Opus Prize Winner – Music Event of the Year
Opus AWARD Winner – Music Event of the Year
This Sunday, March 6, the Conseil québécois de la musique held its 25th annual Opus Awards gala. The Concours musical international de Montréal received the Special Award for Music Event of the Year for its exceptional Piano 2021 edition.
It’s Time to Celebrate at the CMIM!
After two years of restrictive measures, distance and silence – and after multiple efforts to reinvent ourselves, to maintain the precious links between artists, the musical community, partners and the public, the CMIM welcomes this recognition of the community with joy and pride. Yes, we did it!
Considerable International Logistics
With this innovative, entirely-digital edition, the CMIM team offered a virtual stage to the young competing pianists who had been isolated and silenced for more than a year due to the pandemic. A total of 26 pianists of 11 different nationalities were able to participate through video performances from 16 cities around the world, allowing music to cross borders, most of which were closed. The Piano 2021 recitals were broadcast on multiple platforms in Asia, Europe and America, accumulating more than 3 million views in just a few weeks. The Concours musical international de Montréal had never been so international!
This vast international production was guided by the principles of quality and fairness that have characterized the CMIM since its very first edition in 2002. “Achieving this feat required considerable international logistics and I congratulate the CMIM team for having ventured down this path with the support of more than 200 international and local collaborators, all of whom, technicians, sound engineers, videographers and graphic designers, contributed to the success of Piano 2021,” commented CMIM President Jean-Jacques Laurans.
The CMIM owes the success of this feat to the solidarity of the entire community that surrounds it. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have felt the strong support of our administrators, our partners, our donors, our volunteers, and our artistic partners. This recognition from the CQM is a welcome addition to the extraordinary endorsement we feel to pursue our mission,” said Christiane LeBlanc, Executive and Artistic Director of the CMIM.
Spring 2022 will mark the return of the CMIM on stage with a Voice Edition that will unfold from May 31 to June 9 at Salle Bourgie and Maison symphonique. Until then, Piano 2021 recitals are still available for on-demand viewing here.
About the Opus Awards
Created in 1996 by the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Opus Awards highlight the excellence and diversity of concert music in Quebec. The Special Award for Music Event of the Year is awarded to a significant musical event from the last Opus season, whose artistic quality and scope result from an exceptional achievement.