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Seventh International Composition CompetitionLe

The Molinari Quartet announces its Seventh International Composition Competition. Candidates are invited to send their scores to the Molinari Quartet for April 1st 2018. See the complete rules and regulations here.

An Echo Klassik AwardLe

The Molinari Quartet is very proud to announce that it has won the Echo Klassik prize for its Kurtág string quartets recording in the category Chamber music 20th-21st century. The Echo Klassik awards are the most important classical music awards in Germany. The Echo Klassik trophies will be handed out on Sunday, 29 October 2017 during a gala event in the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall in Hamburg. The German public TV channel ZDF will broadcast the ceremony. The Molinari Quartet is among great artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Matthias Goerne, Daniel Hope, Maurizio Pollini et Christian Tetzlaff in the 2017 Echo Klassik awards. See the complete list of winners : http://www.echoklassik.de/en/klassik-startseite/

… and the winners are…Le

During its May 26th concert, the Molinari Quartet drew the winners of its special fundraising draw. A special thanks to all who have supported the Molinari Quartet. 1st prize : The Molinari Quartet in your living room : Georges Aird 2nd prize :  Gift certificate Leméac restaurant : Zoé Lamothe 3rd prize : iPad : Isabelle Mondou  

John Zorn QuartetsLe

After performing four quartets by John Zorn in Calgary and at Montréal / Nouvelles musiques Festival, the Molinari Quartet will play again Zorn’s Cat O’Nine Tails on Saturday March 18 2017 at 3 pm at the Molinari Foundation in its series Music to See. See the calendar for all the details.  

A “Diapason d’or” for the Kurtág recordingLe

In its December edition, the renowned French music magazine Diapason awards the Molinari Quartet 's recording of the Kurtág quartet cycle the highest honours  with a Diapason d'or. Read the critic hear.

The MQ on tourLe

The Molinari Quartet musicians are getting ready to tour Poland and Armenia from November 19 to December 1st. They are invited among others, by the Brand New Music festival in Katowice to play 2 concerts and give masterclasses. Composer Petros Shoujounian will join them in Erevan, Armenia were they will perform his quartets. Works to be played on tour will also include quartets by Schafer, Shostakovich, Sokolovic, Penderecki, Kowalska-Lason and Tchavoushian. Follow the tour on our Facebook page Quatuor Molinari.

Our CD is in the storesLe

Our latest CD of the complete string quartets by Hungarian composer György Kurtág is now available at your favourite CD store. You can also purchase the CD through ATMA Classique's online store. Hope you enjoy it!

Our Kurtág CD is coming out!Le

On September 9 2016 our latest CD presenting György Kurtág’s complete string quartets will be available in stores across Canada. The works were recorded in December 2014 at St-Augustin church in Mirabel by ATMA Classique. Enjoy !

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.

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