A very eventful year for Montréal pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, Second Prize winner at the 2010 CMC Stepping Stone and laureate of the CMC National competitions. Charles just won the 2011 Prix d’Europe Competition’s Grand Prize of $25,000. Last month, he also won First Prize at the 2011 Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s National Piano Competition, and he will have the opportunity to perform Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2012/13 season.
This past May, 12 year old pianist Anastasia Rizikov from Oakville, a frequent CMC National Finalist and 1st Prize winner in her category, won 1st Place in the Concurso International de Piano Rotary in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, becoming the youngest winner in the history of this prestigious competition.
Banff pianist Tina Chong, First Prize winner of the 2010 CMC Stepping Stone, won the award for Best Canadian Artist at the 2011 Montreal International Musical Competition. Also at this competition, the Joseph-Rouleau Award for the Best Artist from Québec went to Trois-Rivières native and CMC alumnus Steven Massicotte.