Since the Concours musical international de Montréal put out its first call in 2002, Montrealers have had a chance to hear young musicians of the highest caliber from around the world. The annual music competition is the only one to embrace three disciplines, voice, piano and violin, each presented in turn, once in three years.
Many Montrealers will remember Beatrice Rana, the young pianist who took home the 1st prize of the CMIM in 2011. She has since then gone on to forge an international career, having returned to Montreal to perform as well.
“The CMIM gave me much more than a first prize: just after the competition, I received many invitations for concerts in Amerca, Europe and Asia and I had the opportunity of recording my first CD. If someone would ask me: did the Montreal Competition help your career? I would unhesitatingly answer: it made possible my dream of being a
pianist come true.”
This year the violin will be the focus of the competition, with 24 outstanding violinists chosen from over 200 applicants, who sent in their recorded performances. The musicians selected from the preliminary round, mostly in their early 20s and all under 29, will travel to Montreal for this key moment in their lives, from 13 countries, including South Korea, Russia, Finland, China, Japan and the U.S.
The international jury for this edition includes established artists Pierre Amoyal (France); Boris Brott (Canada); Boris Garlitsky (Russia); Ida Kavafian (Armenia/U.S.); Mihaela Martin (Romania); and Vera Tsu Wei-Ling (China).
The Concours begins at Bourgie Hall with quarter finals from May 23 to 25. Two free Masterclasses will be offered with two members of the jury, Ida Kavafian and Pierre Amoyal, at the Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur on May 26.
Semi-finals begin May 27 to 28, after which the Competition moves to the Maison Symphonique de Montréal for the Finals on May 30-31 and the Gala Concert following the Awards ceremony, with Giancarlo Guerrero conducting the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on June 2. The winners share a total of $86,500 in prizes.
For information and schedules visit concoursmontreal.ca