The Molinari Quartet's Eighth International Competition for Composition

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Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for it, a highly valued but challenging form to write for composers. 

The Molinari Quartet contributes to the development of the string quartet literature by encouraging composers to send new original scores to its Competition.

Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for it, a highly valued but dreadful form to write for, for composers. But even today, in 2017, the string quartet is as alive and exciting as ever!

The winners of the Eighth International Composition Competition

Montreal, Friday May 28, 2021– During its concert on Friday May 28 at 7 pm at the Montreal Conservatory of Music, the Molinari Quartet announced the winners of its Eighth International Composition Competition for String Quartet. The winners were chosen among 115 candidates aged under 40 and the jury – composed of the members of the Molinari Quartet and composers Denis Gougeon and Jimmie LeBlanc – met in May to evaluate the 115 original scores received from 33 countries.

For its Eighth edition, the Molinari Quartet has selected four works. The order of the winners will be determined following the concert on February 25, 2022 by the jury, after a final deliberation. Here are the four candidates, in alphabetical order, whose works will be played in concert:

Joan Bachs, from Germany, for his work Oleum Perdidisti

Edgar Fikes Girtain IV from the United States, for his work For Aurora no.2

Chrisitan Paterniti from Italy for his work Su le soglie del bosco

Tigrio Emmanuel Francisco Rodriguez Witrago from Mexico for his work Agere-tio

The recipients will share $6,000 in prizes and the first prize winner will be offered a silkscreen by artist Guido Molinari.

The four winners will be invited to work with the Molinari Quartet prior to the Winners Concert which will be held on February 25, 20229. The winners will also participate on February 22 2022, in the Dialogue sur le Plateau consisting of a public workshop, with discussion and performance by the Molinari Quartet.

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