Montreal International Recorder Competition
from September 17th to 20th 2009
In conjunction with the Eighth Montreal Recorder Festival 2009
This international competition is aimed at recorder players from all countries. It is
an opportunity for players who wish to develop a professional career and who
wish to become soloists. Particular attention will be paid to the originality of the
programme and to distinctive creative elements, such as improvisation,
arrangement and/or composition.
This competition consists of three stages: pre-selection, semi-final and final.
Each candidate must submit a completed registration form accompanied by a
recording on CD or mini-disc (no cassettes). The recordings will be evaluated by
members of the jury, who will select the semi-finalists. The recording must not
have undergone studio editing and must clearly demonstrate the artistic profile of
• A work or excerpt of music from before 1700
• A work or excerpt from a piece from between 1700 and 1750
• A work or excerpt from a piece from the 20th or 21st century - a composition or
improvisation by the candidate may be substituted.
The repertoire presented for pre-selection may also be used for both the semi-final
The selected candidates must present a concert programme not exceeding 30
minutes on Thursday September 17, 2009.
• Compulsory contemporary work by Quebec composer Patrick Mathieu (available for downloading here).
• A piece or excerpts of pieces from at least two musical eras, for solo recorder or
Accompanist: upon request, a harpsichord accompanist can be provided by the
Competition’s organizing committee. Accompaniment for modern music must be
organized by the candidate.
Venue of the Semi-final:
The concert hall of the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada House
305 Mont-Royal Ave East, Montreal, Quebec
The final consists of a 30 minute concert held on Sunday September 20, 2009. The
final’s programme is entirely left to the candidate, but must be no longer than 30
minutes. Creative aspect and artistic coherence will prevail in the jury’s decision.
Improvisation, arrangement and/or composition are criteria to be considered in
creating an original musical programme.
Venue of the Final:
Tanna Schulich Hall, McGill University
555 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec
Drora Bruck (Israel), Lisette Kielson (United States), Matthias Maute (Canada),
Natalie Michaud (Canada) and Maurice Steger (Switzerland)
The jury’s decision will be final and cannot be appealed. The jury reserves the right
not to award all of the available prizes.