/Exhibition Concert March 28 [Mon]



Kuniko Nagafuku
4-2-2 Kusunoki-cho, Chuo-ku
Kobe City, Hyogo,

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