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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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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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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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Established in 2014 by the Azrieli Foundation, the Azrieli Music Prizes are inspired above all by values ​​of social inclusion. They aim to reward and promote composers of all ages, all levels of experience and all origins or affiliations who, through their work, pursue a career in musical composition. Awarded once every two years at a gala concert, the prizes are divided into three categories. First, there is the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music, which recognizes the best work in Jewish music. According to the foundation website: ­“Defining Jewish music as both deeply rooted in history and tradition and forward-moving…

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Canadian pianists Jonathan Mak, 23, and Yike (Tony) Yang, 22, will compete in the first ever Virtual International First Round, taking place in London, Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Tokyo, Seoul and New York, 6-10 April 2021. Second Round, Semi-Finals & Finals of the 2021 Leeds International Piano Competition to be held in Leeds, 8-18 September 2021 The First Round Jury, chaired by Adam Gatehouse and including Simone Dinnerstein (USA), Noriko Ogawa (Japan) and Martin Sauer (Germany), will hear a 25-minute recital from each of the 63 pianists before selecting 24 to go through to the Second Round in Leeds in September 2021. Detailed safety…

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Montréal, January 21, 2021 — The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is pleased to announce that a piano edition will take place in 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…

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