Quebec philanthropist devoted his life to music and advancing young musicians’ careers
Montréal, Monday, March 26, 2018 – André Bourbeau, president and co-founder of the CMIM (Concours musical international the Montréal), passed away peacefully Sunday morning. André Bourbeau was president of the CMIM, its foundation and its international jury since 2002.
Canada leads the selection with eight singers
Montréal, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 38 promising young singers—20 women and 18 men between the ages of 24 and 35, from a record 22 nations—have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) next May 29 to June 7. Canada leads the selection with eight singers, followed by South Korea with six singers.
Montréal, December 19, 2017 – This past December 15, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) received applications from 358 singers, resulting in the highest number of applicants in the history of the Competition. Up 190% from the previous voice edition in 2015, CMIM Voice 2018 received a total of 469 applications, 303 in the Aria division and 166 in the Art Song division, from 163 sopranos, 42 mezzo-sopranos, 60 tenors, 62 baritones, 13 bass-baritones, 11 basses and 7 countertenors.
Montréal, Tuesday, September 12, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) is extremely pleased to announce that pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre will act as honorary patron of its annual event. Attracting some of the world’s most promising young singers, pianists and violinists, the CMIM’s next edition will be held from May 27 to June 7 and is dedicated to Voice.
Montréal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017 – Following ten days of intense high-level competition, the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) culminated this evening with the announcement of the top three prizewinners of its 2017 piano edition. The First Prize winner will perform at the gala on May 12 with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by guest conductor Claus Peter Flor. The gala will also highlight CMIM’s 15th and Montreal’s 375th anniversaries by featuring performances with three former First Prize winners: soprano Measha Brueggergosman (2002), pianist Serhiy Salov (2004) and violinist Benjamin Beilman (2010). Key Montreal figures will be in attendance including the Mayor of Montréal Denis Coderre and CMIM spokesperson Robert Charlebois. It promises to be an exceptional evening!
Montréal, Monday, May 8, 2017 – The semifinals of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) came to a close last night as the jury selected six pianists from five countries to compete in the finals. Each finalist will perform one of the great concertos of the repertoire at the Maison symphonique on May 9 and 10, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) led by guest conductor Claus Peter Flor.
Montréal, May 5, 2017 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces the names of the 12 pianists from nine countries competing in the semifinals on May 6 and 7 at Bourgie Hall of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The only Canadian, Teo Gheorghiu, wins de facto the $5,000 Award for the best Canadian artist offered by the Bourbeau Foundation. The six finalists will be announced following the last semifinal session on Sunday, May 7.
Montréal, May 1st, 2017 – Following a random draw earlier today, the Concours musical international de Montréal officials reveal the order of appearance and detailed schedule for the 24 pianists participating in the first round at Bourgie Hall (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). The semi-finalists will be announced following the last first round session on Thursday, May 4. Twelve pianists will be chosen for the semifinals and six for the finals.
Montreal, Thursday, April 27, 2017 – The festivities surrounding the 15th anniversary of the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) kicked off yesterday, April 26, with the sold-out presentation of Pianos en liberté, a piano improvisation concert by Jean-François Zygel, Bruno Fontaine, and Serhiy Salov. This unique event featured the world premiere of Concerto pour piano fantôme et orchestre by Canadian composer François Dompierre, as well as some improvisational sparring and a game of musical chairs by the three truly remarkable pianists!
The competition starts Tuesday, May 2 at Bourgie Hall (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). 24 young pianists, 6 women and 18 men from 15 countries with an average age of 26, participate in the first round.