OMNI Music Competition

From April 3 to 5, 2020

Presented by 


This second edition of the OMNI Music Competition gives young musicians 7 to 17 years old the opportunity to experience an enjoyable and positive competition that promotes each contestant’s musical growth and development. The OMNI competition provides candidates of various ages, playing different instruments, with a venue to present their talent in a relaxed setting that promotes interaction between young musicians who share the same passion, enhanced by exchanges with professional musicians.


Competition rules


Online registration by February 28, 2020

Candidates are divided based on their age and instruments.


Age categories:

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



Instruments 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.


OMNI Grand Prize

$5,000 to the winner of the Age 15-17 category*

Hydro-Québec Prize

$2,000 to the winner of the Age 12-14 category*

Yannick Nézet-Séguin Prize

$2,000 to the winner of the Age 7-11 category*


Additional prizes will be announced later; these include the Jury’s Choice awards presented to the winner in each instrument category.

* These prize winners may be from any instrument category.

Key dates

February 28, 2020

Registration deadline

April 3, 4 & 5, 2020


April 7, 2020

Announcement of results to participants

(Public announcement on April 8)

April 30, 2020

Gala Concert and presentation of prizes

Louis-Philippe Marsolais
Competition Ambassador

A renowned recitalist, concert artist and chamber music player, Louis-Philippe Marsolais has been the Orchestre Métropolitain’s principal horn since 2009. Also a member of the Pentaèdre wind quartet, he performs regularly in North America, Europe and Asia. Over the course of his career, he has won many international prizes, including three at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich in September 2005.

Demonstrating a keen interest in contemporary music, Louis-Philippe Marsolais has premiered works from Canadian, Swiss, German and French composers for solo horn, horn and tape and chamber music ensembles. He is also an assistant professor at the Université de Montréal.


The Orchestre Métropolitain warmly thanks Stingray, official presenter of the Competition.

The Competition is presented in collaboration with the Coopérative des professeurs de musique.

The OM would also like to thank the Association minière du Québec (AMQ), official collaborator of the Competition, for its valuable support.