The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is an elite-level competition for classical musicians wishing to pursue an international career as a professional concert artist. 



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;
$2,500 artist residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity;
and concert engagements

Pierre Péladeau and Raymonde-Chopin Second Prize Laureate

Third Prize Laureate

Audience Award

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

Sonata Award for the best performance of a sonata

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

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

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.