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THE SCOOP | Montreal International Music Competition Crowns Winner

By Michael Vincent on May 14, 2021

South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim, winner of CMIM Piano 2021
South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim, winner of CMIM Piano 2021

The 19th annual Montreal International Music Competition has awarded South Korean pianist Su Yeon Kim first prize.

Kim will receive a $30,000 scholarship from City of Montreal, a three-city tour in the US, a concert with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and an album release on the Steinway & Sons label.

Kim also won the $50,000 Joseph-Rouleau Career Grant, for a grand total $180,000 in prizes.

The second prize ($15,000) was awarded to Yoichiro Chiba of Japan, and the third prize ($10,000) went to French pianist Dimitri Malignan. The ICI Musique Audience Prize ($5,000) and the Montreal Bach Festival Prize ($1,500) were also awarded to Malignan.

The André-Bourbeau Prize for the best Canadian artist ($5,000) and the André-Bachand prize for the best interpretation of a compulsory Canadian work ($2,000) went to Alice Burla, the sole Canadian pianist who made the finals.

The Bita-Catelan Philanthropic Prize of $ 5,000, was awarded to the American pianist Anna Han, who did not make it to the final.

All unranked finalists walk away with a $3,000 cash prize.

A total of $235,000 was awarded in prizes and scholarships.

Congrats to all the winners!

The CMIM recitals will remain available to watch online until next year’s edition.

With contributions by Caroline Rodgers.


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