The repertoire

Important :

  • The Competition consists of four rounds: preliminaries, semifinals, J. S. Bach special round and finals.
  • A competitor may not perform the same work in two different rounds, except in the following case: if a candidate has chosen to perform a work by J. S. Bach in item 1 of the preliminary round, he may repeat this work in item 1 of the J. S. Bach special round.
  • We ask candidates to focus their attention on the composition and balance of their programs, as it should highlight their artistic and technical merits as well as present works of different periods or esthetics.
  • The program for each round must be submitted to the Competition committee for approval at the time of registration.
    PLEASE NOTE: since the preliminary round repertoire must be approved BEFORE the applicant make their recording, the approval request for this round must be sent to the Competition Committee at [email protected] The committee will render its decision within 4 to 5 business days. (Please use the template provided under the REGISTRATION tab of the website).


1- A work from the Baroque period

2- A concert etude

3- A work from the romantic period or from the XXth century
* Must be from a different period/aesthetics than item 2 of the semifinal round

SEMIFINAL (maximum duration 45 min.)

1- A work from the classical period

2- A work from the romantic periode or the XXth century (before 1980)
* Must be from a different period/aesthetics than item 3 of the preliminary round

3- An imposed Canadian work (will be announced in July 2022 and will last 5 minutes)

J.S. BACH SPECIAL ROUND (maximum duration 25 min.)

1- A work from J.S. Bach

2- A work inspired by the aesthetics of J. S. Bach

For this round, the candidate must highlight a work by J.S. Bach by accompanying it with a second work inspired by his musical legacy. This is an opportunity for the candidate to demonstrate artistic vision or boldness.


A concerto from the following repertoire :

– Bartók (nos 2 and 3)
– Beethoven
– Brahms
– Chopin
– Shostakovich (no 2)
– Franck (Variations symphoniques)
– Gershwin (Concerto in F)
– Grieg (Concerto in A minor)
– Khatchaturian
– Liszt (nos 1, 2 and Totentanz)
– Mendelssohn
– Mozart
– Poulenc
– Prokofiev (nos 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
– Rachmaninov (nos 1, 2, 3, 4 et Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini)
– Ravel
– Saint-Saëns (nos 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
– Scriabin
– R. Schumann
– Tchaïkovsky