OMNI Music Competition
Virtual 3rd edition

May 28, 29 and 30, 2021


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For the 3rd edition of its OMNI Competition, the Orchestre Métropolitain is inviting you to to share your talent! Through this positive, fun and stimulating competition, you will be able to work with OM musicians to further your musical growth and development.


The OMNI Competition is open to all young musicians between the ages of 7 and 17 as of April 28, 2021. Register and submit a video recording by April 28, 2021! Video recordings will be streamed on a public YouTube channel from May 28 to 30, 2021. 30 finalists selected from the video submissions will then move on to one last round of the competition in June 2021.


Competition rules

Video recording guidelines


Registration form

This year’s OMNI Competition will give young people between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to share their talent in a friendly competition that creates a sense of togetherness, a core value of OM musicians and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Not only will the event build a network of young musicians who share a passion for music, but it will give them the opportunity to work with Orchestre Métropolitain musicians virtually. It’s sure to be a formative experience!

Candidates are divided based on their age and instruments.


Age categories:

  •   7-11 years old
  •   12-14 years old
  •   15-17 years old



Instrument categories:

  • The strings & guitar category includes candidates who play violin, viola, cello, double bass, harp and guitar.
  • The piano category includes only candidates who play piano.
  • The wind category includes candidates who play flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, saxophone or tuba.

Several prizes available
for young musicians

Thanks to the generosity of its partners, the 2021 OMNI Competition will award the following prizes:


François Schubert Grand Prize

A $5,000 cash prize to the winner of the 15–17 year old category*


Hydro-Québec Prize

A $2,000 cash prize to the winner of the 12–14 year old category*


Yannick Nézet-Séguin Prize

A $2,000 cash prize to the winner of the 7–11 year old category*


* Winners will be selected in each instrument category.

Other prizes will be announced later, particularly the Jury’s Choice Prize, given to winners in each instrument category, and the new Public’s Choice Prize. In the event of a tie, the jury reserves the right to divide a cash prize in half, with the exception of the François Schubert Grand Prize.


Each participant will receive a participation prize and constructive comments from the jury, made up of OM musicians and artistic partners.

Elvira Misbakhova

Ambassador of the 2021 OMNI Competition


We are happy to announce that Elvira Misbakhova, Principal Viola of the OM, is the ambassador of this third edition of the OMNI Competition!


To learn more about Elvira’s exceptional story, click here.

Key dates

Registration deadline

April 28, 2021


Virtual Competition

May 28, 29 and 30, 2021


Announcement of finalists

May 30, 2021


Final round

June 26 and 27, 2021


Announcement of winners

Week of June 28, 2021


Laura Eaton
Education Manager

Orchestre Métropolitain

514 -598-0870, ext. 35



The Orchestre Métropolitain offers its special thanks to François Schubert, sponsor of the 2021 OMNI Competition, and Hydro-Québec for its support with this initiative.