The Molinari Quartet is very honored to have won a 21st Opus Prize at the Quebec Music Council’s Opus Prize Gala on Sunday February 7, 2021. This year’s Gala was special edition broadcast live on the web because of the pandemic. The Quartet was given the Opus Prize in the category Album of the Year -Modern, contemporary music for its recording of the complete string quartets by Henryk Gorecki on the ATMA Classique label. To listen or purchase the album, follow this link to ATMA Classique.
This site is intended to be a place of discovery and a source of information on works for string quartets by Quebec composers. In the months and years ahead, recordings will be added regularly to make this site a lively and vibrant venue. www.vqqm.ca
Last week, the musicians of the Molinari Quartet spent three days at St-Augustin de Mirabel church to record the first four quartets by American minimalist composer Philip Glass. This is the first of a set of recordings to be made of the complete string quartes by Glass for the ATMA Classique record label. Sound engineer Anne-Marie Sylvestre was at the helm of the sessions and gave valuable advices to the musicians. Hats and masks were on hand in the cool church!
The Molinari Quartet announces its 8th International composition competition. Composers of 40 years of less are invited to submit an original work for string quartet. The four winners will receive prizes totaling 6000$ and will have their work premiered in a concert by the Molinari Quartet during their 2021-2022 season in Montreal. For complete details follow this link.
The Molinari Quartet is creating a unique video library of qQuebec string quartets that will be put on line on this web site. For the Quartet, it is important that works be known and become part of the repertoire and therefore this new video library will enable new works played and premiered by the Molinari to become known to a wide public.