Focusing on woodwinds and brass, the 81st edition of the OSM Competition will be held entirely online from October 16 to December 12. Always mindful of supporting young Canadian musicians, the OSM is proud to have been able to maintain, in a different format, this annual « rendezvous » for young Canadian musicians from all over the country. This year’s edition will award more than 45 000$ in cash prizes to the most talented young Canadian musicians. These will include prizes from 2500$ to 10 000$ as well as performance and training opportunities offered by the OSM and the Competition’s partners. Also, the ICI Musique prize will offer a professional recording in one of Radio-Canada’s studio and its broadcast.

Eligible musicians have until October 5, 2020, to submit their registration materials, including the video recording for the preliminary round.


Woodwinds*: Competitors aged 25 years and under on December 12, 2020

Brass**: Competitors aged 25 years and under on December 12, 2020


* Woodwinds admitted: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone.

** Brass admitted: trumpet, horn, trombone (alto and tenor), bass trombone, tuba.

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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