The Keizo Saji Prize was established in 2001 to commemorate the contributions of the late Keizo Saji,
former Chairman of Suntory Limited. and former Chairman of the Suntory Music Foundation.
The Keizo Saji Prize was set up as a new award, bearing Mr. Saji’s name, to carry on his deep love and understanding of music,
as well as his pioneer spirit and his willingness to step up to new challenges,
and incorporated the desire for further promotion of public performances of music in Japan during the new century.
This prize is awarded to applicants selected from among those who gave predominantly music-based performances
held in Japan during the year,
with winners chosen based on a willingness to challenge and on superior performances that engender a strong reaction.
Prize money: ¥2,000,000.
Keizo Saji Prize - Prize Winning Performances -
Prize Winning Performances
Ayako Shinozaki Harp Recital Oct.19, 2001 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan small hall
Just Composed 2001 in Yokohama Aug.31, 2001 Yokohama Minatomirai Hall
Ensemble Nomad Subscription Concert 2002 #1 Sep.17, 2002 Tokyo Opera City recital hall
Exhibition of Contemporary Music 2003 " Chamber Orchestra Zone Ⅲ" Mar.17, 2003 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan small hall
Mii no Bansho Oct.24, 2004 Ishihara Hall
next mushroom promotion vol.8 ToshioHosokawa: Fifty Years of The Landscape Oct.15, 2005 Muramatsu Recital Hall Shin-Osaka
Takefu International Music Festival 2006 Sep.2~10, 2006 Echizen City Cultural Center etc.
The Current of Contemporary French Music ~ Asako Inoue × Yoshiki Fujii DUO Nov.17, 2007 Amagasaki Youth Creative Theater of Hyogo Prefecture Piccolo Theater
labo opera Vol.2 Il Finto Arlecchino / Il Campanello Mar.27,28, 2008 Taito-City Lifelong Learning Center Millennium Hall
Chronoi Protoi Vol.5 String Quartet Concert Dec.9, 2009 Tokyo Opera City recital hall
Satoko Inoue Piano Recital #19 Morton Feldman – Works for Piano Feb.28, 2010 Tokyo Opera City recital halll
Tokyo Sinfonietta the 28th Subscription Concert Focus on Joji Yuasa Sep.17, 2011 Kyoto Prefectural Citizen's hall "Alti" / Sep.19, 2011 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan small hall
2011 - 2018
Chieko HAYASHI Mezzosoprano Recital Georges APERGHIS & Vinko GLOBOKAR July 27, 2011 Monnaka Tenjo Hall -
Momo KODAMA Piano Fantasy vol.1 Sep.17, 2011 Kyoto Prefectural Citizen's hall "Alti" / Sep.19, 2011 Tokyo Bunka Kaikan small hall
Kuniko plays reich Mar.18, 2012 Kyoto Art Center Auditorium
Sep.5 2012 Thanks to John Cage Sep.5, 2012 Suntory Hall Blue Rose
Tokyo Gen'on Project #01 - Composer's Selection 1: Sugiyama Yoichi Sep.13, 2013 Suginami Koukaidou Small Hall
Nouvelles Orientales de Marguerite Yourcenar Oct.26, 2013 Tsuda Hall
Tosiya Suzuki Recorder Recital Toshio Hosokawa Portrait Feb.11, 2014 Yodobashi Church Obara Memorial Chapel
Nymphé Art Series #10 Eastern and Western Strings by 25-string Koto and Guitar July.20, 2014 Munetsugu Hall
Tom Johnson’s The Four Note Opera Mar.25, 2015 Suginami Koukaidou Small HallMar.28, 2015 Aichi Prefectural Art Theater The Mini Theater
DUO UTAHOGI Recital 2015 – Around the Four Seasons – Dec.17, 2015 Tokyo Opera City OumigakudouDec.23, 2015 Aoyama Music Memorial Hall Barocksaal
Reigakusha Gagaku Concert – Takemitsu Toru “In an Autumn Garden” – Nov.30, 2016 Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
Masahiro Miwa ＋ Shinjiro Maeda, The Monologue Opera “The New Era” Dec.8, 9, 2017 Aichi Prefectural Art Theater The Mini TheaterDec.16, 2017 The Phoenix Hall
ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS BY SUNAO ISAJI VOL.3 – NAMBAN THEATRE – Dec.2, 2018 KYUDO KAIKAN
SUNTORY FOUNDATION for the ARTS “Keizo Saji Select Concerts”
The SUNTORY FOUNDATION for the ARTS aims to develop the music culture of Japan through such initiatives as the Suntory Music Award,
which is presented to exceptional musicians, etc., the Keizo Saji Prize, which is awarded for outstanding and challenging performances,
and the Yasushi Akutagawa Suntory Award for Music Composition, given to promising up-and-coming Japanese composers creating excellent orchestral pieces.
Also, to commemorate its 10th anniversary, in 1979 the Foundation began the “Select Concerts” initiative to further promote the creative endeavors of Japan's composers, and to popularize their work. Over the 40 years up to 2018, free tickets were presented for approximately 1,000 concerts at which works of Japanese composers were performed, with invitations sent to around 44,000 music fans.
From2020, in addition to providing further support for the ambitious and challenging performances that will create the new world of Japanese music, we have changed the name from “Select Concerts” to “Keizo Saji Select Concerts” with the goal of attracting as many people as possible to the venue. In addition, it will no longer be restricted to Japanese composer’s works, and certain performances from entrants for the Keizo Saji Prize will be recommended, as well as free tickets being sent to 10 people for each performance.