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


August 26–September 5 2021

Application deadline for the 10th Kobe International Flute Competition is extended to March 1, 2021. As many businesses and schools have been closed due to national restrictions in response to a new surge in Covid-19 cases in many countries, we are concerned that many flutists planning to apply for the competition may be having difficulties to access recording resources. Therefore, we decided to extend the application deadline for another four weeks, to March 1, 2021. 

The preliminary screening will be held in late March as scheduled, and its results will be announced shortly after that. We are holding onto the hope that the global situation of the pandemic will improve by summer, allowing the competition to unfold. 

We are currently preparing for the competition, but at the same time closely monitoring the changing situation of the Covid-19 and control measures in place at national and international levels. And, depending on how the situation evolves, we will determine whether further changes are required and find alternative ways to keep the opportunity for promising young talents if necessary. 

In the meantime, we invite all young flutists to apply for the competition which would give you focus during this unprecedented time. Stay safe and take good care of yourself.


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

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