Montréal, Monday, May 8, 2017 – The semifinals of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) came to a close last night as the jury selected six pianists from five countries to compete in the finals. Each finalist will perform one of the great concertos of the repertoire at the Maison symphonique on May 9 and 10, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by guest conductor Claus Peter Flor.
Montréal, May 5, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces the names of the 12 pianists from nine countries competing in the semifinals on May 6 and 7 at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The only Canadian, Teo Gheorghiu, wins de facto the $5,000 Award for the best Canadian artist offered by the Bourbeau Foundation. The six finalists will be announced following the last semifinal session on Sunday, May 7.
Montréal, May 1st, 2017 – Following a random draw earlier today, the Concours musical international de Montréal officials reveal the order of appearance and detailed schedule for the 24 pianists participating in the first round at Bourgie Hall (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). The semi-finalists will be announced following the last first round session on Thursday, May 4. Twelve pianists will be chosen for the semifinals and six for the finals.
Montreal, Thursday, April 27, 2017 – The festivities surrounding the 15th anniversary of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) kicked off yesterday, April 26, with the sold-out presentation of Pianos en liberté, a piano improvisation concert by Jean-François Zygel, Bruno Fontaine, and Serhiy Salov. This unique event featured the world premiere of Concerto pour piano fantôme et orchestre by Canadian composer François Dompierre, as well as some improvisational sparring and a game of musical chairs by the three truly remarkable pianists!
The competition starts Tuesday, May 2 at Bourgie Hall (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). 24 young pianists, 6 women and 18 men from 15 countries with an average age of 26, participate in the first round.
Montreal, April 4, 2017 – Applications for the next Voice edition of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) taking place May 27 to June 7, 2018 are now open. Singers around the world born on January 1, 1983 or later are invited to apply by December 15, 2017. The online application form, as well the rules and conditions for participation and the required repertoire are all available on CMIM’s official website at concoursmontreal.ca/voice. Transportation and accommodations are offered to the candidates who are selected, in accordance with the terms of the Competition.
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.