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Guide to the Concours musical international de Montréal

Piano 2021 (online)

In the face of the World pandemic, the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) shifted to an online format for its 19th edition, which is dedicated to piano. Therefore, twenty-six semifinalists representing eleven countries recorded their competition submissions with the help of professional teams in fifteen concert halls across the globe. To the enjoyment of music lovers, all performances will be available for streaming free and on-demand.

Jury members:

Along with the panel of nine international judges overseen by Zarin Mehta including Arnaldo Cohen (United States), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi (Canada), Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia) and Susan Wadsworth (United States), the public is invited to vote for the recipient of the $5,000 ICI Musique People’s Choice Award.

Next competitions:

2022 - Voice; 2023 - Violin; 2024 - Piano

About the Concours musical international de Montréal

Founded in 2001, the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) 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.

Following a preliminary step (based on video recordings), the CMIM invites 24 of the most talented young musicians in the world to compete in Montreal. The Competition consists of three rounds: First, semifinal, and final. Recital rounds are held at Salle Bourgie (Montreal, Canada) while concert rounds with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are held at Maison symphonique. The candidates go through a unique experience by taking part in the CMIM: they receive beneficial advice from an international jury made up of leading figures on the music scene, perform with an orchestra of the caliber of the OSM, they attend master classes, form friendships, discover Montreal and its welcoming ambiance, and share over $150,000 in prizes and grants.

For more information click here to visit the website of the Concours musical international de Montréal.

Competition report 2019

Artistry and humanity: the Concours musical international de Montréal

The 18th Concours musical international de Montréal, devoted to the violin this year, offered inspiring examples of the musical and interpretive values favoured by today's emerging artists. 

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Deadline[not set]
Finals10 - 13 May 2021
WhereOnline, Unknown
Age groups30 and under


First Prize, value of $180,000. Includes $30,000 cash from the City of Montreal; $50,000 Joseph-Rouleau career development grant awarded by the Azrieli Foundation; $75,000 Solo recording on the Steinway & Sons record label and launch event at Steinway Hall in New York City; $15,000 Normand Beauchamp winner’s concert tour in three North-American cities; $7.500 concerto performance with the OSM$2,500 artist residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Second Prize: $ 15,000 awarded by Quebecor

Third Prize: $10,000 awarded by Stingray Classica

Each finalist will receive $3000.

Candidates 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 in front of live audiences and invited industry professionals, and attend master classes. High-definition webcasts of all rounds also provide invaluable global exposure.