Montreal, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 2017 marks the 15th anniversary of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal), which is dedicated to piano this year. And of course, an anniversary is a reason to celebrate! This edition of the CMIM promises to be special in every way, while also highlighting the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canada. Here’s a look at this year’s anniversary edition.
Montreal, Tuesday, March 16, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is extremely pleased to announce that Montreal-born Robert Charlebois, a major Quebec star across all francophone cultures, will be the spokesperson for its 2017 Piano edition taking place from May 2 to 12.
Montreal, Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 24 young pianists, 6 women and 18 men from 15 countries with an average age of 26, have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) next May 2 to 12. The highest number of candidates are from South Korea (7), followed by France (3) and Italy (3). The remaining countries are represented by one participant each: Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.
Montréal, Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 –This spring, spread your wings, be spontaneous and let yourself be drawn by the unexpected. On April 26 at 7:30 pm, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) presents Pianos en liberté, a piano improvisation concert at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall. This unique event will feature two world-renowned pianists, Frenchmen Jean-François Zygel and Bruno Fontaine, who will take turns in performing the improvised piano part of "Fantaisie pour piano-fantôme et orchestre” by Canadian composer François Dompierre. The soloist will not only improvise his part but will also conduct Montreal's I Musici ensemble from the keyboard. It is a musical feat that has never been done before, and Montrealers will be the first to witness this improvised world premiere!
RECORD-BREAKING NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR CMIM: Over 300 pianists apply to compete in Montreal in 2017 [PDF]
Montréal, January 17, 2017 – Over 300 pianists have applied to take part in the next edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), resulting in the highest number of applicants in the history of the Competition. Up 120% from the previous piano edition in 2014, CMIM 2017 received a total of 304 applications from 99 women and 205 men, with an average age of 25 years.
Toronto, November 10, 2016 – The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) announces at the IAMA Toronto 2016 conference (International Artists’ Managers Association) its new positioning for future voice editions. Starting in 2018, the vocal competition will feature two divisions: Aria and Art Song. Eligible candidates will be able to compete in either or both divisions. The same amount of prizes, grants, and awards will be assigned to both divisions, resulting in a record amount of more than a quarter million Canadian dollars to be awarded to prizewinners.
Montréal, September 28, 2016 – The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) announces the names of its international jury and guest conductor for its piano edition next May 2 to 12.
Montréal, September 14, 2016 – The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is pleased to announce the addition of the Joseph-Rouleau Career Development Grant worth $50,000 to its roster of prizes for the next three editions: piano 2017, voice 2018, and violin 2019. Funded by the Azrieli Foundation and managed by the CMIM, this grant will be awarded to the First Prize winner, who will also receive $30,000 in cash from the Ville de Montréal, bringing the total value of the First Prize to $80,000.
Montréal, Thursday, June 2, 2016 – The curtain came down tonight on the 15th edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM). Right before the gala concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), CMIM officials publically announced the prizewinners of the 2016 violin edition at Maison symphonique to the audience in the hall and around the world, thanks to the live Webcast produced by the CMIM and streamed simultaneously on medici.tv.
Montréal, Saturday, May 28, 2016 – The semifinals of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) came to a close tonight as the international jury selected six violinists from five countries. Each finalist will perform one of the great concertos of the repertoire at the Maison symphonique on May 30 and 31, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) conducted by Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero. Here is the detailed schedule: