Canadian Music Competition Stepping Stone Winners Announced

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The Gala Concert featuring the winners will take place on July 5 with the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville

21 June 2016 — The management of the Canadian Music Competition – Canimex (CMC) is pleased to announce the names of the winners of the 2016 Stepping Stone. The winner of the First Prize will appear in concert on July 5 at 7 pm in Salle Léo-Paul-Therrien at the Maison des arts Desjardins, with the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville under the direction of conductor Julien Proulx. Other winners of the general section of the CMC will also be heard. Note that 28 young musicians between the ages of 16 and 28, from five provinces across the country (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Manitoba) took part in the 2016 Stepping Stone. Through the Stepping Stone, the CMC gives Canada’s finest musicians an opportunity to perform within a context similar to that of major international competitions.

  • First Prize Canimex Group, $10,000: David Dias Da Silva, clarinettist, Montreal, QC
  • Second Prize UL Mutual, $5,000: Jeanne Amièle, pianist, Montreal, QC
  • Third Prize Pianos Bolduc Montréal, $2,500: Justin Joon Kee Min, pianist, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Prize for the Best Performance of a Compulsory Canadian Work, $1,000: David Dias Da Silva, clarinettist, Montreal, QC

All other finalists will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each, one of which will be offered by Canadian Tire of Drummondville.

Alongside the Stepping Stone, the CMC’s National Final is taking place until July 3, also at the Maison des arts Desjardins in Drummondville. Over 200 young musicians between the ages of 7 and 30, from six provinces across the country, are taking part in the competition.

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A complete list of candidates and a detailed competition schedule are available here.

All performances of the CMC National Final are open to the public for free. Tickets for the July 5 Gala Concert are on sale at the box office of the Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville: 819-477-5412,
1-800-265-5412 toll-free, or at
[email protected]com

The public is also invited to come see an impressive exhibition of stringed instruments, presented by the Forum des fabricants, in the foyer of the Maison des arts, on June 20, 26, 30 (11 am to 7 pm), and on July 5 (starting at 6 pm). Admission is free of charge.

The CMC warmly thanks the Canimex Group, its main sponsor for this 2016 edition and partner for more than 40 years. “The Canadian Music Competition – Canimex stands as a key element in Canada’s heritage. We are very happy that Drummondville, the city in which our organization came to be and developed, since 1969, will be hosting such a prestigious musical gathering”, noted Roger Dubois, the company’s president.

The CMC also thanks Steinway & Sons and Pianos Bolduc Montreal, UL Mutual, Soprema, Ville de Drummondville, The Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Tire of Drummondville, Desjardins, Jeunesses Musicales Canada Foundation, Power Corporation of Canada, Québecor, Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville, Cégep de Drummondville, The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur.


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