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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The Molinari Quartet is proud to announce that its recording of R. Murray Schafer’s String Quartet no.12 is in nomination for a Juno award in the category Best classical composition of the year. The Juno awards gala will be held in Winnipeg on March 30th 2014.
Especially written for the Molinari Quartet’s 15th anniversary last season, the 12th quartet has been performed already 17 times by the Molinari Quartet!
On Sunday January 26th , the Quebec Music Council held it’s annual Opus prize Gala, honouring the Quebec classical music scene. The Molinari Quartet received the very thought after Concert of the year – Montreal prize for it’s double marathon of 13 string quartets of the Second Viennese School that was held on March 2, 2013. The Molinari’s shared the stage with Victoria’s Lafayette Quartet for this special event that was also part of the Montreal New Music festival.