Internationally acclaimed by the public and the critics since its foundation in 1997, the Molinari Quartet has given itself the mandate to perform works from the 20th and 21st centuries repertoire for string quartet, to commission new works and to initiate discussions between musicians, artists and the public. Described by the critics as an “essential” and “prodigious” ensemble, even “Canada’s answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet”, the Molinari Quartet has established itself as one of Canada’s leading string quartets.
Recipient of thirteen Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council to underline musical excellence on the Quebec concert stage, the Molinari Quartet received in 2004 a prestigious distinction: the Académie Charles Cros of France has awarded the Molinari Quartet a “Heartthrob” for its recording of R. Murray Schafer’s Quartets 1 to 7, published on the ATMA Classique label. Also, the Quartet is proud to share a Juno Award 2004 with Schafer for the recording of his 8th String Quartet, recognized as the best new work of the year.
The Molinari Quartet was heard twice as soloist with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and was invited to perform in numerous concert series and festivals including IJsbreker (Amsterdam), Présences (Radio-France, Paris), Festival Octobre en Normandie (France), GMART (Hannover, Germany), Conarte (Mexico), as well as in all the important Canadian festivals.