First Round

May 29 & 30
Bourgie Hall

Semifinals

June 1 & 2
Bourgie Hall

Finals

June 4 & 5
Maison symphonique
with Orchestre symphonique
de Montréal

 

 

COMPETITORS

Zachary Brandon
Zachary Brandon
United States
Elina Buksha
Elina Buksha
Latvia
Stella Chen
Stella Chen
United States
Elli Choi
Elli Choi
United States
Maria Dueñas
Maria Dueñas
Spain
Leonard Fu
Leonard Fu
Germany
Stephen Kim
Stephen Kim
United States
Gyehee Kim
Gyehee Kim
South Korea
William Lee
William Lee
United States
Youjin Lee
Youjin Lee
South Korea
Anna Lee
Anna Lee
United States/South Korea
Lun Li
Lun Li
China
Hyun Jae Lim
Hyun Jae Lim
South Korea
Michiru Matsuyama
Michiru Matsuyama
Japan
Fumika Mohri
Fumika Mohri
Japan/Germany
Daichi Nakamura
Daichi Nakamura
Japan/Austria
Yukari Ohno
Yukari Ohno
Japan
Johanna Pichlmair
Johanna Pichlmair
Austria
Olga Šroubková
Olga Šroubková
Czech republic
Hannah Tarley
Hannah Tarley
United States
Coco Tomita
Coco Tomita
Japan
Jinyoung Yoon
Jinyoung Yoon
South Korea
Vasyl Zatsikha
Vasyl Zatsikha
Ukraine
Hao Zhou
Hao Zhou
United States

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
Pavel VERNIKOV
Pavel VERNIKOV
Israel/Switzerland

PRIZES & AWARDS

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

 

First Prize Laureate: value of $102,500
$30,000 cash from the City of Montreal; $50,000 Joseph-Rouleau career development grant awarded by the Azrieli Foundation;
$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
Concert Engagement from the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy

Second Prize Laureate
$15,000 awarded by Québecor

Third Prize Laureate
$10,000 awarded by Stingray Classica

Finalists (non-laureates)
$3,000 each

Ici Musique Audience Prize
$5,000

Sonata Award
$2,500 awarded by Wilder & Davis

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

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

*all prizes are in Canadian currency

ALEXANDER SHELLEY

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).

“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.” 

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.

 


Photo credit : Dwayne Johnson

OFFICIAL PIANISTS

These professional pianists will accompany Violin 2019 competitors for the first round and semifinal round at Bourgie Hall.

Philip Chiu

Philip Chiu

Recognized as one of Canada’s most versatile pianists, soloist and chamber musician Philip Chiu regularly appears with leading musicians of the world stage such as James Ehnes, Raphael Wallfisch and Regis Pasquier. Equally passionate about elevating the standard and art of collaborative piano, Chiu is the creator and director of the Collaborative Piano Program at the Domaine Forget International Festival and Academy. He has recorded for Warner Music, ATMA, Analekta, and CBC Music and be heard on BBC Radio 3, Australia’s ABC Radio, ICI Musique, and Radio-Canada.
philipchiu.ca

Chiharu Iinuma

Chiharu Iinuma

Japanese-born Chiharu Iinuma is a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician, performing regularly with many of today’s leading artists. She is on the faculty at the Domaine Forget International Music Festival and Academy where she plays for the string program and teaches the Collaborative Piano Program. Chiharu has recorded the violin sonatas of Grieg, Mendelssohn and Respighi with David Gillham, and the Brahms sonatas for piano and violin with Christoph Schickedanz for Centaur Records. She is currently on a project for recording the complete sonatas of Beethoven and Mozart (with David Gillham). 
www.chiharuiinuma.com

Dina Vainshtein

Dina Vainshtein

Russian-born pianist Dina Vainshtein has degrees from the Gnesins’ Institute of Music in Moscow, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. Vainshtein received a Special Prize for Best Collaboration at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1998). She has performed at prestigious venues around the world and her recording with violinist Frank Huang received critical acclaim. Vainshtein is a collaborative pianist at the Walnut Hill School and the New England Conservatory.

 

 

ROUNDS

First Round

May 29 & 30
Bourgie Hall

Semifinals

June 1 & 2
Bourgie Hall

Finals

June 4 & 5
Maison symphonique
with Orchestre symphonique
de Montréal