Global Artist Residency Application

Tokyo Academy of Instrumental Heritage Music Invites applications for its 2025 Global Artist Residency

(Supported by the Toshiba International Foundation)

One or more outstanding professional Western-music wind instrumentalists will be chosen for a two- to three-month residency in Tokyo for one-on-one training by master Japanese wind instrumentalists in the performance of the Japanese wind instrument of your choice for which 20th- and 21st-century repertoires already exist.


  1. The artist must be a Western-music wind instrumentalist currently active in a major orchestra or ensemble outside Japan.
  2. Preference will be given to applicants under 50 years of age.
  3. There are no citizenship limitations except as may exist between Japan and your country.
  4. Japanese language not required; correspondence will be in English.

Choose from the following instruments (other instruments may be added in future years):

  • Shō (free-reed, 17-pipe mouth organ)
  • Hichiriki (vertical loose double-reed pipe)
  • Ryūteki (transverse, double-octave flute)
  • Shakukhachi (end-blown bamboo flute)



Ken Aoki: 
Executive Director
Early Music Asia-Japan Initiative
IMJS: Japanese Cultural Heritage Initiatives
407 Kent Hall, MC 3907
1140 Amsterdam Avenue
Columbia University
New York, NY 10027

Application Deadline: March 31, 2024

Announcement of Selected Artists: April 30, 2024

Residency Dates: Spring 2025, preferably starting between January 15 and March 15 (may be negotiable)

Costs: The residency covers round-trip discount economy airfare to Tokyo, lessons, housing, and living costs. Applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to seek funding from their home institutions as well.

Cooperating Institutions