The final exciting stage of the 53rd Canadian Music Competition (CMC) is now underway in Montréal. Over the past 3 months, 579 young Canadian musicians from 8 provinces took part in the regional and provincial rounds of the competition and of this number, 218 have advanced to compete at the National Final. The National Final having started on June 20, will continue until July 4, at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and at Église St-Jean-Baptiste. The general public is cordially invited to these free sessions and support the participants. The final results will be announced on July 5, and the winners’ gala concert will follow on July 14, at 7:30PM, at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau as part of the Concerts populaires de Montréal series. This year’s gala will feature the CMC winners with Orchestre Métropolitain and guest conductor Alain Trudel, who is also the 2011 CMC Artistic Ambassador. Some of the winners will appear again on July 18 and 21, with Orchestre Métropolitain, at Théâtre de Verdure of Parc La Fontaine and at Parc du Millénaire in Dorval, respectively.
The judges for the 2011 National Final are pianists Lisa Yui and Kent McWilliams, tenor Blaine Hendsbee, violinist Adel Armin, and woodwind player Abe Kestenberg.
Prizes and scholarships…
The CMC awards four Grand Prizes, in each of the four age groups, all instrument categories combined:
- Grand Prize — 19 to 30 years
- Grand Prize — 15 to 18 years
- Grand Prize — 11 to 14 years
- Grand Prize — 7 to 10 years
The talent and hard work of many other young musicians are also rewarded through the allocation of a number of scholarships spread over the same age categories. In total, over $100,000 is awarded annually. Thank you to all the CMC Chapters and concert organizers across Canada for providing performance opportunities to CMC participants and alumni.
Thank you to our partners: