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40 pianists aged 16 to 29 years old from 14 countries have been selected, from 182 applicants, to take part in the 76th Concours de Genève, section piano. Pianists born after September 1st, 1992, had until 15 March to register for the 76th Concours de Genève; 182 candidates aged 16 to 29 years old from 28 nationalities (76 women and 106 men) applied for this year’s Piano Competition. Applicants included a large percentage of Asian countries (59%), followed by Europe (26%) and America (9%). The Preselection Jury, chaired by Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska, met in Geneva from 5-8 April 2022…

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With Wah Keung Chan, Vivianne Jeanson-Delorme and Adrian Rodriguez In order to better guide you through the 2022 edition of the Montreal International Music Competition (CMIM), the team at La Scena Musicale has listened to the 32 participants and made the following predictions. As in 2018, the competition will be divided into two divisions, Aria and Art Song. On the one hand, there are singers who will shine in the operatic repertoire with orchestra and, on the other, those who will excel in recital, in a more intimate format with piano. Keonwoo Kim in 2015, Mario Bagh in 2018—South Korean…

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The 2022 vocal edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal has assembled a distinguished international jury drawn from the crème de la crème of top name singers, administrators and voice teachers. The panel will be chaired by Zarin Mehta, former Managing Director of Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. The other jury members are British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, former Chair of the Juillliard Voice Department Edith Bers, German bass-baritone Robert Holl, German collaborative pianist Hartmut Höll, Artistic Director of the Festival de Lanaudière Renaud Loranger, former Metropolitan Opera Artistic Administrator Richard Rodzinski and German soprano Christine Schäfer. But the jurist…

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Back in 2018, American baritone John Brancy left everyone in awe at CMIM after winning first prize in the Song Division, as well as advancing to the Aria Division finals, a feat perhaps comparable to that of a marathoner who also competes in the 100-metre. Nonetheless, his vocal marathon was just beginning. Since then, the velvet-voiced baritone has made debuts with several significant opera companies. At Oper Frankfurt in 2018 he sang Peter in Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway, based on the David Lynch film. Then in early 2020 at Pacific Opera of Victoria, he was the Steward in the…

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SAN FRANCISCO, APRIL 4, 2022 – Celebrating 37 years of helping the world’s top young string musicians gain prominence in the competitive world of classical music, the Irving M. Klein International String Competition returns to in-person competition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, our presenting partner.  Produced by the California Music Center, the Klein will also stream on the Violin Channel, starting 10AM Sat June 4th and 3PM Sun June 5th.  Audiences worldwide will be able to view all contestants as they compete for cash prizes and performance contracts, as a distinguished jury of seven convenes to determine this…

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Australia Alexandra Flood (1990) soprano | Art song Professor(s): Neil Semer, 2014-present KS Prof Andreas Schmidt, 2014-2017 Anna Connolly, 2011-2013 Vivien Hamilton, 2004-2011 Prizes: 2015 & 2017 2nd Prize, Richard Strauss Competition, Munich, Germany 2015 Winner, Australian Music Foundation Award, London, UK 2014 Awardee – Acclaim Opera Awards Teatro alla Scala Fellowship, Italy 2014 Winner, Opera Foundation for Young Australians AIMS Award, Australia Canada | Bulgary Adanya Dunn (1990) mezzo-soprano | ARIA Professor(s): Don Marrazzo, 2018-present Edith Bers, 2014-2018 Lorna MacDonald, 2008-2014 Prizes: 2021 Winner of three prizes, Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques, Montréal 2021 Award Winner, Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award,…

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While its 2021 piano edition, won by South Korean Su Yeon Kim, certainly prevailed during the pandemic, it was only able to do so by pre-recording performance rounds in 16 cities throughout the world. This year, for the vocal edition, the Montreal International Music Competition (i.e. CMIM: Concours musical international de Montréal) can finally welcome back candidates on site, as well as live audiences to its halls. General and Artistic Director Christiane LeBlanc looks upon this reunion with great happiness. For her, the past two years have been synonymous with pitfalls, but also with extraordinary lessons for the future. …

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17 March 2022 – The Honens International Piano Competition unconditionally condemns the invasion of Ukraine and the human rights  violations perpetrated by the Russian government, aided by Belarus. We stand with the people of Ukraine in defence of their  freedom. Last week, the Board of Directors made the difficult decision to revoke invitations to Russian competitors to the 2022 event.  This decision was made following lengthy and in-depth discussions about the worsening humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Since that decision, we have seen and heard so much. Alongside the horrific images from across Ukraine, we’ve seen  thousands of Russian citizens arrested…

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Born Emma Lajeunesse, Quebec’s first diva rose to fame under the name of Emma Albani, one she borrowed from the state capital of New York. The local clergy of that city viewed her much more favourably than the one of her native province, who thwarted her dream of going to Europe, deeming it too dangerous for pure souls to work in theatres abroad. But her story reveals the level of indifference towards the arts of that time, when artists were denied access to wider recognition. In 1911, the Liberal government of Quebec premier Lomer Gouin created the Concours Prix…

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Bruce Liu: Chopin Bruce Liu, piano Deutsche Grammophon, 2021 Following his resounding victory at the 18th Chopin Competition last October, Montreal pianist Bruce Liu received honors from the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label. It has released a live recording of some of its performances from the Philharmonic Concert Hall in Warsaw (Poland). The opportunity to live or relive this event that marked musical life on a planetary scale, in a world still struggling with the pandemic. It all begins with the Andante Spianato in G major in an interpretation full of grace and elegance. Bruce Liu creates a feeling of comfort…

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