The management of the Canadian Music Competition — Canimex (CMC) is pleased to announce the candidates of this year’s Stepping Stone to be held from June 12 to 20 at the Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville.
Twenty-eight young musicians aged 16 to 28 from five Canadian provinces (Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Manitoba) will take part in the competition.
The results announcement will take place on June 20, and the recipient of the First Prize offered by Canimex Group will perform at the winners’ Gala Concert on July 5 at 7:00 pm at the Salle Léo-Paul-Therrien of the Maison des arts Desjardins accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville (OSD), under the baton of Julien Proulx. With the Stepping Stone, the CMC gives the opportunity to Canada’s finest musicians to perform in a context similar to that of large international competitions.
The CMC will award three main prizes: the First Prize of $10,000 (Canimex Group), the Second Prize of $5,000 offered by UL Mutual, and the Third Prize of $2,500 offered by Pianos Bolduc Montréal. A $1,000 prize is also granted for the best performance of the compulsory Canadian work. All other finalists will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each, one of which will be offered by Canadian Tire of Drummondville.
Through the Canada Council for the Arts’ Commissioning of Canadian Compositions program, the CMC is renewing its tradition of including in the repertoire requirements one newly composed Canadian work. This year candidates will perform an original work by Canadian composer Simon Bertrand. Seven (7) solo works of 5 minutes each have been composed for the following instrument categories: voice, clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone, violin and cello.
The adjudicators for this 2016 Stepping Stone are flutist and conductor Christian Delafontaine (Swiss), violinist Laurence Kayaleh (Canada), pianist and music director (opera program) JoAnn Kulesza (USA), pianist Roger Lord (Canada), and pianist and impresario Andrew J. Kwan (Canada).
“I believe the CMC is the best way for young Canadians to evolve in their musical education and to get known across the country. They draw attention to themselves and can get onto the professional chessboard, especially if they manage to stand out in the ultimate stage, the Stepping Stone”, pianist Anne-Marie Dubois said.
In parallel with the Stepping Stone, the CMC National Final will take place from June 18 to July 3, also at the Maison des arts Desjardins Drummondville. The winners of this segment of the CMC will also be featured at the July 5 Gala Concert with the OSD.
The CMC warmly thanks the Canimex Group, its main sponsor for this 2016 edition and partner since more than 40 years. “The Canadian Music Competition — Canimex stands as a key element in Canada’s heritage. We are very happy that Drummondville, the city in which our organization came to be and developed, since 1969, will be hosting such a prestigious musical gathering”, noted Roger Dubois, the company’s president.