AYANA TSUJI TRIUMPHS AT THE CMIM 2016 VIOLIN EDITION AYANA TSUJI TRIUMPHS AT THE CMIM 2016 VIOLIN EDITION

Montréal, Thursday, June 2, 2016 – The curtain came down tonight on the 15th edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM). Right before the gala concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), CMIM officials publically announced the prizewinners of the 2016 violin edition at Maison symphonique to the audience in the hall and around the world, thanks to the live Webcast produced by the CMIM and streamed simultaneously on medici.tv.

The First Prize of $30,000 went to 18-year old Japanese violinist Ayana Tsuji, who also won the André-Bachand Award, the best semifinal recital award, the best performance of a Sonata in a semifinal, as well as the Bach and Paganini awards. Here is the complete list of the prizewinners:

MAIN PRIZES

First Prize: $30,000

Offered by the Ville de Montréal

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

Second Prize: $15,000

Offered by Canimex

Bomsori KIM (South Korea)

 

Third Prize: $10,000

Offered by Stingray

Minami YOSHIDA (Japan)

 

SPECIAL AWARDS

Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award: $5,000

Offered by Radio-Canada

Bomsori KIM (South Korea)

 

André-Bachand Award for the best performance of the compulsory Canadian work in the semifinals: $4,000

Offered by Jean-Claude and Raymond Bachand

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

Award for the best semifinal recital: $2,500

Offered by Wilder & Davis

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

Award for the best performance of a Sonata in the semifinal round: $2,000

Offered by Tourisme Montréal

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

Bach Award for the best performance of a work by J.S. Bach in the quarter-final round: $1,000

Offered by the Montreal Bach Festival

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

Paganini Award for the best performance of a Caprice by Paganini in the quarter-final round: $1,000

Offered by E. Noël Spinelli, C.M., C.Q.

Ayana TSUJI (Japan)

 

CMIM grants awarded to the three unranked finalists: $2,000

Offered by Maurice Deschamps, Joseph Rouleau, and Peter Symcox

Petteri IIVONEN (Finland)

Fedor RUDIN (France – Russia)

Ji Won SONG (South Korea)

 

Accompanied by the OSM under guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, the three main prizewinners performed to an enthusiastic audience. Third Prize winner Minami Yoshida played the First Movement of Sibelius’ Concerto in D minor, opus 47, followed by Second Prize winner Bomsori Kim, performing the third and fourth movements of Shostakovitch’s Concerto No. 1 opus 99. First Prize winner Ayana Tsuji closed the concert in a complete performance of Sibelius’ Concerto in D minor, opus 47.  Marc Bouchkov, CMIM 2013 First Prize winner, offered a poignant performance of the theme from Schindler’s List by composer John Williams.

The 2016 gala concert, as well as all Competition rounds, are available on demand on CMIM’s YouTube channel. The finals and gala concert are also available on demand for three months on medici.tv for free.

PIANO IN 2017

Next year’s competition will feature piano. Starting with the Richard-Lupien Improvisation Prize from April 24 to April 26, followed by the CMIM’s Piano edition from May 1 to May 12, 2017. More details coming soon at concoursmontreal.ca/en./the-competitions/piano.