Twenty-seven-year-old pianist Jayson Gillham (Australia/United Kingdom) has won first prize at the 2014 Montreal International Musical Competition following his performance of Beethoven's Concerto No. 4, Op. 58 in G Major with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under the direction of guest conductor Giancarlo Guerrero.
Gillham will be awarded a cash prize of $30,000 for his first place finish.
Gillham also won the $5,000 prize for best performance of the compulsory Canadian work, announced last week following the quarter-final round.
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The $15,000 second prize was given to Canadian pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin, 24 years old from Montreal.
Richard-Hamelin also takes home the $5,000 prize for best Canadian artist in the competition.
The $10,000 third prize went to the 24-year-old German pianist Annika Treutler.
Winners were chosen by a distinguished international jury comprised of Michel Béroff (France), Daniel Blumenthal (United States), Hung-Kuan Chen (Taiwan), Abdel Rahman El Bacha (France/Lebanon), Janina Fialkowska (Canada), Blanca Uribe (Colombia) and Zhu Xiao-Mei (China).
The winner of the Radio-Canada People's Choice Award (decided by votes cast by the audience in attendance at the finals) will be announced at a gala concert on Friday, June 6, in Montreal. [Update: this prize was awarded to Jayson Gillham.]
Winners of previous piano editions of the MIMC are Beatrice Rana of Italy (2011), Nareh Arghamanyan of Armenia (2008) and Serhiy Salov of Ukraine (2004). Salov was also the winner of the MIMC's new Richard Lupien Improvisation Prize awarded May 20, 2014.
Listen again to the complete Piano 2014 finals, recorded live at Maison symphonique in Montreal by clicking the photo above.
Listen again to the complete Piano 2014 semifinals, recorded live at Bourgie Hall in Montreal by clicking the photo above.
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