Launched in 1989 in Nice, the Piano Masters competition moved to Monaco three years later. It was subsequently extended to include voice and violin events.
The World Music Masters competition was first held in Nice in 1989. Its founder, Jean-Marie Fournier, was keen to create a unique competition with a limited number of competitors who had already competed as finalists in an international competition.
The success of the World Music Masters convinced the Société des Bains de Mers de Monaco to host the competition in Monaco under the name of the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters competition.
The Monte-Carlo Music Masters is held under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness, The Sovereign Prince of Monaco. The French television channel France 3 decided to broadcast the competition the same year.
Initially devoted to pianists, the competition was opened to voices in 1997 under the name Monte-Carlo Voice Masters, then to violinists in 2004 with the first Monte-Carlo Violin Masters. Since then, each year has been dedicated to one of these three disciplines.
H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Rainier III lent his name to the award, endowing it with prize money from his own funds. Since 2001, the competition has benefited from a subsidy from the principality’s government and, since 2003, Banque Safra.
The competition has been held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II since 2006, when he awarded the Prince Rainier III Prize to the pianist Vladimir Sverdlov. In 2007, H.R.H. the Princess of Hanover presented the award to the violinist Fanny Clamagirand.
Some 20 prize-winning artists
Over 20 extremely talented artists, many of whom have gone on to enjoy brilliant international careers, have already won the Monte-Carlo Music Masters, including Italian pianists Giovanni Bellucci and Maurizio Baglini, Armenia’s Vardan Mamikonian, Bulgaria’s Ludmil Angelov, Russia’s Natalia Troull, Roustem Saïtkoulov, Vladimir Sverdlov, Sergei Tarasov and Miroslav Kultyshev, American opera singer Adina Aaron, bass Mikhail Kolelishvili, tenor Junghoon Kim, and violinists Mayuko Kamio (Japan), Fanny Clamagirand (France) and Graf Mourja (Russia/Hungary), Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (Russia) and Elli Choi (USA).