KUSATSU International Summer Music Academy & Festival


  1. Record of 2023 has been released

    We have released the record of 2023.Please enjoy to relive our vibrant festival memories!…


  2. [Obituary] Music Director Mr. Akira Nishimura

    We have to inform you a sad news of Mr. Akira Nishimura, the Music Director of Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival, passed away due to a jaw cancer on September 7th, 2023 (aged 69).Since he was appointed to the music director in 2010, every summer he had been spending time in Kusatsu for two weeks to not only encourage artists, but also put his effort into nurturing y…


  3. [Obituary] Photographer Mr. Kiyotane Hayashi

    We have to inform such a sad news that the photographer Mr. Kiyotane Hayashi, who had been photographing artists at our festival since the 1st time and received the Special Award of the 29th Nippon Steel Music Awards in 2019, passed away on September 7th due to a stroke (aged 80).It is hard to accept the news just as we worked with him this summer as well and he were organizing photos after re…


  4. The 43rd Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival has successfully concluded

    The 43rd Kusatsu International Summer Music Academy & Festival has successfully concluded with fantastic artists.Thank you very much for all your supporting and participating many students, audiences.It was the first time to hold our festival after lifting of the Covid's strict regulations.We are publishing a part of wonderful performances from the concerts on YouTube.Please subscrib…


  5. Open Lesson Venue and Faculties has been changed

    Due to construction noise around the planned venue, the Open Lesson venue on Aug. 23rd - 26th/ 28th has been changed to Seminar House 1 located at the Kusatsu Ongakunomori Concert Hall.In addition the facluty on Aug. 23rd and 28th has been changed.For more details, please refer to the link below.…


  6. Bus information and masterclass map has been released

    We have released shuttle bus time tables and masterclass map for 2023.Access to Venue…


  7. We have closed for masterclass additional call and auditing applications

    We have closed for all masterclass and auditing applications.Thank you for many inquires and applications.…


  8. Application for masterclass has been closed

    We have closed the application for masterclass and accommodations on June 19th.Thank you for many applications.We will continue to accept applications for some classes which has still some vacancy. If you wish to apply for masterclass, please contact Kusatsu International Summer Academy Office by email (info(at)kusa2.jp).*Please change (at) to @In addition, details for audition for ove…


  9. Application for masterclass will be closed soon!

    The application deadline for masterclass is at 17:00, Tuesday, June 20th.Please note that you will need to enter your personal information as well as the pieces you would like to take when applying, so please apply as soon as possible!For more details, please visit the Master Class page.We are looking forward to receiving your application!…


  10. Deadline for Toyama Foundation Scholarship is tomorrow

    Deadline for the application for Toyama Foundation Scholarship is tomorrow, 5pm Wednesday, May 17th (JST).This is the scholarship for those who would like to participate our masterclass and need financial aid.For more details, please refer here.…