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 -

  • 10th
  • 2010
  • 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 - 2020

  • 11th
  • 2011
  • 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
  • 12th
  • 2012
  • Kuniko plays reich
    Mar.18, 2012 Kyoto Art Center Auditorium Sep.5 2012 Thanks to John Cage
    Sep.5, 2012 Suntory Hall Blue Rose
  • 13th
  • 2013
  • 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
  • 14th
  • 2014
  • 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
  • 15th
  • 2015
  • Tom Johnson’s The Four Note Opera
    Mar.25, 2015 Suginami Koukaidou Small Hall Mar.28, 2015 Aichi Prefectural Art Theater The Mini Theater DUO UTAHOGI Recital 2015 – Around the Four Seasons –
    Dec.17, 2015 Tokyo Opera City Oumigakudou Dec.23, 2015 Aoyama Music Memorial Hall Barocksaal
  • 16th
  • 2016
  • Reigakusha Gagaku Concert – Takemitsu Toru “In an Autumn Garden” –
    Nov.30, 2016 Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall
  • 17th
  • 2017
  • Masahiro Miwa + Shinjiro Maeda, The Monologue Opera “The New Era”
    Dec.8, 9, 2017 Aichi Prefectural Art Theater The Mini Theater Dec.16, 2017 The Phoenix Hall
  • 18th
  • 2018
    Dec.2, 2018 KYUDO KAIKAN
  • 19th
  • 2019
  • THE 鍵 KEY
    May.19, 2019 Denchu Hirakushi House and Atelier
  • 20th
  • 2020
  • Persepolis―Tape Music in Akiyoshidai
    Sep.5,2020 Hall and Courtyard, Akiyoshidai International Art Village
    MUSICA CRAS GIFU 2020 Masahiro Miwa Festival -Purified Night-
    Sep.19, 2020 Live streaming from Salamanca Hall

2021 -

  • 21st
  • 2021
  • Orchestra Nipponica 38th Concert
    Jul. 18, 2021 Kioi Hall Opera《Romeo will juliet》World Premiere
    Nov.5,6,7 2021 THEATRE E9 KYOTO
  • 22nd
  • 2022
  • Kitamura Tomoki Piano Recital- Piano works in 20th century, John Cage / Japanese composers
    Oct. 8, 2022 Entrance Lobby, Shiga Museum of Art / Oct. 9, 2022 Ensemble Hall, BIWAKO HALL

Complimentary tickets

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.