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


Echo Klassik Awards Gala

Sunday October 29 2017, violinist Olga Ranzenhofer was at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany, to receive the Molinari Quartet’s Echo Klassik award for its recording of György Kurtág’s complete string quartets. A great honor for the Molinari! Watch the presentation  as aired by the German television ZFD here

Finalist for an Opus Prize

The Molinari Quartet his happy to announce that it is finalist for the Opus Prize of Best recording of the year in the category of Contemporary- modern music for its recording of the complete string quartets by György Kurtag. The Gala will be held on February 4 2018 at Bourgie Hall.

John Zorn’s String Quartets

After performing four quartets by John Zorn in Calgary and at Montréal / Nouvelles musiques Festival, the Molinari Quartet will play again Zorn’s Cat O’Nine Tails on Saturday March 18 2017 at 3 pm at the Molinari Foundation in its series Music to See. See the calendar for all the details.

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