Piano 2021

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.