May 27 to June 5, 2019
In 2019, the CMIM will hold its sixth edition dedicated to Violin. 

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: 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.

Official pianists

The CMIM will retain the services of three professional pianists to accompany Violin 2019 competitors for the recital rounds at Bourgie Hall, namely Philip Chiu, Chiharu Iinuma, and Dina Vainshtein.

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

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.