The Molinari Quartet and Schafer

SCHAFER’S LABYRINTH is a powerful and bold multimedia extravaganza that will showcase the 13 String Quartets of R. MURRAY SCHAFER, Canada’s most internationally celebrated composer, to be performed live on stage by the Molinari String Quartet. This is an entirely unique audio-visual tone poem created through the juxtaposition of classical music, environmental soundscapes (coined by Schafer in the 1960s), stunning motion picture images, large screen movie projection, animated graphics,


The Winners of the 7th Competition

During its concert on Friday May 18 at 7:30 pm at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, the Molinari Quartet announced the winners of its Seventh International Composition Competition for String Quartet. The winners were chosen from 108 candidates aged under 40 and the jury – composed of the members of the Molinari Quartet and composers Brian Cherney and Maxime McKinley – met in May to evaluate the 109 original scores received from 26 countries.

For its Seventh edition, the Molinari Quartet has selected four works. The order of the winners will be determined following the concert on February 1st, 2019 by the jury, after a final deliberation. Here are the four candidates, in alphabetical order, whose works will be played in concert:

 Preston Beebe (né en 1988) des États-Unis d’Amérique pour son œuvre Beneath Trees

Bertrand Chavarría-Aldrete, (born in 1978) from Mexico for his work Douleur exquise

Jongsung Oh (né en 1987) de la Corée du Sud pour son œuvre HAYDN pour quatuor à cordes

Menelaos Peistikos (né en 1995) de Grèce pour son œuvre For Sun’s Light


Annual benefit event on May 23 2018

The Molinari Quartet invites you to its annual benefit event on May 23 2018 at 6 pm at the Guido Molinari Foundation, 3290 St. Catherine street East in Montreal. Guests will enjoy a private concert, a cocktail, a silent auction and a drawing as well as being the first to see the new exhibit of works by Martha Townsend and Guido Molinari called “Laminoir”. 

The event is a special moment to support the Quartet and to meet the musicians in a convivial setting.

Tickets: 150 $ (income tax receipt of 120$)

To reserve your place please contact the Molinari Quartet by email  at or by phone 514-527-5515



New Second violin

The Molinari Quartet is very pleased to announce that Antoine Bareil has become the new second violinist of the quartet. We are very excited about his passion towards new music.  


A 19th Opus Prize!

    At the annual Opus Awards Gala of the Conseil québécois de la Musique, the Molinari Quartet received an Opus Prize for its recording of György Kurtág’s complete string quartets on the ATMA Classique label in the category: “Record of the Year – Modern Music, contemporary. The Gala, which celebrates the excellence of concert