Canada International Arts & Music Society Hosts Information Session for the 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition

Richmond, BC, August 3, 2017


The 2017 Vancouver International Music Competition (VIMC) Committee held an information session for teachers and interested parties at 1029 Café in Richmond, BC, Canada on August 3, 2017.  Celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary, the VIMC aims to promote Canadian classical music worldwide by establishing prizes for performing Canadian classical compositions.  Organized by the Canada International Arts & Music Society (CIAMS), the VIMC is British Columbia’s first large-scale international music competition to feature multi-instrumental categories (piano, strings, and voice).  Eligible string instruments for the event include violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp, and guitar.  Age groups for the competition include Artists (ages 18-35), Young Artists (13-17), and Junior Talent (12 and under).


Lynn Liu, the President of CIAMS and the VIMC, Brad Stark, VIMC vice-president, Oscar Liu, competition coordinator, and Jacob Seyer, VIMC web-designer discussed the background, rules, and prizes for the VIMC along with other committee members.  Members of the VIMC committee also gave musical performances.  The VIMC preliminary round consists of onsite auditions in Nanjing, China and Vancouver, BC, Canada as well as online video submissions from applicants from around the world.  Exciting venues for the final round of the competition will include the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and Roy Barnett Recital Hall in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


The audience asked several questions to the VIMC committee.  Here are a few of the questions that were asked:

Q: Are competitors allowed to perform repertoire in the final round that they previously played in the preliminary round?
A:  Yes.  Competitor can perform the same repertoire in both the preliminary and final rounds.  However, keep in mind that we encourage the performance of Canadian works in the final round as there are prizes available to competitors.


Q: Is it necessary for competitors to perform Canadian repertoire in the competition?
A: Canadian repertoire is optional, not mandatory.  However, we encourage performers to play Canadian works.  The competition offers several prizes in the final round for the best performances of Canadian compositions.


Q: How can international competitors who are not available to play in the onsite preliminary round events participate in the competition?
A: Our preliminary round accepts online video submissions from competitors from around the world.  We also allow local competitors to apply with video submissions.  Our committee will judge the video submissions in late August and leave adequate time for competitors to prepare visa and plane tickets, etc.


Winners in each instrumental category will be awarded a Platinum Prize worth $1,500 as well a performance opportunity and a professional DVD recording.  Artistic Advisors for the VIMC include Tomislav Nedelkovic-Baynov, Keiko Alexander, Daniel Bolshoy, Rosa Hong, and Kathy Nordmeyer.  VIMC Jury Members include Sasha Starcevich, Mark George, Corey Hamm, Andrew Dawes, Lynne A. Turner, Sean Bickerton, Nancy Hermiston, Jocelyn Morlock, and Oswaldo Iraheta.


The preliminary round deadlines are as follows:


  • Onsite Application Deadline: September 9, 2017
  • Online Video Submission Deadline: August 27, 2017


Repertoire submission deadlines, video submission guidelines, and an online application form for the competition are available on the VMIC website:


About the 2017 VIMC


The VIMC is supported by sponsors including Tom Lee Music, Shiyun Financial group, Vancouver Chinese Culture & Arts Foundation, and other private sponsors.  BC Premier John Horgan, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, Member of Legislative Assembly Teresa Wat, Member of Parliament Alice Wong, CEO of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Jeff Alexander, and BC director of the CMC Sean Bickerton have sent greeting letters for the event.


VIMC Official Online Content






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