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Canadian Music Competition 2010: Starting this Thursday!

The 52nd Canadian Music Competition begins this Thursday, April 1, 2020, with the first round in Sherbrooke, at the Salle Serge-Garant of the École de musique de l’Université de Sherbrooke. From then until May 21, 2010, 16 other Canadian cities will welcome these regional rounds of the CMC, followed soon after by the Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Québec Provincial Finals.

The National Finals will take place from June 21 to July 3, 2010 at the Alberta College Conservatory of Music’s Muttart Hall in Edmonton; the Gala Concert, featuring winners of the 2010 CMC accompanied by a symphony orchestra, will be presented on July 5, 2010, at Convocation Hall, University of Alberta, also in Edmonton.

A Few Figures…

In 2010, the CMC National Office received a total of 553 registrations, 323 female and 230 male, between the ages of 5 and 30. This breaks down to 235 participants in Québec, 156 in Ontario, 74 in Alberta, 44 in British Columbia, 22 in Manitoba, 15 in Nova Scotia, and 7 in Saskatchewan.

Worth noting also is that the CMC is open to just about any classical instrument. The 2010 edition will include twelve categories: piano, strings, winds, voice, organ, guitar, recorder, harp, harpsichord, keyboard percussion, piano 4 hands/duo-piano, and chamber music.

The Judges

The judges for the 2010 regional and provincial rounds will be the following: flutist Francis Colpron, tenor Darryl Edwards, flutist Susan Hoeppner, cellist Katerina Juraskova, pianist Jean-François Latour, baritone Grégoire Legendre, percussionist Carol Lemieux, pianist David Louie, guitarist Ian Murphy, pianist Maneli Pirzadeh, violinist Jean-Sébastien Roy, and flutist Jean-Philippe Tanguay.

Pianist Jean-François Latour, who previously won 6 CMC First Prizes, remarks:

The Canadian Music Competition is of the utmost importance to the development of this country’s young musicians. Having myself participated many times while still studying, I can attest to the impact it has had on the evolution of my own career. As such, I am particularly proud to be a part of the jury for the 2010 edition, and to travel the country in search of new talent. We need to encourage excellence, be it in sports or in the arts; the CMC contributes to this in a remarkable way!”

The judges for the National Final and the Stepping Stone competition will be announced at a later date.

Stepping Stone

Organised in parallel with the CMC, the 2010 Stepping Stone competition will take place in Sherbrooke, from June 6 to 15, 2010, and will welcome some 50 young musicians from the four corners of the country. Made up of four steps (audio pre-selection, first elimination, Semi-Final, and Final), it allows some of Canada’s brightest young musicians to participate in a national competition at a very high level, and to measure themselves against international competition standards. Over the years, the Stepping Stone has given the public a chance to discover upcoming musical talents, some of whom have gone on to become major players on the national and international music scenes; the names of such artists as Louis Lortie, Chantal Juillet, Marc-André Hamelin, and Martin Beaver come to mind, among others.

Winners of the 2010 Stepping Stone will share in over $30,000.00 in scholarships and other prizes.

The CMC National Office would like to offer its sincere thanks to all the volunteers from the various Chapters in seven provinces. Sincere thanks, also, to Yamaha Canada for their contribution to the artistic success of the CMC.

  • More detail regarding the schedule of the different segments of the 2010 Canadian Music Competition and Stepping Stone

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Source: Martin Boucher Communications — 514-464-6719,

News posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010