Piano 2021

 

When the finest talents come to you

From April 26 to May 14, 2021, 27 of the world’s finest young pianists will take part in the 19th edition of the CMIM (www.concoursmontreal.ca/en/piano-2021). Modern technology and the generous support of our loyal partners will allow us to realize an entirely online competition where emotion is guaranteed to transcend the screen.

 

The CMIM has never been so international

Hailing from eleven different countries and currently confined in thirteen different cities, the competitors, selected over a year ago, are eager to take the plunge into this great digital adventure.

The pianists will compete in two rounds. The twenty-seven recitals of the semifinal round and the eight recitals of the final round will be professionally recorded around the world.

Zarin Mehta returns as jury president and will oversee  a prestigious international jury spread out over three continents: Arnaldo Cohen, Martin Engstroem, Mari Kodama, Hélène Mercier, Costa Pilavachi, Rena Shereshevskaya and Susan Wadsworth.

 

Piano 2021 event summary

Semifinal Round

  Twenty-seven 45-minutes recitals, recorded in 13 cities.

  Webcast over nine sessions (three recitals per session) from April 26 to 29 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and April 30 at 10 a.m. (ET). 

  All recitals will also be available for on-demand listening.

  Announcement on Friday, April 30, 2 p.m. (ET) of the semifinal results and the names of the eight finalists.

Final Round

  Eight 60-minute recitals.

 Webcast over four sessions (two recitals per session) from May 10 to 13 at 10 a.m. (ET).

  All recitals will also be available for on-demand listening.

  Announcement of the final results and closing ceremony on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m.

 

Concerto with the OSM

The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, longstanding partner of the CMIM, will contribute to Piano 2021, despite being unable to perform with our finalists as they normally would. Our official orchestra has graciously agreed to invite this year’s first prize winner to come to Montréal to perform a concerto in a future season.

Competitors

Kevin Ahfat
Kevin Ahfat
Canada/USA
Alice Burla
Alice Burla
Canada
Yoichiro Chiba
Yoichiro Chiba
Japan
Francesco Granata
Francesco Granata
Italy
Ji-Hyang Gwak
Ji-Hyang Gwak
South Korea
Anna Han
Anna Han
USA
Andrei Illiushkin
Andrei Illiushkin
Russia
Su Yeon Kim
Su Yeon Kim
South Korea
Krystof Książek
Krystof Książek
Poland
Ying Li
Ying Li
China
Dimitri Malignan
Dimitri Malignan
France
Ken Nakasako
Ken Nakasako
Japan
Yeontaek Oh
Yeontaek Oh
South Korea
Chaeyoung Park
Chaeyoung Park
South Korea
Kyoungsun Park
Kyoungsun Park
South Korea
Tamila Salimdjanova
Tamila Salimdjanova
Uzbekistan
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
United States
Cristian Sandrin
Cristian Sandrin
Roumanie
Dmitry Sin
Dmitry Sin
Russia
Marcel Tadokoro
Marcel Tadokoro
France
Stepĥanie Tang
Stepĥanie Tang
United States
Giorgio Trione Bartoli
Giorgio Trione Bartoli
Italy
Alexey Trushechkin
Alexey Trushechkin
Russia
Zhu Wang
Zhu Wang
China
Jiacheng Xiong
Jiacheng Xiong
China
Suah Ye
Suah Ye
South Korea
Joon Yoon
Joon Yoon
South Korea

Jury

Zarin Mehta – President of the jury

Piano 2021

 

Zarin Mehta will once again preside over a prestigious jury that will also carry out its duties remotely, on three continents.

Arnaldo Cohen
Arnaldo Cohen
United States
Martin Engstroem
Martin Engstroem
Sweden
Mari Kodama
Mari Kodama
Japan
Hélène Mercier
Hélène Mercier
Canada
Costa Pilavachi
Costa Pilavachi
Canada
Rena Shereshevskaya
Rena Shereshevskaya
Russia
Susan Wadsworth
Susan Wadsworth
United States

Prizes and Awards

 

For the Piano 2021 edition, more than $160,000 in prizes and awards will be given.

 

First Prize

Value of $105,000

$ 30,000 – Cash Prize offered by the Ville de Montréal

$ 50,000 – Joseph Rouleau Career Development Grant offered by the Azrieli Foundation

$ 15,000 – Winner’s concert Tour in three North American cities, offered by Sarah Beauchamp

$ 7,500 – Concerto with the CMIM’s official orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

$ 2,500 – Artist Residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

 

Pierre-Péladeau et Raymonde Chopin Second Prize

$ 15,000 – offered by Quebecor

 

Third Prize

$ 10,000 – offered by Stingray Classica

 

Radio-Canada Audience Award

$ 5,000 – offered by Radio-Canada

 

André Bourbeau Award for the best Canadian artist

$ 5,000 – offered by the Fondation Bourbeau

 

Bita Cattelan Philanthropic Engagement Award

$ 5,000 – offered by Bita Cattelan

 

André Bachand Award for the best performance of the compulsory Canadian work

$ 2,000 – offered by Claudette Hould

 

Festival Bach Montréal Award for the best performance of a work by J. S. Bach

$ 1,500 – offered by the Festival Bach Montréal

 

Finalist Grants

$ 15,000 – 5 grants of $ 3,000 to unranked finalists

 

Rules and Repertoire

 

1. Semifinal

In this round, selected pianists will each perform a 45-minute solo recital recorded in one take and presented online.

An international jury will evaluate the performances and select eight (8) pianists for the final round.

 

2. Final

In this round, finalists will perform an hour-long solo recital recorded in one take and presented online.

An international jury will evaluate the performances and select the laureates and award winners.

 

Note:

Competitors who enter a work by J. S. Bach in one of the two programs will be eligible for the J. S. Bach PrizeIt is compulsory to perform the imposed work by Canadian composer John Burge (Three Preludes: Allegro energico; Spring Thaw; Off-beat Waltz) in the final round, and to include a work by J.S. Bach in either the semifinal or final round.

 

Rules and conditions of participation of the CMIM – PDF