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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.


The Molinari Quartet and Schafer’s 12th quartetLe

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!

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Another Opus prize for the Molinari’sLe

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.



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And the winners are…Le

On Tuesday evening January 14 2014, the board members of the Molinari Quartet drew the winning tickets for the 4 grand prizes. The tickets were sold as part of the 2013-14 fund raising campaign.

1st prize: a concert by the Molinari Quartet in your living room: Damaris Montoya Ceriani

2nd prize: a Harricana fur bag by Maniouche: Marc-Antoine Desjardins

3rd prize: a dinner for 4 at the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth’s Beaver Club: Nadie Chalifoux

4th prize: an iPad mini: Cindy Vaillancourt

The Molinari Quartet thanks everyone who bought tickets to support the Molinari Quartet’s activites.



Christmas gift suggestionsLe

You need some suggestions for Christmas gifts? Offer your friends a private concert by the Molinari Quartet in their living room (900$), a Harricana fur bag by Maniouche (600$), a dinner for 4 at the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth’s Beaver Club(500$) or an iPad mini (320$).

Too expensive ? Not at all ! For only 20$ you can get a ticket for the drawing of these great prizes. Only 400 tickets are on sale. The draw will be held on January 14th 2014. You will make your friends happy and at the same time contribute to the Molinari Quartet’s fundraising campaign. Write to qm@quatuormolinari.qc.ca or call the Molinari Quartet at 514-527-5515 to reserve your tickets.