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Competition: Concours musical international de Montréal


Founded in 2001, The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is one of the world’s most highly regarded classical music competitions, and is one of the only annual international competitions in North America to present three disciplines (voice, violin, piano) in a three-year rotation. With the mandate of promoting classical music through the discovery of new talent in an international competition context, the CMIM also serves as a stepping stone for young musicians from around the world who wish to pursue an international performing career.

After a rigorous video pre-screening process, 24 of the world’s most promising young musicians are invited to compete in Montreal’s finest halls for a top prize valued at over $100 000. In this year’s violin edition, the winner will receive $30,000 cash from the City of Montreal; the $50,000 Joseph-Rouleau career development grant awarded by the Azrieli Foundation; a $20,000 instrument crafted by a team of Quebec’s finest violin and bow makers and a $2,500 artist residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. 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 also provide invaluable global exposure.

Known in equal measure for its integrity and high standards as well as its warmth and hospitality, the CMIM offers a unique experience to its candidates: they receive beneficial advice from an international jury made up of leading figures on the music scene, perform with exceptional collaborative pianists and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, attend master classes, form friendships and live with a host family, and discover Montreal and its welcoming ambience.

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.

In addition, competition officials make every effort to ensure that springtime in Montreal brings a genuine ten-day celebration of music. Various free activities are organized alongside the competition rounds to increase awareness of classical music: violin lessons on the street, a grand piano and piano teacher available to passers-by at Place des Arts, exhibitions of contemporary violin and bow makers, master classes, free concerts that combine various genres… there’s something new every year!

The CMIM is both an invitation for young musicians to experience an incomparable adventure in Montreal—while benefiting from the many opportunities this ideal gateway to North America has to offer—, and for everyone wishing to discover new music and talent over ten days of recitals, concerts and special activities.

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DeadlineDec 2018
Finals04 - 05 Jun 2019
WhereMontreal, Canada
Age groups30 and under