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Guide to the Concours musical international de Montréal


The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is one of the world’s most highly regarded classical music competitions. The CMIM takes place annually and serves to promote the continued growth and strength of classical music, as well as provide a showcase for young singers, pianists and violinists from around the world. They are joined on the stages of this city’s finest concert halls by world-class collaborative pianists and the renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Known equally for its integrity and high standards as well as its warmth and hospitality, the CMIM has helped discover and launch the careers of some of today’s most successful concert artists namely soprano Measha Brueggergosman, pianists Nareh Argamenyan and Beatrice Rana, bass-baritone Philippe Sly, and violinist Benjamin Beilman. All selected competitors are flown to Montreal to perform in front of a live audience, invited industry professionals, and a distinguished international jury. High-definition webcasts of all rounds provide invaluable global exposure.

CMIM’s upcoming edition is dedicated to Voice and takes place from May 27 to June 7, 2018. For the first time it will feature two divisions: Aria and Art Song with an equal amount of prizes and awards assigned in each division, thus bringing the total to over a quarter million dollars. Jury members include Ben Heppner, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Dame Felicity Lott, Warren Jones and François Leroux.

About the 2018 Voice edition of the CMIM:

Application deadline: December 15, 2017

Eligibility: Candidates born on or after January 1, 1983

Entry fee: $150

The online application, rules and conditions of participation and general information and required repertoire are available by clicking here.

Prizes, awards and grants total $260,000 and includes a Career Development grant worth $50,000 within each division. CMIM also offers concert engagements and other opportunities.

Travel and accommodation are provided to all selected competitors.

For full information, please visit the CMIM website.


Art Song Semi-final 1/2

Art Song Semi-final 2/2

Art Song Final

Aria Semi-final 1/2

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Aria Semi-final 2/2

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Aria Final/closing gala

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal