The CMIM

“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
Pianist from Italy, 1st Prize Winner of the CMIM in 2011

Founded in 2002 by internationally renowned bass Joseph Rouleau and current Chairman of the Board of the Competition and its Foundation André Bourbeau, the CMIM is an annual event that draws over 6,000 spectators to concert halls, as well as thousands of listeners on the radio and the web.

The CMIM seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who demonstrate exceptional mastery of their art. It’s the only international competition in North America to be held annually and to present three disciplines in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, more than 2,400 hopefuls have entered the Competition and nearly 400 have performed in Montreal, much to the delight of music lovers.

Following a preliminary step (based on video recordings), the CMIM consists of three rounds: quarter-final, semi-final, and final. The three disciplines of the Competition, voice, violin and piano, are featured on a rotating basis over a three-year cycle.

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, they attend master classes, form friendships, discover Montreal and its welcoming ambience, and share over $80,000 in prizes and bursaries.