Arts and Culture

Canadian Music Competition

Winners of the Competition.

Photo: Marie-Andrée Blais

Tristan Longval-Gagné, pianist / 2nd at the Stepping Stone.

Photo: Antoine Saito

The winners, the team and the dignitaries of the CMC.

Photo: Marie-Andrée Blais

Pianists: Linda Ruan and Charissa Vandikas; conductor of the Orchestre de la Francophonie: Nicolas Ellis. Grand Prize of the 19-30 years old.

Photo: Marie-Andrée Blais

Soprano Lyne Fortin, ambassador of the 60th Anniversary and former winner of the Canadian Music Competition.

Photo: Antoine Saito

60th Anniversary celebrations launched in Montréal.

Photo: Antoine Saito

Creating a Rich Legacy of Classical Music Performance in Canada

Created in Montréal in 1958, the Canadian Music Competition (CMC) fosters performance excellence among talented classical musicians throughout the country. Every year, more than 550 young Canadians participate in the CMC’s National Annual Competition, intended for musicians aged 7 to 30 years, and in the Stepping Stone Competition, restricted to 16- to 28-year olds (31 years for voice contestants).

Past winners of the competitions include a virtual ‘who’s who’ of Canadian classical musicians who have gone on to build national and international careers.

The Canadian Music Competition has for many years ensured a rich legacy for classical music performance in Canada. The competitions provide a unique showcase for emerging talent across the country and the scholarship program managed by the CMC has expanded the horizons and technical capabilities of hundreds of musicians over the years.

For more than 25 years, Power has supported the CMC and its efforts to promote musical excellence among the youth.

The CMC opened my eyes to the world of music, and to the whole community, showing me that music brings people together, with a real spirit of camaraderie.
Kerson Leong
Winner of CMC



in music scholarships are awarded every year


young people participate in the competition annually


See the video from the Canadian Music Competition.