Olga Ranzenhofer, First violin • Frédéric Bednarz, Second violin • Frédéric Lambert, viola • Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello
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.
Recipient of 18 Opus Prizes awarded by the Quebec Music Council to underline musical excellence on the Quebec concert stage, the Molinari Quartet is described by the critics as an “essential” and “prodigious” ensemble, even “Canada’s answer to the Kronos or Arditti Quartet”. In addition to many Canadian works, the Molinari Quartet’s repertoire includes among others, quartets by Bartók,Berg, Britten, Corigliano, Debussy, Dusapin, Dutilleux, Glass, Gubaidulina, Kurtág, Ligeti, Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Prokofiev, Ravel, Rihm, Schnittke, Schoenberg, Shostakovich and Webern.
The Molinari Quartet was heard twice as soloist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and was invited to perform in numerous concert series and festivals throughout Canada, the United States, Mexico, China and Europe.
Its recent CDs (Noravank, Schnittke’s complete quartet cycle, the quartets 8-12 by R. M. Schafer, the Gubaidulina cycle) have received rave revues from, among others, The Strad, Gramophone (twice selected as Editor’s Choice) Diapason and Fanfare. Launched in October 2001, the Molinari Quartet International Competition for Composition has had an enormous success. Over its six editions it has received over 750 new quartet scores from 65 countries.