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Eight Finalists Representing Six Countries Advance to the Finals of the Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) Piano Edition

April 30, 2021 | By Rebecca Davis
Rebecca Davis PR / Bucklesweet Media

Eight Finalists Representing Six Countries Advance to the Finals of the 2021 Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) Piano Edition

Pianists from Canada, Italy, China, France, South Korea and Japan will compete for over $235,000 in prizes in the virtual finals. The one-hour recital performances will be streamed free to the public May 10-13, 2021


MONTRÉAL, QC – April 30, 2021 2:15 ET p.m. – Concours Musical International de Montréal (CMIM) has announced the names of the eight pianists who will participate in the Final Round of its 19th edition.

The international jury of nine, presided over by Mr. Zarin Mehta, met remotely to identify the eight outstanding competitors. The jury, spread over three continents, includes Arnaldo Cohen (United States), Martin Engstroem (Sweden), Till Fellner (Austria), Mari Kodama (Japan), Hélène Mercier (Canada), Costa Pilavachi (Canada), Charles Richard-Hamelin (Canada), Rena Shereshevskaya (Russia) and Susan Wadsworth (United States).

The eight finalists will return to the concert hall to record a second, one-hour recital in hopes of winning the top prize valued at over $180,000 including a concerto performance with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and a solo album recording on the Steinway & Sons label. The finals will be broadcast at from May 10-13 (full schedule below). Among their selections, each participant must perform one work by J.S. Bach in the semi-finals and finals and three of Twenty-four Preludes by Juno Award-winning Canadian composer John Burge.

CMIM Finalists

Finalists (Top Left to Right): Alice Burla, Chaeyoung Park, Dimitri Malignan, Francesco Granata, Su Yeon Kim, Marcel Tadokoro, Ying Li and Yoichiro Chiba

Final Round Performance Schedule

(May 10, 10am ET) Alice Burla – Canada

(May 10, 11am ET) Marcel Tadokoro - France

(May 11, 10am ET) Su Yeon Kim - South Korea

(May 11, 11am ET) Chaeyoung Park - South Korea

(May 12, 10am ET) Yoichiro Chiba – Japan

(May 12, 11am ET) Ying Li - China

(May 13, 10am ET) Dimitri Malignan - France

(May 13, 11am ET) Francesco Granata - Italy


More information on the 2021 competitors and program information can be found HERE.

The CMIM website - - remains the central point for all live or replayed webcast of the events.

Content includes:

  • Final Round recitals presented from May 10 to 13;
  • Profiles of the competitors and their programs;
  • Full list of the prizes and grants offered to laureates and winners of special prizes valued at over $ 235,000;
  • An invitation to attend the closing ceremony which will take place on May 14 at 2 p.m. ET
  • Archives of all semi-finalist's recitals;
  • The work of Canadian composer John Burge, which all competitors will be playing in the Final Round prepare to perform (namely, three of the Twenty-four Preludes).

…And much more.

The Montreal International Musical Competition has never been so international.

About the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM)

Founded in 2001, the CMIM is an annual event whose attendance numbers have grown significantly this year thanks to virtual listening, free content and accessibility to recitals. This is a sigh of relief for the young pianists who need the public so much to continue their development and launch their careers.

The CMIM aims to discover and help young singers, violinists and pianists who distinguish themselves by the mastery of their art. Since the first edition devoted to singing in 2002, nearly 4,000 candidates have registered for the Competition and no less than 500 have been welcomed to Montreal, to the delight of music lovers. CMIM has several notable laureates, including Measha Brueggergosman, Philippe Sly, Benjamin Beilman, Beatrice Rana, Angela Meade and Charles Richard-Hamelin.
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