The 19th edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal is dedicated to piano and will take place from May 4 to 13th, 2020 at Salle Bourgie and the Maison symphonique: 24 of the world’s greatest talents will be among us to win $ 150,000 in prizes and grants. 

Throughout the eventsspectators will have the chance to witness breathtaking and memorable performances. 

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Competitors

Kevin Ahfat
Kevin Ahfat
Canada/USA
Alice Burla
Alice Burla
Canada
Yoichiro Chiba
Yoichiro Chiba
Japan
Francesco Granata
Francesco Granata
Italy
Ji-Hyang Gwak
Ji-Hyang Gwak
South Korea
Andrei Illiushkin
Andrei Illiushkin
Russia
Su Yeon Kim
Su Yeon Kim
South Korea
Krystof Książek
Krystof Książek
Poland
Ying Li
Ying Li
China
Dimitri Malignan
Dimitri Malignan
France
Ken Nakasako
Ken Nakasako
Japan
Yeontaek Oh
Yeontaek Oh
South Korea
Tamila Salimdjanova
Tamila Salimdjanova
Uzbekistan
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner
United States
Cristian Sandrin
Cristian Sandrin
Roumanie
Dmitry Sin
Dmitry Sin
Russia
Marcel Tadokoro
Marcel Tadokoro
France
Stepĥanie Tang
Stepĥanie Tang
United States
Giorgio Trione Bartoli
Giorgio Trione Bartoli
Italy
Alexey Trushechkin
Alexey Trushechkin
Russia
Zhu Wang
Zhu Wang
China
Jiacheng Xiong
Jiacheng Xiong
China
Suah Ye
Suah Ye
South Korea
Joon Yoon
Joon Yoon
South Korea

Jury

Zarin Mehta
Zarin Mehta
Inda/United States
Arnaldo Cohen
Arnaldo Cohen
United States
Martin Engstroem
Martin Engstroem
Sweden
Till Fellner
Till Fellner
Austria
Mari Kodama
Mari Kodama
Japan
Hélène Mercier
Hélène Mercier
Canada
Costa Pilavachi
Costa Pilavachi
Canada
Rena Shereshevskaya
Rena Shereshevskaya
Russia
Susan Wadsworth
Susan Wadsworth
United States

Prizes & Awards

Piano 2020 offers more than CA$150,000 worth of prizes, awards and grants:

 

First Prize Laureate
$30,000 cash from the City of Montreal;
$50,000 Joseph-Rouleau career development grant offered by the Azrieli Foundation;
$2,500 artist residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity;
and concert engagements

Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde-Chopin Second Prize Laureate
$15,000

Third Prize Laureate
$10,000 

Radio-Canada Audience Award
$5,000

André-Bourbeau Award for the best Canadian artist
5 000 $ offered by the Bourbeau Foundation

Sonata Award for the best performance of a sonata
$2,500 

André-Bachand Award
$2,000 for the best performance of the compulsory Canadian work
offered by Claudette Hould

Bach Award
$1,500 for the best performance of a work by J.S. Bach 
offered by the Montreal Bach Festival

Finalists (non-laureates)
$3,000 each

Important Dates

  • November 15, 2019: application deadline
  • May 3, 2020: competitors’ welcome meeting and piano selection
  • May 4–6, 2020: First Round
  • May 7–8, 2020: Semifinal Round
  • May 12–13, 2019: Final Round and Awards Ceremony

Xian Zhang, Guest Conductor

Since September 2016, Zhang has held the position of Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC National Orchestra & Chorus of Wales, becoming the first female conductor to hold a titled role with a BBC orchestra. She also holds the post of Conductor Emeritus of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, following her tenure as Music Director from 2009–2016.

Last season included returns to Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orquesta Nacional de España, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, San Francisco Symphony and NAC Orchestra, Ottawa. 2018/19 sees her debuts with Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and the orchestra of Royal Stockholm Opera.

Born in Dandong, China, Xian Zhang made her professional conducting debut at the Central Opera House in Beijing at the age of 20. She was appointed as the New York Philharmonic’s Assistant Conductor in 2002, subsequently becoming their Associate Conductor and the first holder of the Arturo Toscanini Chair.

Xian Zhang will be directing the Orchestre symhonique de Montréal during the final CMIM round.