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By way of briefing you fully on the 2021 edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), we have listened to all 27 candidates and established a list of potential winners. In the previous piano edition in 2017, 28 pianists competed and six reached the final. In addition to the first, second and third prizes, which reward the best of the best, seven special prizes were awarded during this competition, including a Bach Prize and a Chopin Prize. Here are my predictions for the 2021 edition. Finalists Among the six finalists, we could find both experienced pianists such as…

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The sudden closing of international ­borders last year had an immediate and inevitable effect on the 2020 edition of Concours musical international de ­Montréal. But rather than cancel the event, the CMIM invited the competitors to come back in 2021 – digitally. Susan Wadsworth, one of nine judges, ­listened to the preliminary round last year and is looking forward to hearing the candidates again. “I think the competition attracts a very, very high level,” she says. “I was amazed that there were at least 10 pianists in the preliminary round who I thought were outstandingly fantastic.” What makes a musician…

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It’s the biggest logistical challenge of my ­career,” Christiane LeBlanc, executive and artistic director of the Concours musical ­international de Montréal, said about the prospect of organizing a competition from the end of April through the middle of May. 
 This statement might seem odd, since none of the contestants or jurors have to be flown to Montreal and suitably housed. Nor is there any need to book the Maison symphonique or the Montreal ­Symphony Orchestra. The ­competition this year, devoted to the piano, is entirely solo and entirely online. And available free to enthusiasts around the world. The 26…

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Montréal, March 18th 2021 – Canadian composer John Burge will be on the program at the 19th edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal  John Burge – Compulsory Canadian Work  All competitors taking part in the 2021 Piano edition must prepare to perform three of the Canadian composer’s Twenty-four Preludes as part of the final round.  These three pieces have been selected from John Burge’s work entitled Twenty-four Preludes, inspired  by Chopin’s Opus 28, as well as Debussy’s two books of Preludes. The first piece, “Allegro energico”  produces an effect of continuous movement with its incessant 16th-note passages. The…

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In the evolution of Russian music, Stanchinsky is the great might-have-been. A student of Sergey Taneyev and Alexander Grechaninov, he was introduced to Tolstoy as the next Russian genius, only for his mental health to collapse in the midst of a double family crisis. After father died in 1910 when Stanchinsky was 21, his mother refused to let him marry his pregnant lover, daughter of the estate manager. Suffering depression and hallucinations, Stanchnsky was taken around all the best nerve doctors in Russia and developed a habit of burning any new works he set on paper. In March 1914 he…

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CALGARY March 3—Owing to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Honens has postponed its 2021 International Piano Competition to 2022. This year’s event was to have taken place from Oct. 14 to 22 in Calgary following quarterfinal rounds in New York and Berlin in June. “This is less of a decision than it is the acceptance of an inevitability,” says Honens president and CEO Neil Edwards. “We have explored every option and determined that the current world situation makes it impossible for us to present a competition worthy of Honens’s high international standard and reputation.” The 50 quarterfinalists, representing 18 countries, chosen to participate…

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The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is proud to announce the addition of two new members of the jury for its 19th edition. Pianists Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada) and Till Fellner (Austria), both laureates of international competitions, will join the other members of the jury announced earlier. On the strength of their international experience, they will bring a perspective that is both youthful and seasoned to the competition this year. For the very first time at the CMIM, a competitor is making the big leap from the stage to the judges’ stand. After successfully making his way through the rounds to…

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FORT WORTH, Texas, February 2, 2021 – The Cliburn announces the line-up for the spring 2021 season of Cliburn at Home, featuring regular new episodes of two series: Cliburn Masterpiece (biweekly), which examines the who, what, when, where, and how of the greatest piano works; and Cliburn Kids (weekly), which brings fun musical breaks to kids, their parents, and anyone who loves music and learning. “We’re pleased to continue these two engaging series into 2021,” said Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis. “Cliburn at Home programs, launched late last March in response to the pandemic, amassed 1.3 million views by the end…

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The Prix d’Europe will celebrate its 110th anniversary this year. Since its beginning, the scholarship offered by the Prix d’Europe has enabled winners to study abroad. The competition offers what might be called a sabbatical year for further development after musical studies and before embarking on a professional career. “We are always transformed by studying abroad,” comments Vincent Boucher, vice-president of the Académie de musique du Québec and organist at St. Joseph’s Oratory. “I think that the Prix d’Europe was an important cultural driving force in Quebec in the sense that a Quebec musician who went to Vienna or Paris…

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Western Classical music is Eurocentric by nature. Centuries ago, the so-called Old World made up the rule of an art form that would gain universal acceptance as something of a legit form of culture. Performers and composers working within the confines of that tradition are found everywhere nowadays, and need not have been raised in any one its countries or lived there to play this musical cannon with proficiency. Over the last century or so, foreign influences have seeped into it, be they the exotic scales of the Far East or the syncopations of the Far West. American composers for…

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