“The CMIM gave me much more than a first prize: just after the competition I received many invitations for concerts in America, Europe and Asia and I had the opportunity of recording my first CD. If someone would ask me: did the Montréal Competition help your career? I would unhesitatingly answer: it made possible my dream of being a pianist come true.”
Beatrice Rana, 1st Prize Winner CMIM Piano 2011
André Bourbeau and Joseph Rouleau
Considered as one of the great cultural achievements in Canada, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is a non-profit organization whose mandate is to raise awareness for classical music through the discovery of young talent in an international competition context. The CMIM also seeks to support young musicians from all over the world who wish to pursue an international performing career.
The CMIM has allowed the world’s finest young singers, violinists, and pianists to be heard and to take off as high-level professional musicians.
Founded in 2001 by internationally renowned bass Joseph Rouleau and the late André Bourbeau (1936-2018), the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is an annual event that draws over 6,000 spectators to concert halls and reaches even more listeners via radio and webcasts. The CMIM is one of the only international competitions in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines (voice, violin, piano) in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, more than 3,500 hopefuls have entered the Competition and close to 500 have performed in Montreal, much to the delight of music lovers.
Following a preliminary step (based on video recordings), the CMIM invites 24 of the most talented young musicians in the world to compete in Montreal. The Competition consists of three rounds: First, semifinal, and final. Recital rounds are held at Salle Bourgie while concert rounds with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal are held at Maison symphonique. The candidates go through a unique experience by taking part in the CMIM: they receive beneficial advice from an international jury made up of leading figures on the music scene, perform with an orchestra of the caliber of the OSM, they attend master classes, form friendships, discover Montreal and its welcoming ambience, and share over $100,000 in prizes and grants.
In addition, CMIM officials make every effort to ensure that springtime in Montreal brings a genuine ten-day celebration of music. Various free activities are organized alongside the competition rounds to increase awareness of classical music: violin lessons on the street, a grand piano and piano teacher available to passers-by at Place des Arts, exhibition of contemporary violin and bow makers, master classes, free concerts that combine various genres… there’s something new every year!
The CMIM is both an invitation for young musicians to experience an incomparable adventure in Montreal—while benefiting from the many opportunities this ideal gateway to North America has to offer—, and for everyone wishing to discover new music and talent over ten days of recitals, concerts and special activities.