Message from the Executive and Artistic Director of the CMIM Message from the Executive and Artistic Director of the CMIM

Message from the Executive and Artistic Director of the CMIM

Dear friends,As I write these words, I have made a decision to start a new chapter in my life. I will be leaving my position as Executive and Artistic Director of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) at the end of May, following our next Violin edition. I feel incredibly privileged to have held this position for more than ten years. Upon my arrival in 2012, I was warmly welcomed by the competition’s co-founders, André Bourbeau and Joseph Rouleau. They transmitted to me the values of the CMIM: a warm and humane competition where exchanges and encounters are as valuable as the medals!Since then, I have received incredible support from my colleagues, and dear administrators who have placed their trust in me with enthusiasm, through the years, projects, and challenges. I am amazed to have seen our competition grow so much over the past years.It is thanks to you, friends, partners, donors, sponsors, volunteers, members of our prestigious jury, and stunningly talented artists that our international influence has become simply phenomenal today. Together, we have faced significant challenges, but we have also experienced great moments of emotion.What a great pleasure it has been to witness live the blossoming of exceptional careers that have enriched the local and international music scene, to have welcomed Mini Violini prodigies from all over the world, to have created the Improvisation Prize and its Concerto pour piano fantôme, and to have dared an exceptional digital edition in the midst of a pandemic …!With the dedication of our community, our loyal audience, and your passion for our artists, I take my leave with confidence and joy, knowing that there is such a bright future for the CMIM. I would like to express my deepest gratitude, dear friends, for this great adventure.Thank you! A thousand times, thank you!I look forward to having you by my side for my final edition at the CMIM, dedicated to the violin, from April 22 to May 4, 2023.Christiane LeBlanc