Montreal International Musical Competition

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The Montreal International Musical Competition(MIMC) (French: Concours Musical International de Montréal) is a high-level musical competition for violin, piano, and voice, first established in 2002.

In keeping with the great tradition of classical music, the Competition aims to discover, reward and assist young singers, violinists and pianists who distinguish themselves through the mastery of their art. In so doing, the Competition strives to foster the emergence of the world's greatest young talents and promote their recognition and influence within the international artistic community.

The MIMC is now composed of four rounds: the preliminary round (based on audio recordings), the quarter finals, the semi-finals and the finals. The three disciplines of the Competition, voice, violin and piano, are featured on a rotating basis over a three-year cycle.

Since May 7, 2004, the Montreal International Musical Competition has been a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Created in 1957, this federation, headquartered in Geneva, represents a global network of internationally recognized musical institutions. Only those competitions that meet the Federation's high musical and organization standards are admitted to its membership.

The 2010 edition dedicated to violin will be followed in 2011 with an edition devoted to piano, and in 2012 with a voice edition.

Editions[edit]

2002[edit]

The inaugural Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Measha Brueggergosman of Canada, who also won the People's Award and the award for the best interpretation of the unpublished imposed work.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2002 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country Vocal Range
First Measha Brueggergosman Canada Canada Soprano
Second Burak Bilgili Turkey Turkey Bass
Third Joseph Kaiser Canada Canada Baritone
Fourth Mélanie Boisvert Canada Canada Soprano
Fifth Daesan No South Korea South Korea Baritone
Sixth John Matz United States United States Tenor

Special prizes[edit]

  • People's Award
    • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Joseph Kaiser (Baritone), Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award
    • Measha Brueggergosman (Soprano), Canada

2003[edit]

The second edition of the Montreal International Music Competition was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Yossif Ivanov of Belgium.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2003 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Yossif Ivanov Belgium Belgium
Second Alexis Cardenas Venezuela Venezuela
Third Matthieu Arama France France
Fourth Nicolas Koeckert Germany Germany
Fifth Oleg Kashiv Ukraine Ukraine
Sixth Julia Sakharova Russia Russia

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to Arthur LeBlanc" (People's Choice Award)
    • Alexis Cardenas, Venezuela
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Sarah Pratt, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Jean-Sébastien Roy, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award

2004[edit]

The third edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Sergei Salov of Ukraine, who also won the "Tribute to André Mathieu" award as the audience favourite.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2004 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Sergei Salov Ukraine Ukraine
Second David Fray France France
Third Daria Rabotkina Russia Russia
Fourth Spencer Myer United States United States
Fifth Natalia Zagalskaia Russia Russia
Sixth Darrett Zusko Canada Canada

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to André Mathieu" (People's Choice Award)
    • Sergei Solov, Ukraine
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Darrett Zusko, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Matthieu Fortin, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Unpublished Compulsory Work Award
    • David Fray, France

2005[edit]

The fourth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Sin Nyung Hwang of South Korea.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2005 Montreal International Musical Competition
Place Competitor Country Vocal Range
First Sin Nyung Hwang South Korea South Korea Soprano
Second Peter McGillivray Canada Canada Baritone
Third Elena Xanthoudakis Australia Australia Soprano
Fourth (ex aequo) Phillip Addis Canada Canada Baritone
Fourth (ex aequo) Anna Kasyan Armenia Armenia Soprano
Sixth Chantal Dionne Canada Canada Soprano

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to Richard Verreau" (People's Choice Award)
    • Lauren Skuce (Soprano), United States
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Peter McGillivray (Baritone), Canada
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best opera performance by a Canadian)
    • Phillip Addis (Baritone), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Phillip Addis (Baritone), Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
    • Elena Xanthoudakis (Soprano), Australia

2006[edit]

The fifth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Jinjoo Cho of South Korea.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Jinjoo Cho South Korea South Korea
Second Ye-Eun Choi South Korea South Korea
Third Marcus Tanneberger (German) Germany Germany
Fourth Corrine Chapelle United States United States
Fifth Mayuko Kamio Japan Japan
Sixth Dan Zhu China

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to Gilles Lefebvre" (People's Choice Award)
    • Jinjoo Cho, South Korea
  • CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Nikki Chooi, Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Jean-Sébastien Roy, Canada
  • Best Interpretation of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
    • Ye-Eun Choi, South Korea

2007[edit]

The sixth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Marianne Fiset of Canada.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2006 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country Vocal range
First Marianne Fiset Canada Canada Soprano
Second Steven Ebel United States United States Tenor
Third Evgenia Grekova Russia Russia Soprano
Fourth Julie Boulianne Canada Canada Mezzo-soprano
Fifth Leticia Brewer Canada Canada Soprano
Sixth Peter Barrett Canada Canada Baryton

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to Leopold Simoneau" (People's Choice Award)
    • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Jean A. Chalmers Award (Best Canadian Candidate)
    • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Poulenc French Song Award (Best French Song performance by a Candidate)
    • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Marianne Fiset (Soprano), Canada
  • Best performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
    • Susanne Ellen Kirchesch, Germany, Soprano

2008[edit]

The seventh edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Nareh Arghamanyan.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2008 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Nareh Arghamanyan Armenia Armenia
Second (ex aequo) Alexandre Moutouzkine Russia Russia
Second (ex aequo) Masataka Takada Japan Japan

Special prizes[edit]

  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
  • People’s Choice Award " Tribute to Yvonne Hubert "
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
    • Marie-Hélène Trempe
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Sergei Saratovsky (Russia/Canada)

2009[edit]

The eighth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Angela Meade.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2009 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Angela Meade United States United States
Second Andrew Garland United States United States
Third Yannick-Muriel Noah Canada Canada

Special prizes[edit]

  • "Tribute to André Turp" (People's Choice Award)
    • Angela Meade (Soprano), United States
  • Aeard for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Yannick-Muriel Noah (Soprano), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Prize (Best Candidate from Quebec)
    • Charlotte Corwin(Soprano), Canada
  • Best performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work Award
    • Andrew Garland (Baritone), United States

2010[edit]

The ninth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Benjamin Beilman.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2010 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Benjamin Beilman United States United States
Second Korbinian Altenberger Germany Germany
Third Nikita Borisoglebsky Russia Russia
Finalist Noah Bendix-Balgley United States United States
Finalist Jaeyoung Kim South Korea South Korea
Finalist Kyoko Yonemoto Japan Japan

Special prizes[edit]

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
    • Benjaimn Beilman, United States
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Nikki Chooi
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
    • Boson Mo
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
    • Nikita Borisoglebsky (Baritone), Russia

2011[edit]

The tenth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Beatrice Rana.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Beatrice Rana Italy Italy
Second Lindsay Garritson United States United States
Third Henry Kramer United States United States
Finalist Yulia Chaplina Russia Russia
Finalist Zheeyoung Moon South Korea South Korea
Finalist Jong Ho Won South Korea South Korea

Special prizes[edit]

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
    • Beatrice Rana, Italy
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
    • Beatrice Rana, Italy
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Tina Chong
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
    • Steven Massicotte

2012[edit]

The eleventh edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to voice. The Grand Prize was won by Philippe Sly.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2012 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Philippe Sly (bass baritone) Canada Canada
Second Olga Kindler (soprano) Switzerland Switzerland
Third John Brancy (baritone) United States United States
Finalist Won Whi Choi (tenor) South Korea South Korea
Finalist Emily Duncan-Brown (soprano) Canada Canada
Finalist Yuri Gorodetski (tenor) Belarus Belarus
Finalist Sidney Outlaw (baritone) United States United States
Finalist Andréanne Paquin (soprano) Canada Canada

Special prizes[edit]

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
    • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
    • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Award for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Joseph Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Quebec
    • Philippe Sly (bass baritone), Canada
  • Atma Classique Award for a CD Recording
    • Yuri Gorodetski (tenor), Belarus

2013[edit]

The twelfth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to violin. The Grand Prize was won by Marc Bouchkov.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2013 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Marc Bouchkov Belgium Belgium
Second Steven Waarts United States United States
Third Zeyu Victor Li China China
Finalist Chi Li Taiwan Taiwan
Finalist Ji Young Lim South Korea South Korea
Finalist Fédor Roudine France France

Special prizes[edit]

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
    • Stephen Waarts, United States
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
    • Luke Hsu, United States
  • Wilder & Davis Award for the best semi-final recital
    • Marc Bouchkov, Belgium

2014[edit]

The thirteenth edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition was dedicated to piano. The Grand Prize was won by Jayson Gillham.

Laureates[edit]

Laureates of the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition
Rank Competitor Country
First Jayson Gillham Australia Australia United Kingdom United Kingdom
Second Charles Richard-Hamelin Canada Canada
Third Annika Treutler Germany Germany
Finalist Kate Liu United States United States
Finalist Xiaoyu Liu Canada Canada
Finalist Alexander Ullman United Kingdom United Kingdom

Special prizes[edit]

  • Radio-Canada People's Choice Award
    • Jayson Gillham, Australia/United Kingdom
  • Award for the Best Performance of the Compulsory Canadian Work
    • Jayson Gillham, Australia/United Kingdom
  • André Bourbeau Award for the Best Canadian Artist
    • Charles Richard Hamelin

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