I am often asked about the very first time I performed in public. I always answer that it was when I was nine years old, when I first took part in the Quebec Music Festivals, which, as we all know, went on to become the Canadian Music Competition. Those who, like me, participated in this annual event, attached a great importance to it, not only because of the competition aspect itself, which drove us to do all that we could in order to distinguish ourselves - indeed, to go beyond our capabilities - but also because it provided an occasion to perform before a good audience, something that was rather rare during our training in music schools. I myself took part for twelve years, and I still remember the extent to which this competition represented the culmination of the school year; it was truly the thing that most encouraged me to work.
The Canadian Music Competition is of the utmost importance to our country’s musical life; it gives us the opportunity to discover the abundance of talent among young Canadians. Let us offer the CMC our greatest and warmest thanks; with my deepest gratitude, I wish it a very long life!