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CALGARY, AB, June 17, 2021—The Honens International Piano Competition announces the 2022 edition schedule, which was postponed from 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 50 Quarterfinalists chosen to participate in the Competition remain in place for 2022, as will the juries and collaborating artists, where possible. Quarterfinalists hail from 18 different countries. The Quarterfinals take place in Frankfurt (March 14 to 17) and New York (March 24 to 26). In this round, each of the 50 selected pianists performs a 40-minute self-programmed solo recital and completes an interview with an arts journalist. All performances are recorded on video for…

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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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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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Edmonton, AB – On Friday, May 21 and Saturday, May 22, 2021, six string players from across Canada will vie for the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Strings Competition and the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony  Orchestra at a later date.  Due to COVID-19, the Competition will be held virtually this year with competitors submitting videos for the adjudicators to watch. Competitors’  performances, if we are given permission to share them, will be posted to our  website and social media after the Competition and the results announced. (see  attached programme information)  This year’s competitors (with hometowns in…

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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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