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The Montreal-born pianist celebrates her 70th birthday on May 7 with a recital at her home in Bavaria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdKwOouyoGI The program: 1:14 – Invitation to the Dance, Carl Maria von Weber 9:45 – Nocturne in F major, Op. 15, No. 1, Frédéric Chopin 14:35 – Grande valse brillante in E-flat major, Op. 18, Frédéric Chopin 20:28 – Clair de Lune, Suite bergamasque, Claude Debussy 

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At the end of an unprecedented edition, the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) has unveiled the winners of its Piano 2021 edition. It is Su Yeon Kim, from South Korea, who wins the First Prize this year. She collects prizes and scholarships valued at over $ 180,000; an unprecedented total sum for the CMIM. The undeniable talent of this young 27-year-old pianist, her technique, her musicality, combined with a fair and daring program choice transcended the screen and convinced the international jury. The second prize, the Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde Chopin Prize, and the 3rd Prize offered by Stingray…

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“It’s a time to try to keep looking forward,” Janina Fialkowska said from her home outside Augsburg, a German city some 80 kilometres west of Munich, where the Canadian pianist has lived since 2013.  “I’m doing my best not to look back because I believe there are great things to come.” Among the near-future prospects are a return to concertizing in July, COVID willing, and the resumption in September of her International Piano Academy, an innovative mini-fest, also in Bavaria, featuring young pianists she admires who might not have been lucky enough to win one the many competitions she has served as…

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The eyes and ears of the music world were focused last week on the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), held under conditions no one would have imagined a year ago when the competition was cancelled because of COVID-19. We all knew the competition this year was going to be different, but how different, and how successful? The short answers are very different and, so far, highly successful. “The positive feedback so far has been tremendous,” commented CMIM executive and artistic director Christiane LeBlanc. “The whole team and I are extremely satisfied in how things are unfolding so far. It has…

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MONTRÉAL, QC – April 30, 2021 2:15 ET p.m. – Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) has announced the names of the eight pianists who will participate in the Final Round of its 19th edition. The international jury of nine, presided over by Mr. Zarin Mehta, met remotely to identify the eight outstanding competitors. The jury, spread over three continents, includes Arnaldo Cohen (United States), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi (Canada), Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia) and Susan Wadsworth (United States). The eight finalists will return to concert halls to…

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Despite the logistical challenges posed by the global pandemic, The Leeds International Piano Competition’s First Round jury was able to view and listen online to the 62 First Round pianists performing in identical conditions from 17 cities across the world. The Semi-Finals and Finals of The Leeds will take place at the University of Leeds and Leeds Town Hall this September. All rounds will be streamed worldwide by medici.tv, with the Semi-Finals and Finals broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and the Finals aired on BBC Four. The Concerto Final performances take place at Leeds Town Hall with The Leeds’ new orchestral partners, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,…

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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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CANADA KEVIN AHFAT NÉ EN / BORN IN 1994 PROFESSEURS / TEACHERS Joseph Kalichstein Stephen Hough PRIX / PRIZES 2018 Concours OSM-Manuvie 2e prix, prix de la meilleure interprétation de l’œuvre canadienne imposée, prix Orford Musique 2017 Juilliard Concerto Competition – 1er prix RÉPERTOIRE • Berg Sonate op. 1 • Schumann Kinderszenen • Beethoven Sonate op. 110 
• Szymanowski Variations sur un thème populaire polonais op. 10 ALICE BURLA NÉE EN / BORN IN 1996 PROFESSEURS / TEACHERS Oxana Yablonskaya Dmitri Bashkirov PRIX / PRIZES 2020 Kiefer Hablitzel | Göhner Music – prix Collard 2020 Prix Schenk Foundation
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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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