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Another CD is recorded!Le

The musicians of the Quartet and their fellow colleagues André Moisan clarinettist and Jean Saulnier, pianist, were at the Domaine Forget in Charlevoix at the end of April to record a new CD of klezmer music for the ATMA Classic label. The beautiful site of the Domaine, still white with snow and the crisp cold weather were inspiring for us. The CD will be released in 2017.

 
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Composition Competition AwardsLe

Following the premieres of the 4 winning works of its 6th International composition Competition on April 1st 2016, the Molinari Quartet unveiled the order of the winners.

The works presented were chosen among 86 quartets received from composers of 28 countries by the jury formed of members of the Molinari Quartet and composers Ana Sokolovic and John Rea.

After the performance and deliberations, the following awards were given :

1st prize, 3000$ and a silkscreen printing Sans titre, 1956-1967 by Guido Molinari
Gianluca Castelli, from Italy (born in 1985) for his work Mythoi

 

2nd prize, 2000$

Liliya Ugay, from Uzbekistan (born in1990) for her work String Quartet no.2

 

3rd prize ex-aequo, 500$ each

Jean-Patrick Besingrand from France (born in 1985) for his work A Whisper from Space

Alexandra Fol from Canada (born in 1981) for her work The ELGEA Quartet

 

The Public’s Choice prize
Alexandra Fol from Canada (born in 1981) for her work The ELGEA Quartet

 
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Molinari’s latest CDLe

The latest CD of the Molinari Quartet will be in the stores on April 8th. Recorded last November in the beautiful St-Augustin de Mirabel church for ATMA Classic, this new CD presents four quartets by Canadian-Armenian composer Petros Shoujounian. The works are based on Armenian liturgical chants from the 5th to 15th centuries.

 
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Three Opus Prizes for the MolinarisLe

Sunday February 7 2016, the Quebec Music Council held its annuel Opus Prize gala, honouring the Quebec classical music scene.

The Molinari Quartet received three prizes. The event “The Quartet According to Shostakovich” during which the Molinaris played all 15 quartets in 3 marathon concerts,  received two prizes ; the opus for the Concert of the Year – modern, contemporary music and the Opus for the Concert of the Year in Montreal.

Its CD of the quartets of Sofia Gubaidulina also received the Opus prize for the CD of the Year – modern, contemporary music.

 

 
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Gubaidulina CD reviewLe

The Molinari Quartet’s Gubaidulina CD continues to receive great revues in Europe and in the USA. In the Italian magazine AMADEUS’s December issue, it is written : “Just like the music, the sound and the interpretation are sublime”.

Also, the American site La Folia writes about the Gubaidulina as well as the Schafer Quartets 8-12 CD.

 
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Opus prize finalistLe

The Conseil québécois de la musique just released the list of its Opus Prize finalists for the year 2014-2015. The Molinari Quartet has received 4 nominations as finalist in 3 categories.
The Opus prizes underline excellence and diversity in the classical music scene in Québec.

Concert of the year in Montreal for The Quartet According to Shostakovich
Concert of the year – Modern , contemporary music : for The Quartet According to Shostakovich and for The Quartet According to Kurtág
CD of the year – Modern, contemporary music : Gubaidulina string quartets (ATMA Classic)

The Molinari Quartet is also finalist for the prestigious International Classical Music Awards in the contemporary music CD category .

 
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A new CDLe

Following its concert commemorating the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide in 2014, Canadian-Armenian composer Petros Shoujounian approached the Molinari Quartet to record his string quartets.

Last November 4, 5 and 6, the musicians, the composer and the ATMA Classic team were at the beautiful St-Augustin de Mirabel church to record the quartets nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6.

The works are based on Armenian liturgical chants from the 5th to 15th centuries and are presented under a new and modern angle by the composer.

The CD will be released in April 2016.

 
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A new concert series for the Molinari QuartetLe

The Molinari Quartet is pleased to present a third series of concerts in Montreal for its 19th season. Besides its Dialogues and Twentieth and more series, the new series Music to see will be held at the Guido-Molinari Foundation, located in the painter’s former workshop at 3290 St. Catherine Sreet East in Montreal.

Presented in collaboration with the Molinari Foundation, the music performed will be in direct link with the ongoing exhibit. Our first concert will be held on November 15 2015 at 3 pm. See calendar for the details.

 
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Competition resultsLe

During its concert on Wednesday May 27at 6 pm at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, the Molinari Quartet announced the winners of its Sixth International Composition Competition for String Quartet. The winners were chosen from 86 candidates aged under 40 and the jury – composed of the members of the Molinari Quartet and composers Ana Sokolovic and John Rea – met in May to evaluate the 86 original scores received from 28 countries.

 

Jean-Patrick Besingrand (France) for his work A whisper from Space

Gianluca Castelli (Italy) for his work Mythoi

Alexandra Fol (Canada) for her work The Elgea Quartet

Liliya Ugay (Ouzbekistan) for her work String Quartet no.2

 

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86 scores from 28 countries!Le

The Molinari Quartet’s international composition competition deadline for entries was April 1st 2015. We are pleased to announce that we have received 86 scores from 28 countries!

The jury formed by the members of the Molinari Quartet and composers, John Rea, Michel Gonneville and Ana Sokolovic will be meeting in May to select the four winning scores. The names of the winners will be announced on May 27 2015 during the Molinari Quartet’s event The Quartet According to Shostakovich at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.

The works from the winners will be performed in a concert on April 1st 2016 and the order of the winners will be decided by the jury after the concert.