Finalist for the Opus Prizes

The Molinari Quartet has just learnt that it is in nomination for 4 Opus Prizes.

Awarded by the Quebec Music Council, the Opus Prizes underline musical excellence on the Quebec concert stage. The 22nd Gala, which celebrates the 2017-2018 concert season, will be held on February 3 2019 at Bourgie Hall at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Here are the Molinari Quartet’s nominations :

Recording of the year – Modern, contemporary music for Klezmer Dreams, André Moisan, Quatuor Molinari, Jean Saulnier, ATMA Classique.

Concert of the year – Montreal for The Quartet According to Ligeti, January 26 2018

Concert of the year – Modern and Contemporary Music for The Quartet According to Molinari, November 10 2018

Concert of the year – Modern and Contemporary Music for The Quartet According to Ligeti, January 26 2018


The Molinari records Zorn

The Molinari Quartet recorded four string quartets by American composer John Zorn on October 9, 10 and 11th at St. Augustin de Mirabel church near Montreal. The new CD will be released on the ATMA Classic label on February 15 2019 and will include Cat O’Nine Tails, The Dead Man, Memento Mori and Kol Nidre. The picture is taken moments after the end of the recording with ATMA’s president and producer Johanne Goyette and the musicians of the Molinari Quartet.


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