Canada pitches in with six-digit violin contest

Canada pitches in with six-digit violin contest


norman lebrecht

August 15, 2018

The prizes keep increasing, but are they delivering the talent?

Press release:
Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) officials are proud to announce that Violin 2019’s First Prize is valued at over CA$100,000. This is an all-time high for a First Prize at the CMIM, increasing from $80,000 to $102,500 thanks to the generosity of valued partners Ville de Montréal, Azrieli Foundation, Makers’ Forum, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
The First Prize package includes :
$30,000 in cash offered by the Ville de Montréal
$50,000 Joseph Rouleau Career Development Grant offered by the Azrieli Foundation
$20,000 instrument crafted by a team of Quebec’s finest violin and bow makers offered by the Makers’ Forum
$2,500 residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity


  • Jon Eiche says:

    The “six-digit” headline brought to mind the story of the enraptured fan speaking to a famed violinist:

    SHE: Maestro, I’m amazed at what you can do with only the five fingers of your left hand.

    HE: Actually, I use only four.

    SHE: Of course; I meant to say the five strings of the violin.