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The deadline for PMF 2017 auditions has passed.

PMF 2017 Orchestra Academy Auditions

The Pacific Music Festival (PMF) is an international educational music festival held annually in Sapporo, Japan. Applications are now being accepted for the PMF Orchestra Academy.

*Please note that the PMF Academy harpist is expected to arrive in Sapporo on July 3 and depart from Sapporo on July 24.


All auditions for PMF 2017 will take place via “Acceptd” on the internet. Applicants must have/make their own personal “Acceptd” account in order to apply. We will not hold live auditions, nor receive materials by postal mail. Please submit your recorded video audition materials online.


Orchestral instrumentalists between the ages of 18 and 29 as of July 1, 2017

PMF 2017 Orchestra Academy


The Pacific Music Festival Orchestra (PMFO) will perform under the baton of Artistic Director Valery Gergiev and Principal Conductor Jun Märkl. Additional faculty will include internationally renowned soloists, and principal players from the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras of the United States.

Orchestral/chamber music coachings, rehearsals, master classes and orchestral/chamber music concerts.

PMF 2017 Artists (Partial Listing)

Artistic Director
Valery Gergiev
Principal Conductor
Jun Märkl
Daniel Matsukawa

PMF Orchestra Academy Faculty

PMF EUROPE [First half of the festival]
ViolinRainer Küchl
/ former Concertmaster, Wiener Philharmoniker
ViolinDaniel Froschauer
/ Wiener Philharmoniker
ViolaHans Peter Ochsenhofer
/ former member, Wiener Philharmoniker
CelloRobert Nagy
/ Wiener Philharmoniker
Double BassMichael Bladerer
/ Wiener Philharmoniker
FluteAndreas Blau
/ former principal, Berliner Philharmoniker
OboeJonathan Kelly

/ Berliner Philharmoniker
ClarinetAlexander Bader
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
BassoonStefan Schweigert
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
HornSarah Willis
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
TrumpetTamás Velenczei
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
TromboneStefan Schulz
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
TimpaniRainer Seegers
/ Berliner Philharmoniker
HarpLadislav Papp
/ Wiener Staatsoper
PMF AMERICA [Second half of the festival]
ViolinDavid Chan
/ Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
ViolinKimberly Fisher
/ Philadelphia Orchestra
ViolaDaniel Foster
/ National Symphony Orchestra
CelloRafael Figueroa
/ Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Double BassAlexander Hanna
/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
FluteDenis Bouriakov
/ Los Angeles Philharmonic
OboeEugene Izotov
/ San Francisco Symphony
ClarinetStephen Williamson
/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra
BassoonDaniel Matsukawa
/ Philadelphia Orchestra
HornWilliam Caballero
/ Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
TrumpetMark J. Inouye
/ San Francisco Symphony
TromboneDenson Paul Pollard
/ Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
PercussionCynthia Yeh
/ Chicago Symphony Orchestra

PMF Orchestra Concert Programs (Partial Listing)

[Program A]

Jun Märkl, conductor
Berlioz: Le corsaire, Op. 21
Hosokawa: Woven Dreams
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé (Ballet Music)

[Program B]

Jun Märkl, conductor
Members of PMF Conducting Academy
Liszt: Les préludes, S.97
Debussy: Ibéria (from Images pour orchestre)
R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

[Program C]

Valery Gergiev, conductor
and more
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 in C major, D. 944 “The Great”
and more

[Bernstein Legacy Concert]

Heiichiro Ohyama, conductor
and more

[Link Up Concert]

Daniel Matsukawa, conductor
and more
Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
and more
Monday, July 3 – Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Although the festival officially opens on Saturday, July 8, 2017, all participants are expected to arrive in Sapporo on July 3 for the orientation, seating auditions, and rehearsals, and the festival will be completed and members will leave for home from Tokyo on Wednesday, August 2. A PMF Orchestra tour is being planned for July 31 and August 1.
*Please note that the PMF Academy harpist is expected to arrive in Sapporo on July 3 and depart from Sapporo on July 24.
For successful applicants, PMF will cover tuition, travel to/from Sapporo and within Japan, and shared-room accommodations during the program period. Meals or stipends will be provided during the festival period, excluding the tour. Participants are responsible for any other personal expenses.
Usage fee of the audition site: $30 USD
There is no audition fee and creating your own “Acceptd” account is free, but a $30 USD usage fee will be incurred when submitting your online application. This usage fee must be paid with a credit card. No form of payment aside from a credit card will be accepted (this credit card does not have to be the applicant’s own). Applicants are responsible for any and all expenses related to preparation of application materials (video recordings, etc.).
*The following credit cards may be used:
Abailable credit card


*It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop computer to apply as there is a possibility of technical issues arising when using a smart phone.

  1. Access "Acceptd" online, and create your own personal Acceptd account.
  2. Choose a program and your instrument and sign in to “Acceptd.” Complete your online application form, filling in all required information.
  3. Upload your recorded audition materials. Video recordings are required. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted. Upload times vary widely, depending on your internet connection speed.
  4. Enter your credit card information and pay the submission fee.*
  5. A preview page will appear. Once uploaded, videos cannot be altered or replaced.

*It is possible to complete your application form first and upload your video recordings at a later date, and/or to pay the submission fee at a later date, but failure to complete the entire process by the stated deadline will result in the application not being accepted.

Submit Your Application via Acceptd

Please refer to the audition repertoire list here.
The deadline for applications (with required recorded materials) is January 18, 2017, 12:00 PM Japan Standard Time. Please note that the deadline will fall within January 17 in many parts of the world. For example, Jan 18, 12:00 PM JST = Jan 17, 10:00 PM EST.
Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be accepted.
*We expect that video uploads will become very crowded just prior to the application deadline and that upload times will significantly increase. Uploading early is highly recommended.


Applicants will receive notification of the audition results by email in late February, 2017.


  • Repertoire should be recorded in the listed order. Audio-only recordings will not be accepted.
  • The recording should be done without piano accompaniment.
  • Clearly state your name at the beginning of the recording. Expositions of concertos and/or solo pieces are required, and the recording should be done in one time sequence without interruptions between the excerpts, and should not be edited. The total length of the recording should be less than 20 minutes including performances with auxiliary instruments.
  • Please upload either 1) one file with a single performance of the solo piece(s) and orchestral excerpts, or 2) two files – one with the solo piece(s) and one with the excerpts. (One file per excerpt will not be accepted.)
  • The recording should have been made in or after November, 2016.
  • File-types supported: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV

For further information

PMF Organizing Committee
Sumitomo Seimei Sapporo Chuo Bldg. 1F
1-14 Minami 2-jo, Higashi 1-chome, Chuo-ku
Sapporo 060-0052 Japan
Tel: +81-11-242-2211 / Fax: +81-11-242-1687
Business hours: weekdays, 9:00 - 17:30 JST