Prizes Galore! Prizes Galore!


Candidates of the upcoming Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) have reason to rejoice! The CMIM is introducing three special prizes during the 2016 Violin edition, which brings the total prize money to $83,000!



To pay tribute to their late father, Raymond and Jean-Claude Bachand will offer an award for the best performance of a compulsory Canadian work. André Bachand, after whom the prize is named, played an active role in the cultural milieu; his commitment and his talent for bringing people together allowed many cultural organisations to develop and survive financially.

Worth $4,000, the André-Bachand award will be introduced for the first time at the 2016 Violin edition and will be tied to an existing work from a Canadian composer that candidates will have to perform if they reach the Semi-Final Round. The chosen work will be announced on April15, 2016.



Tourisme Montréal renews its contribution to the CMIM by offering a $2,000 Award for the Best Performance of a Sonata in the Semi-Final Round of the Violin Competition. Twelve candidates must perform a complete sonata as part of the required programme for the semi-final recital, at the end of which the international jury will determine the winner of this award. The CMIM is very grateful for the continued support of Tourisme Montréal.



As part of the quarter-final required programme of the Violin edition, each candidate must play excerpts of a work by Johann Sebastian Bach. In order to reward the best performance of a work by this composer, the CMIM is delighted to form a new partnership with the Montreal Bach Festival, who will sponsor the Bach Award. This award includes a $1,000 cash prize as well as a recital during the Bach Festival.



During the 2016 Violin edition, the CMIM will award three main prizes, six special prizes and three grants:


  • First Prize offered by the Ville de Montréal $30,000
  • Second Prize offered by Canimex $15,000
  • Third Prize $10,000



  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist offered by the Bourbeau Foundation $5,000
  • Joseph-Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec offered by François R. Roy $5,000
  • Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award $5,000
  • André-Bachand Award for the Best Performance of a Compulsory Canadian Work in the Semi-Final Round offered by Raymond et Jean-Claude Bachand $4,000
  • Award for the Best Performance of a Sonata in the Semi-Final Round offered by Tourisme Montréal $2,000
  • Bach Award for the Best Performance of a Work by Bach in the Quarter-Final Round offered by the Montreal Bach Festival $1,000



  • For the three unranked finalists $2,000



In addition to these prizes, the CMIM has partnered with several national and international musical organisations to offer concert engagements to its prizewinners. In the coming months: 

Jayson Gillham, First Prize, Piano 2014

  • Ladies Morning Musical Club, December 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM – Pollack Hall, Montreal
  • Nashville Symphony, February 18, 2016 at 7 PM, February 19 & 20, 2016 at 8 PM – Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Nashville, USA
  • McGill Chamber Orchestra, May 3, 2016 at 7:30 PM – Bourgie Hall, Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts


Charles Richard-Hamelin, Second Prize, Piano 2014

  • Jeunesses musicales Canada, February 10, 2016 at 6 PM – JMC Head Office, Montreal
  • I Musici de Montréal, April 2, 2016 at 8 PM – Théâtre de la Ville, Longueuil


Annika Treutler, Third Prize, Piano 2014

  • Regina Symphony Orchestra, November 28, 2015 at 8 PM – Conexus Arts Centre, Regina, Canada
  • Société Pro Musica, February 21, 2016 at 3 PM – Bourgie Hall, Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts