Young pianists set to win

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The stars of tomorrow — 24 young pianists from 16 countries — are here to compete in the 15th annual Concours musical international de Montréal and the stakes are high.

Apart from the prestige of winning, the first prize of $80,000 includes a $50,000 career development fund from the Azrieli Foundation and $30,000 from the city of Montreal.

The runner-up gets $15,000 from Québecor in honour of its music-loving founder, Pierre Péladeau, and the third-place musician gets $10,000 from Stingray Classica.

In total, the competitors will share in $125,000 in prizes, awards, and grants. The six finalists each play a different concerto from the repertoire at concerts with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra May 9 and 10 at the Maison Symphonique. Before each evening, jury members Alain Lefèvre and Hélène Mercier will give pre-concert talks to ticket holders in the concert hall’s Foyer Allegro.

The gala is May 12 at the Maison Symphonique, 7:30 pm, where the first-prize winner will perform the concerto played in the competition, with the MSO directed by Claus Peter Flor.

The first half of the concert will showcase previous first-prize winners in celebration of the competition’s 15th anniversary.

Tickets and info: 514-842-2112,

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