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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.


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


Full details

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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.

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6th International Composition CompetitionLe


You have still 9 days to send us your new quartet for our 6th International Composition Competition, the deadline being April 1st 2015. Read the rules here.

The jury, formed by composers John Rea, Michel Gonneville and Ana Sokolovic as well as the members of the Molinari Quartet will meet in May to chose the 4 winners whose works will be performed by the Molinari Quartet next season in Montreal.

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Ah quelle beauté!Le

The Molinari Quartet and comedian Danièle Panneton will perform Ah quelle beauté! at the Anaïs-Allard-Rousseau hall of the Centre culturel de Trois-Rivières on January 30 at 8 pm.

Denis Gougeon’s string quartet Jeux de cordes will be followed by Ah quelle beauté! A fascinating work of music and poetry by Gougeon. Information.


Don’t miss the next concerts of the Molinari Quartet in and around Montréal as part of the “Conseil des arts en tournée”. The Quartet will play in Beaconsfield on January 25 and in Ville Saint-Laurent on February 1st. See calendar for details.

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Gubaidulina CD to be releasedLe

The Molinari’s new recording of the complete string quartets and other works by Sofia Gubaidulina will be released in January. The 2 CD set will be in Montreal’s stores starting January 13 2015 and will also be available on line on ATMA’s site 

In addition to the quartets, the CDs include the piano quintet with Louise Bessette, the string trio, Reflections on B.A.C.H. and the duet Rejoice!

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Finalist for an Opus PrizeLe

The Molinari Quartet is proud to announce that it is a finalist for an Opus prize in the category Concert of the Year – Modern and contemporary music.

The nominated concert was held last February 28th and was entitled Music from Eastern Europe. The works performed by the Molinari Quartet were Witold Lutoslawski’s Quartet (1964), Henryk Gorecki’s Quartet no.2 Quasi una fantasia and Gyorgy Kurtag’s 12 Microludes and Officium breve in memoriam Andreae Szervanszky.

The Opus Prize Gala held by the Quebec Music Council will take place on February 1st 2015 at 3 pm at Bourgie Hall.



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The Molinari Quartet in your neighbourhoodLe


During the 2014-15 concert season, the Molinari Quartet will perform 10 concerts in the different boroughs and cities on the island of Montreal in the series Le Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée.


The Molinari Quartets will soon be in your neighbourhood with a programme of works by Debussy, Schafer and Shostakovich.


Put it in your calendar !

The next concert of this tour concert will be on Sunday November 16 at 2 pm at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre, 12001 boul. de Salaberry in DDO.


See all the details on this link or go to our calendar section

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Back from GrenobleLe

The Molinari Quartet is just back from Grenoble, France,  where it participated in the festival Les détours de Babel with two performances of Canadian music. In the charming church of Massieu with its 2nd century relics, the music of R. Murray Schafer and Analia Llugdar resonated before a very attentive audience discovering Canadian new music. Two days later, on April 5th, pianist Louise Bessette joined the Molinari’s to perform the European premiere of R. Murray Schafer’s piano quintet. Also performed were his 11th quartet and Blanc dominant by Ana Sokolovic. The concert was given in front of a full house in the chapel of the Musée dauphinois in Grenoble.