European Tour

The Molinari Quartet musicians are taking off today November 21st for a two-week long European tour.   The tour will take place from November 21 to December 4 2019 and will stop in 6 cities of  4 European countries : Germany, Serbia, North Macedonia and Greece.   Canadian music is at the heart of the repertoire of this tour with Commedia dell’arte from Serbia-Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic and quartets nos 3, 10 and 11 by R. Murray Schafer. These two composers represent Canadian culture at its best. The musicians will also perform Cat O’Nine Tails by John Zorn , Running Thoughts by Snezana Nesic and For Sun’s Light by Menelaos Peistikos. Ms. Sokolovic will accompany the musicians on tour and present her work at each concert.   The Molinai Quartet acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts for making this tour possible.


List of works played in Les corps avalés

Many have asked us what works we played during the show Les corps avalés with the Virginie Brunelle Dance Company at Place des Arts from February 26 to 29. Here is a list of the works : Henryk Górecki : Quartet no 2, 2e mvt (extrait) Philip Glass : Quartet no 3, Mishima, 4e et 6e mouvements Max Richter : Berlin by Overnight Harry Escott : Brandon (de Shame), arr. Antoine Bareil Henry Purcell : Dido’s Lament arr. Ben Shemie Philip Glass : Quartet no 5, 4e mouvement Henryk Gorecki: Quartet no 2, 2e mouvement Lera Auerbach : 24 preludes for piano, Andante, arr. Ben Shemie Dimitri Shostakovich : Elégie Samuel Barber : Adagio


A 21st Opus Award

A 21st Opus Award On Sunday January 19 2020, the  Molinari Quartet was awarded its 21st Opus Prize handed out by the Quebec Music Council at the Opus Prize Gala held at Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The Opus Prize for Album of the Year – modern / contemporary music  was won by the Molinari Quartet for its recording of the first four quartets by American composer John Zorn. Many thanks to the Quebec Music Council for this honor! Listen or buy the CD on ATMA label


Juno Award Nomination

The Molinari Quartet’s CD of works by John Zorn is in notation for a Juno Award in the category Album of the Year, Classcial Music :  solo / chamber ensemble. The Juno Awards of 2020 will be hosted in the city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 15 March 2020 and will be broadcast live on CBC. The Juno Awards were founded in 1970 and are awarded annually by  the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) to Canadian artists working in the field of music.


Thanks for supporting the Molinari Quartet

The Molinari Quartet’s annuel benefit event will take place on Tuesday April 9th at 6 pm at the Guido Molinari Foundation, 3290 St. Catherine street East, Montréal.   Under the honorary chairmanship of Mr Richard Lupien, you will have the privilege to hear the Molinari Quartet musicians in an intimate setting, to participate in a draw and a silent auction (paintings, silkscreen, photography, concert tickets, etc.) while enjoying good food and wine. A festive evening just for you!   The event is held at the Guido Molinari Foundation therefore you will also admire the beautiful exhibit Françoise Sullivan. Hommages. which presents works that the artist created as a tribute to her friends who passed away (Edmund Alleyn, Ulysse Comtois, Marcelle Ferron and Guido Molinari). Her works will be side by side with those of the other artists.   The funds that will be collected during the fundraising campaign will be matched at 300% by the programme Placement culture of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and deposited in the Molinari Quartet fund at the Fondation du Grand Montréal. This fund enables the Molinari Quartet to realize special projects such as tours, CD recordings and commissioning new works as well as assuring the sustainability of the Molinari Quartet.   Tickets are $150 (an income tax receipt of $110 will be issued )   Reserve your tickets by writing to or phone 514-527-5515.   Thanks for your support !


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