Piano 2021

Piano 2021


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From April 26 to May 14, 2021

CMIM Piano 2021 – program : Part 1 | Part 2 (PDF)

Winner of the Opus Award for Music Event of the Year


When the finest talents come to you

27 of the world’s finest young pianists will take part in the 19th edition of the CMIM. Modern technology and the generous support of our loyal partners will allow us to realize an entirely online competition where emotion is guaranteed to transcend the screen.


The CMIM has never been so international

Hailing from eleven different countries and currently confined in thirteen different cities, the competitors, selected over a year ago, are eager to take the plunge into this great digital adventure.

The pianists will compete in two rounds. The twenty-seven recitals of the semifinal round and the eight recitals of the final round will be professionally recorded around the world.

Zarin Mehta returns as jury president and will oversee  a prestigious international jury spread out over three continents: Arnaldo Cohen, Martin Engstroem, Mari Kodama, Hélène Mercier, Costa Pilavachi, Rena Shereshevskaya and Susan Wadsworth.





The members of the prestigious international jury for the CMIM’s 19th edition are Arnaldo Cohen (United States), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi ( Canada), Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia) and Susan Wadsworth (United States).

The jury’s principal task is to decide which pianists receive the Piano 2021 laureate prizes and special awards

Zarin Mehta continues as jury president, as he has doen since 2018. Exceptionally this year, the jury members will remain in their home countries and judge the competition remotely.





jury members for Bita Cattelan Philanthropic Engagement Award

Jean-Pierre Primiani (président), Bita Cattelan, Nicolas Ellis, François Leclair and Andrew Wan.


Preliminary jury

Leila Getz, Jean-François Latour, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Pierre van der Westhuizen and Susan Wadsworth.



The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) will give out a record amount of $235.000 and awards during its 19th piano edition.

Never could such a sum be offered without the exceptional contribution of generous partners who support our mission.



First Prize: Su Yeon Kim (South Korea)
Value of $180.000

Grand Cash Prize

offered by Ville de Montréal

Joseph Rouleau Career Development Grant
offered by Azrieli Foundation 

Solo recording on the Steinway & Sons record label and launch event at Steinway Hall in New York City
offered by Steinway & Sons

Normand Beauchamp winner’s concert tour in three North-American cities
offered by Sarah Beauchamp

Concerto performance with the CMIM’s official orchestra, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
offered by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal 

Artist Residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity
offered by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Career Management and Concert Bookings 
offered by Forbes International Artist Management

International solo recitals offered to one of the laureates chosen by Steinway & Sons
offered by Steinway & Sons

Pierre-Péladeau et Raymonde-Chopin Second Prize: Yoichiro Chiba (Japan)
offered by Quebecor

Third Prize: Dimitri Maligna (France)
offered by Stingray Classica


Special Awards

ICI Musique Audience Award: Dimitri Malignan
offered by Ici Musique

André Bourbeau Award for the best Canadian artist: Alice Burla
offered by la Fondation Bourbeau

Bita Cattelan Philanthropic Engagement Award: Anna Han
offered by Bita Cattelan

The Bita Cattelan Philanthropic Engagement Award recognizes a competitor who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to community through volunteerism, involvement, or support of a charitable cause. The competitor will donate 50% of the value of the prize to the cause or project of his choice.


André Bachand Award for the best performance of the compulsory Canadian work: Alice Burla
offered by Claudette Hould


Festival Bach Montréal Award for the best performance of a work by J. S. Bach: Dimitri Malignan
offered by Festival Bach Montréal


5 Finalist Grants to unranked finalists

Alice Burla, Canada
3 000 $ – grant offered by Groupe Colabor

Francesco Granata, Italy
3 000 $ – grant offered by Pierre Seccareccia

Ying Li, China
3 000 $ – grant offered by Cogeco

Chaeyoung Park, South Korea
3 000 $ – grant offered by CGI

Marcel Tadokoro, France
3 000 $ – grant offered by Janine Bombardier et Sadok Besrour




Witness Mari Kodama and Charles Richard-Hamelin’s unique passion for teaching 6 young Quebecois pianists, who will be performing music by Chopin and Beethoven.

See or review the master classes of the Piano 2021 edition.



1. Semifinal

In this round, selected pianists will each perform a 45-minute solo recital recorded in one take and presented online.

An international jury will evaluate the performances and select eight (8) pianists for the final round.


2. Final

In this round, finalists will perform an hour-long solo recital recorded in one take and presented online.

An international jury will evaluate the performances and select the laureates and award winners.



Competitors who enter a work by J. S. Bach in one of the two programs will be eligible for the J. S. Bach PrizeIt is compulsory to perform the imposed work by Canadian composer John Burge (Three Preludes: Allegro energico; Spring Thaw; Off-beat Waltz) in the final round, and to include a work by J.S. Bach in either the semifinal or final round.


Rules and conditions of participation of the CMIM – PDF