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Claire Jackson

President and co-founder of the Montreal International Music Competition dies

10:32, 28th March 2018

André Bourbeau, president and co-founder of the Montreal International Music Competition (Concours musical international de Montréal, CMIM) has died. Bourbeau created the event together with his colleague Joseph Rouleau, and was president of the CMIM, its foundation and its international jury from the competition’s inception in 2002.

The CMIM is well respected within the competition circuit: it is unusual in that it is an annual event and covers three disciplines (voice, piano, violin) in a three-year rotation. Since its first edition, it has attracted 3,350 applicants – 450 have performed in Montreal.

B-Rana1127 © Gunther GamperThe event has provided a platform for some of the industry’s most notable emerging performers. This writer was lucky enough to attend the 2011 instalment that saw pianist Beatrice Rana (pictured) take first prize. Her performance of Tchaikovsky’s concerto No 1 catapulted Rana on to the world stage, and the 25 year old has since enjoyed sustained success.

Rouleau has written a heartfelt message to his friend, which is shared below:

Dear André,
You’re gone now. The tears streaming down my cheeks do nothing to lessen the sorrow I am feeling. As a man and as an artist, the twenty-five years we shared as great friends will remain indelibly etched in my heart.
It is quite hard to find the right words to express my full appreciation… Thank you.
On behalf of our colleagues at the JMC foundation, its board, and the entire administrative team, thank you.
On behalf of the board members of the CMIM, its foundation, and its team, thank you.
On behalf of our friends in Toronto, thank you.
All of your colleagues, as well as Renée and I, extend our condolences to Mireille, Eric, Sophie, Pascale, the grandchildren, and the entire Bourbeau family.
My dearest friend, you fought fiercely against this vicious disease―bravo. But in the end, fate took over. You will remain by my side for a long time, despite your prolonged absence. It is the end of an era.
Goodbye, farewell, adieu.

This year’s CMIM Voice edition takes place from 29 May to 7 June

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