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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Montreal International Musical Competition – Piano 2014: Candidates, programming and activities

Montreal, April 29, 2014  — Twenty-four young pianists—among the world’s finest—will take part in the 13th edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition (MIMC), from May 26 to June 6. 11 women and 13 men from 14 different countries, and with an average age of 23, have been selected to participate.

The Quarter Final round (from May 26 to 28) and the Semi-Final round (May 30 and 31) will take place in Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Final round (June 3 and 4) and the gala concert featuring the winners (June 6) will take place at the Maison symphonique de Montréal, with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero, who makes his Montreal debut. It is worth recalling that Jean-Luc Mongrain, a prominent personality on the Quebec media scene for over 30 years, is the spokesperson for this edition of the Competition.

Preceding the MIMC on May 20 will be the first edition of a competitive round for the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize, taking place in Tanna Schulich Hall at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. With this new prize, the MIMC is seeking to reward a pianist who strives to restore the glory of improvisation in classical music. In the evening, pianist and improviser Gabriela Montero will give a recital based on suggestions from the audience, in Pollack Hall.

The discovery and development of talented young musicians is a core part of the MIMC’s mandate. To that end, “An Exceptional Duo,” made up of 14 year-old pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard and his mentor, renowned jazz pianist Oliver Jones, will be joining forces for the first time on the stage of the Maison symphonique de Montréal, on June 2 at 7:30 pm. All profits from this classical- and jazz-inspired benefit concert will go to the MIMC Foundation.

Free activities complementing the competition will also be open to the public. Pianist Michel Béroff—a member of the MIMC’s international jury—will be giving a master class on May 29 at 2:30 pm in Bourgie Hall. Pianist Bruno Fontaine—member of the international jury for the Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize—will hold an improvisation workshop on May 21 at 2 pm in Tanna Schulich Hall.

Certain rounds of the Competition will also be available on various broadcast platforms. Radio-Canada will air several special programs, in addition to covering the Semi-Final round and broadcasting the Final round live on ICI Musique, the MIMC’s official broadcaster, and on
ici.musique.ca/cmim. CBC Radio One and Radio 2 will also be covering the Competition in their programs and on cbcmusic.ca/mimc. The Final round will be heard in several countries around the world through Radio-Canada’s association with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize and Gabriela Montero’s concert will be broadcast live on medici.tv and available internationally for on demand listening for three months.

For complete details, please visit the Competition’s website at  www.concoursmontreal.ca. It’s a date… for all piano fans!


MIMC, PIANO 2014 EDITION / MAY 26 − JUNE 6
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+ THE 24 CANDIDATES
ALGERIA
Mr. Mehdi Ghazi

GERMANY
Ms. Annika Treutler

AUSTRALIA /
UNITED KINGDOM

Mr. Jayson Gillham

CANADA
Mr. Xiaoyu Liu
Ms. Michelle Nam
Mr. Charles Richard-Hamelin
Mr. Scott MacIsaac

CHINA
Mr. Beiyao Ji
Ms. Chenna Lu
SOUTH KOREA
Mr. Chi Ho Han
Ms. Hayoung Jeong
Mr. Jaeyeon Won

UNITED STATES
Ms. Sara Daneshpour
Ms. Kate Liu

FRANCE
Mr. Ismaël Margain

GREECE /
VENEZUELA

Ms. Alexia Mouza

HUNGARY
Mr. Márton Takáts
ITALY
Ms. Maddalena Giacopuzzi
Ms. Viviana Pia Lasaracina
Mr. Giuseppe Mentuccia

UNITED KINGDOM
Mr. Alexander Ullman

RUSSIA
Mr. Nikita Abrosimov
Mr. Vladislav Pautov
Ms. Nadezhda Pisareva

+ THE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY: Mr. Michel Béroff (France), Mr. Daniel Blumenthal (United States), Mr. Hung-Kuan Chen (Taiwan), Mr. Abdel Rahman El Bacha (France/Lebanon), Ms.Janina Fialkowska (Canada), Ms.Blanca Uribe (Colombia) and Ms. Zhu Xiao-Mei (China).
President of the jury: Mr. André Bourbeau
+ WHERE AND WHEN TO HEAR THE CANDIDATES
QUARTER FINALS
MAY 26-27-28
, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Bourgie Concert Hall
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Per session: $15  /
$11.25 student, 60+

SEMI-FINALS
May 30 & 31
, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Bourgie Concert Hall
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Per session: $20 /
$15 student, 60+
FINALS
JUNE 3 & 4
, 7:30 p.m.
Maison symphonique de Montréal
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Guest Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
$45, $32, $21 /
$22.50, $16, $10.50 student, 60+

GALA CONCERT
JUNE 6
, 7:30 p.m.
Maison symphonique de Montréal
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
Guest Conductor: Giancarlo Guerrero
$45, $32, $21 /
$22.50, $16, $10.50 student, 60+

+ INFORMATION AND BOX OFFICE

Tickets and passports for the quarter-final and semi-final rounds are available at the Bourgie Concert Hall box office: https://ebillet.mbam.qc.ca  / 514 285-2000, option 4

Tickets for the final round and the Gala concert of the laureates are available at the Place des arts box office: www.laplacedesarts.com / 514-842-2112 | 1 866-842-2112.

Packages are available. Prices may vary depending on service charges.
RICHARD LUPIEN IMPROVISATION PRIZE / MAY 20
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+ THE 6 CANDIDATES
UNITED STATES
Mr. Tae Kim

ISRAEL
Mr. Noam Sivan
Mr. Yoni Levyatov
FRANCE / ISRAEL
Mr. Avishai Darash

ITALY / ISRAEL
Mr. Yakir Arbib
UKRAINE
Mr. Serhiy Salov





+ THE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL JURY: President of the jury and voting member: Mr. François Dompierre (Canada), Mr. Bruno Fontaine (France) and Ms. Gabriela Montero (United States).+ WHERE AND WHEN TO HEAR THE CANDIDATES / FREE

MAY 20, 1 p.m.
Tanna Schulich Hall
Schulich School of Music of McGill University
555 Sherbrooke St. W.
Free entrance
SPECIAL CONCERTS / MAY 20 & JUNE 2
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+ GABRIELA MONTERO, « THE QUEEN OF PIANO IMPROV »

“The Queen of Improvisation” (The Associated Press), Gabriela Montero leads a magnificent international career, appearing in the world’s greatest performance halls, often with a program made up entirely of on-the-spot improvisations based on audience suggestions. This is exactly what she promises us here in Montreal.

MAY 20, 8 p.m.
Pollack Hall, Schulich School of Music of McGill University
555 Sherbrooke St. W.
Tickets: 514-398-4547 (Monday to Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.)
$25-$35 (regular price, service charges not included)
+ OLIVER JONES & DANIEL CLARKE BOUCHARD, « AN EXCEPTIONAL DUO »

A concert benefitting the MIMC Foundation, and bringing together 14-year-old pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard and his mentor, renowned jazz pianist Oliver Jones, “An Exceptional Duo” will offer the audience a musical program reflecting the interests of both musicians, who will take turns performing classical and jazz pieces, bringing their two worlds together for a few numbers. Bassist Éric Lagacé and drummer Jim Doxas, two well-known musicians on the Montreal jazz scene, will also be part of the concert.

JUNE 2, 7:30 p.m.
Maison symphonique de Montréal
Place des Arts, 1600, St-Urbain Street
Tickets: www.laplacedesarts.com | 514-842-2112 | 1 866-842-2112
$50, $40, $30 /
$37.50, $30, $22,50 student, 60+

Prices may vary depending on service charges.
FREE ACTIVITIES / MAY 21 & 29
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+ IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP

MAY 21, 2 p.m.
With pianist Bruno Fontaine
Tanna Schulich Hall
Schulich School of Music of McGill University
555 Sherbrooke St. W.
Free entrance
+ MASTERCLASS

MAY 29, 2:30 p.m.
With pianist Michel Béroff
Bourgie Concert Hall
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
1339 Sherbrooke St. W.
Free entrance








COVERAGE & SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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+ ON-AIR

ICI MUSIQUE / 100.7 FM in Montréal
Sunday, May 18, noon / Les détours de Dompierre: A conversation between improviser Bruno Fontaine
and host François Dompierre. Live performance.
Monday, June 2, 8 p.m. / Le Printemps des musiciens: Highlights from the Semi-Final round.
Tuesday, June 3 & Wednesday, June 4, 7:30 p.m. / Soirées classiques: Live broadcast of the Final round.

CBC RADIO 2 / 93.5 FM in Montréal
Sunday, June 8, 11 a.m. / In Concert: Full Competition highlights.
+ ONLINE

icimusique.ca/cmim
Semi-Final round live:  May 30 and May 31, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Final round live: June 3 and June 4, from 7:30 p.m.
Chat with hosts Françoise Davoine and Mario Paquet: #CMIM2014

cbcmusic.ca/mimc
From May 26 to June 4 / Day-to-day coverage of the MIMC, including live streaming and on demand listening.

Streaming of Semi-Finals and Finals will be available on icimusique.ca/cmim and cbcmusic.ca/mimc for listening on demand for one year.
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The Montreal International Musical Competition seeks to discover and support young singers, violinists, and pianists who have distinguished themselves as masters of their art. Since its first edition dedicated to voice in 2002, 2,300 candidates have applied to take part in the competition, with 350 given the opportunity to perform in Montreal, to the great delight of music lovers. Presented by Hydro-Québec, the MIMC is proud to count on the support of such major arts partners as Radio-Canada and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.

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