CMIM: Piano 2020 Competitors and Jury Members


Announcing Competitors and Jury Members for the Piano 2020 Edition of the CMIM

Montréal, January 28, 2020 – The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) unveils the names of the competitors and jury members of its Piano 2020 edition, taking place from May 4 to 13 at Bourgie Hall and Maison symphonique. The 24 competitors will vie for over $150,000 in prizes, awards, and grants.

“Every year, the CMIM competitors impress me by the passion and musical caliber they demonstrate. The human warmth that permeates this competition really makes it stand out – for me, that is truly what Montreal is all about,” highlights Alain Lefèvre, CMIM honorary patron, pianist and composer.

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The Competitors

24 competitors, 17 men and 7 women between the ages of 20 and 30, were selected to participate in the competition. Of the 11 countries represented, South Korea leads the selection with 5 pianists, while Russia, China and United States are each represented by 3 pianists. Canada is represented by 2 pianists.

Kevin Ahfat (Canada, USA)
Alice Burla (Canada)
Yoichiro Chiba (Japan)
Francesco Granata (Italy)
Ji-Hyang Gwak (South Korea)
Andrei Iliushkin (Russia)
Su Yeon Kim (South Korea)
Krzysztof Książek  (Poland)
Ying Li (China)
Dmitri Malignan
Ken Nakasako (Japan)
Yeontaek Oh (South Korea)
Tamila Salimdjanova
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (USA)
Cristian Sandrin (Romania)
Dmitry Sin (Russia)
Marcel Tadokoro (France)
Stephanie Tang (USA)
Giorgio Trione Bartoli (Italy)
Alexey Trushechkin (Russia)
Zhu Wang (China)
Jiacheng Xiong (China)
Suah Ye (South Korea)
Joon Yoon (South Korea)

The Jury
Presided over by Zarin Mehta, the international jury is comprised of Arnaldo Cohen (USA), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia), and Susan Wadsworth (USA).

Competition Rounds

The first round (May 4, 5, and 6) and semifinal round (May 7 and 8) sessions will take place at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall.

The final round will take place over two nights (May 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.) at Maison symphonique. Pianists will be accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the baton of conductor Xian Zhang. Each evening will be preceded by a talk hosted by Mario Paquet in the Foyer Allegro.

Subscription packages to the competition are available now. Single tickets will be available as of February 11.

Subscription packages and single tickets available on the CMIM website:

About the Concours musical international de Montréal
Considered one of the most prestigious musical competitions in the world, the CMIM is held annually and features three disciplines (piano, voice, and violin) in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, more than 3,500 hopefuls have entered the Competition and close to 500 have performed in Montreal.

Among the CMIM’s noteworthy Laureates are Maesha Brueggergosman, Jamie Barton, Philippe Sly, Benjamin Beilman, Beatrice Rana, and Charles Richard-Hamelin.

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