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Montreal International Musical Competition

The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is an elite-level competition for classical musicians who are interested in pursuing an international career as a professional concert artist. Established in 2001 by the late André Bourbeau and by French-Canadian bass Joseph Rouleau, the CMIM features three disciplines - voice, violin and piano - on a rotating basis over a three-year cycle.

The CMIM is composed of four rounds: the preliminary round (based on video recordings), the First round, the semi-finals and the finals. Award winners receive prizes and grants valued at over $150,000. The 2019 edition dedicated to violin will be followed in 2020 with an edition devoted to piano, and in 2021 with a voice edition.

André Bourbeau was the president of the Competition since its first edition in 2002 and was succeeded by François R. Roy in 2018.

Since May 2004, the CMIM has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Christiane LeBlanc is the Executive & Artistic Director of the CMIM since 2012.

Editions

2002

The inaugural CMIM was dedicated to voice. The First Prize was won by Measha Brueggergosman.

Laureates

Special prizes

  • People's Award
  • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Joseph Kaiser (Baritone), Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award
  • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada

    2003

    The second edition of the CMIM was dedicated to violin. The First Prize was won by Yossif Ivanov.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to Arthur LeBlanc" (People's Choice Award)
  • Alexis Cardenas, Venezuela
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Sarah Pratt, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Jean-Sébastien Roy, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award
  • Diana Galvydyte, Lithuania

    2004

    The third edition of the CMIM was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Serhiy Salov.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to André Mathieu" (People's Choice Award)
  • Sergei Solov, Ukraine
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Darrett Zusko, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Matthieu Fortin, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award
  • David Fray, France

    2005

    The fourth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Sin Nyung Hwang.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to Richard Verreau" (People's Choice Award)
  • Lauren Skuce (Soprano), United States
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Peter McGillivray (Baritone), Canada
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best opera performance by a Canadian)
  • Phillip Addis (Baritone), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Phillip Addis (Baritone), Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
  • Elena Xanthoudakis (Soprano), Australia

    2006

    The fifth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Jinjoo Cho.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to Gilles Lefebvre" (People's Choice Award)
  • Jinjoo Cho, South Korea
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Nikki Chooi, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Jean-Sébastien Roy, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
  • Ye-Eun Choi, South Korea

    2007

    The sixth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Marianne Fiset.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to Leopold Simoneau" (People's Choice Award)
  • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
  • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Poulenc French Song Award (Best French Song performance by a Candidate)
  • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Best performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
  • Susanne Ellen Kirchesch (Soprano), Germany

    2008

    The seventh edition of the CMIM was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Nareh Arghamanyan.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Nareh Arghamanyan, Armenia
  • People's Choice Award "Tribute to Yvonne Hubert"
  • Nareh Arghamanyan, Armenia
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
  • Marie-Hélène Trempe, Canada
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Sergei Saratovsky, Canada

    2009

    The eighth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Angela Meade.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • "Tribute to André Turp" (People's Choice Award)
  • Angela Meade (Soprano), United States
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Yannick-Muriel Noah (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
  • Charlotte Corwin(Soprano), Canada
  • Best performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
  • Andrew Garland (Baritone), United States

    2010

    The ninth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Benjamin Beilman.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Benjamin Beilman, United States
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Nikki Chooi, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
  • Boson Mo, Canada
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Nikita Borisoglebsky (Baritone), Russia

    2011

    The tenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Beatrice Rana.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Beatrice Rana, Italy
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Beatrice Rana, Italy
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Tina Chong, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
  • Steven Massicotte, Canada

    2012

    The eleventh edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Philippe Sly.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
  • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Atma Classique Award for a CD Recording
  • Yuri Gorodetski (tenor), Belarus

    2013

    The twelfth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Marc Bouchkov.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Stephen Waarts, United States
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Luke Hsu, United States
  • Wilder & Davis Award for the best semi-final recital
  • Marc Bouchkov, Belgium

    2014

    The thirteenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Jayson Gillham.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Jayson Gillham, Australia/United Kingdom
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • Jayson Gillham, Australia/United Kingdom
  • André Bourbeau Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • Charles Richard Hamelin

    2015

    The fourteenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Keonwoo Kim.

    Laureates

    Special prizes

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
  • Hera Hyesang Park (soprano), South Korea
  • André Bourbeau Award for the Best Canadian Artist
  • France Bellemare (soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
  • France Bellemare (soprano), Canada
  • Award for the best semi-final recital
  • Anaïs Constans (soprano), France

    2016

    The fifteenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Ayana Tsuji.

    Laureates

    2017

    The sixteenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to piano. The Grand prize was won by [http://zoltanfejervari.com/ Zoltan Fejervari].

    Laureates

    2018

    The seventeenth edition of the CMIM was dedicated to voice and featured two divisions - aria and art song. First prize in Aria was won by [https://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/20045/1st-prize-aria-montreal-music-competition-2018 Mario Bahg]. First prize in Art Song was won by [https://www.johnbrancy.com/ John Brancy].

    Laureates



    Main Prizes - Art Song