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Olga Ranzenhofer, violin

Olga Ranzenhofer graduated with an Artist Diploma from the University of Cincinnati after studies with the renowned professor Dorothy DeLay and members of the LaSalle String Quartet. Principal second violin of the Orchestre Métropolitain from 1989 to 2001, Olga Ranzenhofer founded in 1997 the Molinari String Quartet. Olga Ranzenhofer was concertmaster of the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec from 1994 to 2004 and held the same position with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra from 1987 to 1995. She has participated in many concert tours and recitals, television and radio broadcasts and compact disc recordings in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. She was also a member of the Morency String Quartet from 1987 to 1997. Olga Ranzenhofer is recognized as a leader in contemporary music in Québec and has commissioned many works for violin and piano and for string quartet. In November 2000, she was awarded the Opus Prize of Personnality of the Year by the Quebec Music Council. In the fall of 2009, she was named Canadian Music Centre Ambassador in recognition of her exceptionnal contribution to the Canadian music scene over the years.
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Frédéric Bednarz, violin

The Canadian violinist Frédéric Bednarz is active as a soloist and chamber musician. His wide range of repertoire and his sensitive and keen musicianship have been praised by critics. " Powerful atmosphere, technically assured...Gorgeous tone drawing sustained sweetness" states The Strad, London., while the Kansas City Star writes,“a marvelous violinist and eminent chamber musician” . He was awarded the prestigious Prix d’Europe, and was a top winner at the Val Tidone International Competition in Italy. Bednarz's performances have taken him to Carnegie Hall in New York, Boston, the Chamber Music Society of Kansas City, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, France, Poland, Italy, China, Japan, Mexico and Costa Rica. As a soloist, he has played with the Montreal Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra, La Sinfonia de Montréal, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble America in New York, the Atlantic Symphony (MA). As a chamber musician, he collaborated with Anthony Marwood, Richard Lester, Julius Baker, Malcom Lowe, Alexandre Tharaud, and members of the Ying and Tokyo String Quartets. Bednarz also has recently premiered works by Canadian composers such as Ana Sokolovic, Murray Schafer and Claude Marc Bourget. His performances have been broadcasted on Radio-Canada and NPR, and he has recorded for the XXI label (Tchaikovsky), Albany Record, Atma Classique (Schnittke, Schafer, Gubaidulina) and Metis Island (Sonatas by Szymanowski and Shostakovich). Frédéric Bednarz received his master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Oleh Krysa. He has also been a member of the Molinari String Quartet since 2007, ensemble in residence at the Montreal Conservatory of music. www.fredericbednarz.com
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Frédéric Lambert, viola

Frédéric Lambert received in 2011 a doctorate degree in viola performance at McGill University under the direction of Professor André Roy. His studies have allowed him to play in master classes for Robert Vernon, James Dunham, Steven Dann, Bruno Pasquier, Régis Pasquier and Ani Kavafian. In 2004, Frédéric Lambert and violinist Emmanuel Vukovich played as soloists with the McGill Symphony Orchestra. This performance earned them the Prix Étoiles Galaxie of Radio-Canada. Frédéric Lambert was a founding member of the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet from 2002 to 2007. Grand Prize Winner and Gold Medal of the 2005 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and winner of the 2004 Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, the Lloyd Carr-Harris String Quartet rapidly established as one of the most important string quartets in Canada, and participated in many competitions and festivals in Canada, France, England, Italy, United States and more recently, Australia. Mr. Lambert is regularly invited to play with renowned ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, la Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the McGill Chamber Orchestra and Musicamerata. Since 2006, Frédéric Lambert has been a member of the Société de musique de chambre de Québec. Over the past eight years, he has been a member of the group DRUZKOVKA, an ensemble which plays 'worldbeat' music. As a member of this group, Frederic Lambert writes arrangements and plays viola, violin and mandolin. Their critically acclaimed first album "Au Piano Rouge" was released in 2006. The group has participated in many festivals in Quebec and France. Mr. Lambert joined the Molinari Quartet in the summer of 2007.
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Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello

A graduate from the Montreal Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music in the studio of Pamela Frame where he was teacher assistant, Pierre-Alain Bouvrette was also a prize winner at the 2003 International Chamber Music Competition of Val Tidone in Italy. A guest participant at the Chamber Music Festival of Costa Rica on two occasions, he was also invited to join the Takacs Quartet at the 2001 String Quartet Seminar in Boulder, Colorado. Pierre-Alain has collaborated with artists such as Malcolm Lowe, the Ying Quartet and Oleh Krisha. An active chamber musician, he is also a member of the Ponticello Cello Quartet since 2007 and has joined the Molinari Quartet in the summer of 2007. Pierre-Alain plays an instrument made in 1904 in Naples, Italy by Vincenzo Postioglione.
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