Canadian competition offers top prize worth over CA$100k, combining cash, career development grant, instrument and engagements


The Concours musical international de Montréal has selected 24 candidates for its live rounds which run from 29 May to 5 June in the city’s Bourgie Hall and Maison symphonique.

They are:

  • Zachary Brandon (US)
  • Elina Buksha (Latvia)
  • Stella Chen (US)
  • Elli Choi (US)
  • Maria Dueñas (Spain)
  • Leonard Fu (Germany)
  • Stephen Kim (US)
  • Gyehee Kim (South Korea)
  • William Lee (US)
  • Youjin Lee (South Korea)
  • Anna Lee (US/South Korea)
  • Lun Li (China)
  • Hyun Jae Lim (South Korea)
  • Michiru Matsuyama (Japan)
  • Fumika Mohri (Japan/Germany)
  • Daichi Nakamura (Japan/Austria)
  • Yukari Ohno (Japan)
  • Fedor Rudin (France/Russia)
  • Olga Šroubková (Czech Republic)
  • Hannah Tarley (US)
  • Coco Tomita (Japan)
  • Jinyoung Yoon (South Korea)
  • Vasyl Zatsikha (Ukraine)
  • Hao Zhou (US)

The first prize laureate wins CA$30,000 cash, $50,000 career development grant, a new instrument, plus a residency at the Banff Centre. Second and third prize win CA$15,000 and $10,000 respectively, and there are a number of special awards.

A number of the candidates have placed highly in previous competitions, including Olga ŠroubkováFedor RudinMaria DueñasZachary BrandonYoujin Lee, Anna Lee, and Elli Choi.

The international jury which comprises: Pierre Amoyal, Michael Haefliger, Kim Kashkashian, Boris Kuschnir, Cho-Liang Lin, Mihaela Martin, Barry Shiffman, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and Pavel Vernikov. Zarin Mehta, former director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and New York Philharmonic, is jury president.