May 26 to June 6, 2019
In 2019, the CMIM will hold its sixth edition dedicated to Violin. Entries for application are now open.

Application

Entries for application are now open for the 2019 Violin edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal. Violinists from around the world are invited to apply for an incredible experience here in Montreal and benefit from the many opportunities afforded by this exceptional gateway to North America.

APPLICATION FORM

Deadline for entries: November 15, 2018

Age limit: Born between January 1, 1990 and December 31, 2003

Jury

Zarin MEHTA, president of the jury
Zarin MEHTA, president of the jury
India/United States
Pierre AMOYAL
Pierre AMOYAL
France
Michael HAEFLIGER
Michael HAEFLIGER
Switzerland
Kim KASHKASHIAN
Kim KASHKASHIAN
United States
Boris KUSCHNIR
Boris KUSCHNIR
Austria
Cho-Liang LIN
Cho-Liang LIN
United States
Mihaela MARTIN
Mihaela MARTIN
Romania
Barry SHIFFMAN
Barry SHIFFMAN
Canada
Dmitry SITKOVETSKY
Dmitry SITKOVETSKY
United Kingdom/United States

PRIZES & AWARDS

Violin 2019 offers more than CA$150,000 worth of prizes, awards and grants:

  • First Prize Laureate: CA$102,500 ($30,000 cash; $50,000 career development grant; $20,000 instrument crafted by a team of Quebec’s finest violin and bow makers; $2,500 artist residency at Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity)
  • Second Prize Laureate: CA$15,000
  • Third Prize Laureate: CA$10,000
  • Finalists (non-laureates): CA$3,000 (each)
  • People’s Choice Award: CA$5,000
  • Best Canadian Artist: CA$5,000
  • Sonata Award: CA$2,500
  • Best performance of the compulsory Canadian work: CA$2,000
  • Bach Award: CA$1,500

Alexander Shelley, Music Director of the National Arts Center Orchestra, makes his debut with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) at the 2019 Violin edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM).


Photo credit : Dwayne Johnson
 
“I’m delighted to be making my debut both as guest conductor at the prestigious Concours musical international de Montréal and of the renowned Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. I look forward to sharing my experience and hopefully inspiring young violinists as we collaborate with the OSM to give world-class performances.” (Photo credit: Thomas Dagg)

 

Shelley first gained widespread attention when he was unanimously awarded first prize at the 2005 Leeds Conductors’ Competition. In 2015, UK-born Shelley was named Music Director of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra and Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In August 2017, Alexander concluded his tenure as Chief Conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker, a position he held since September 2009. 

Described as “a natural communicator both on and off the podium” (Daily Telegraph), Shelley works regularly with the leading orchestras of Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, NDR Orchester Hannover, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National de Belgique, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gothenburg Symphony, Stockholm Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Milwaukee, Melbourne and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras.

ROUNDS

First Round

24 competitors will each perform a 25- to 30-minute programme with piano at Bourgie Hall. The 12 violinists who receive the highest scores from the jury will move on to the semifinal round.

Semifinal

12 semifinalists will each perform a 55- to 60-minute programme with piano at Bourgie Hall. The six (6) violinists who receive the highest scores from the jury will move on to the final round.

Final

Six (6) finalists will each perform a major concerto for violin and orchestra accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal at Maison symphonique.