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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
 

Molinari’s latest CDLe

The latest CD of the Molinari Quartet will be in the stores on April 8th. Recorded last November in the beautiful St-Augustin de Mirabel church for ATMA Classic, this new CD presents four quartets by Canadian-Armenian composer Petros Shoujounian. The works are based on Armenian liturgical chants from the 5th to 15th centuries.
 

Three Opus Prizes for the MolinarisLe

Sunday February 7 2016, the Quebec Music Council held its annuel Opus Prize gala, honouring the Quebec classical music scene. The Molinari Quartet received three prizes. The event "The Quartet According to Shostakovich" during which the Molinaris played all 15 quartets in 3 marathon concerts,  received two prizes ; the opus for the Concert of the Year - modern, contemporary music and the Opus for the Concert of the Year in Montreal. Its CD of the quartets of Sofia Gubaidulina also received the Opus prize for the CD of the Year - modern, contemporary music.  
 

Gubaidulina CD reviewLe

The Molinari Quartet's Gubaidulina CD continues to receive great revues in Europe and in the USA. In the Italian magazine AMADEUS's December issue, it is written : "Just like the music, the sound and the interpretation are sublime". Also, the American site La Folia writes about the Gubaidulina as well as the Schafer Quartets 8-12 CD.
 

Opus prize finalistLe

The Conseil québécois de la musique just released the list of its Opus Prize finalists for the year 2014-2015. The Molinari Quartet has received 4 nominations as finalist in 3 categories. The Opus prizes underline excellence and diversity in the classical music scene in Québec. Concert of the year in Montreal for The Quartet According to Shostakovich Concert of the year – Modern , contemporary music : for The Quartet According to Shostakovich and for The Quartet According to Kurtág CD of the year - Modern, contemporary music : Gubaidulina string quartets (ATMA Classic) The Molinari Quartet is also finalist for the prestigious International Classical Music Awards in the contemporary music CD category .