Dedicated to the voice, the 82nd edition of the OSM Competition will be held from September 13 to November  27, 2021. After the immense success of its first online edition, the Competition returns in full force for a second  year in online format, enabling the public from coast to coast to access contestants’ performances.  


Loyal to its mission of supporting younger generations of Canadian musicians, the OSM Competition will award  more than $45,000 in cash prizes and provide winners with a whole range of performance and educational  opportunities. The ICI Musique award will grant a professional audio recording in one of Radio-Canada’s studios,  as well as its broadcast, while music lovers can vote for their favourite contestant to win the Audience Award.  Additionally, all contestants will receive masterclass training by professional musicians.


Voicecompetitiors aged 31 years old and under on December 1st, 2021 

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  • Created in 1940
  • National competition since 1963
  • All the instruments of the orchestra, as well as voice, are featured on a rotating basis over a three-year cycle.
    2016 : strings and organ
    2017 : woodwinds, brass and voice
    2018 : piano and harp
  • The OSM Manulife Competition is one of the only Canadian competition to offer four categories of prizes :
    cash prizes
    scholarships, offering tuition and accommodation at Canada’s leading summer academies
    profesional recordings
    concert opportunities all around Canada, including the privilege to play with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
  • An important platform for young Canadian artists wishing to participate in international competitions.

Among its 350 past winners:

Jan Lisiecki(piano-2009), just signed a recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon for five CDs

Andrew Wan(violin-2007), Current concertmaster of the OSM

James Ehnes(violin-1992)

Karina Gauvin(voice -1987) / Soprano

Louis Lortie(piano-1972)

Angela Hewitt(piano-1969)

André Laplante(piano-1968)

Janina Fialkowska(piano-1967)

Joseph Rouleau(voice -1949) / Bass

Léopold Simoneau(voice -1944) / Tenor