On Stage

  • ***** Stars — It was quite simply a revelation, a cleansing of the ears, and played with matchless conviction and immaculate technique.
    Traces: a lecture-recital by the Bozzini Quartet (Sound Festival 2016) (October 28) and 1 other in The Scotsman (UK), November 2016
  • The comtemplatieve stacking of musical layers, the extremely long lyrical lines, interrupted by great silences, the tones were sometimes detained for half a minute, all in concentration brought by the musicians: it was an inexpressible and indefinable experience.
    Bozzini Quartet (Sounds of Music 2016) (October 30) in , October 2016
  • ***** Stars — Bozzinis have a wonderful way with his exquisite monochromes
    Bozzini Quartet (Sound Festival 2016) (October 28) in The Guardian (UK), October 2016
  • I believe that this is a great opportunity for any composer who wants to become the best chef in their musical kitchen.
    Workshop (Composer’s Kitchen 2015) (June 8 to June 16) and 3 others in The Sampler (UK), October 2016
  • The sounds are remarkably solid and compacted in the string quartet Between Blue, partly because he regularly makes the entire quartet playing the same musical line, make it sound like one instrument.
    Composer’s Kitchen (2) (Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2016, Composer’s Kitchen 2016) (September 8) in Nieuwe Noten (Netherlands), September 2016
  • The piece has an intoxicating character… Oesterle brings us in a sort of daze with its repetitive patterns, thanks to the tight interplay of this excellent quartet.
    Late Night Gaudeamus Award 2016 (Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2016) (September 7) in Nieuwe Noten (Netherlands), September 2016
  • This was easily the best improvisation by a large Quebec ensemble heard here in many years.
    in All About Jazz (USA), May 2016
  • Micro-variations au programme, différents réglages en cours de route… Paisible, méditatif, sensuel.
  • Ces pièces, qui ne comportent pas plus de 100 notes chacune, sont plus que des balbutiements.
  • Plusieurs ont été soufflées par l’interprétation experte faite par Angell (Thus Owls) de la poésie de Caroline Bergvall.
  • Another highlight is the Canadian Bozzini Quartet interpretations of four works for string quartet including the first one from 1933-34 where the radicality of the musical language acts as a rotary stage where tapestry — like patterns slowly get unveiled.
    Johanna M Beyer: Local — Universal (February 7) and 1 other in Göteborgs-Posten (Sweden), February 2016
  • … sensitively and superbly played by the Canadian ensemble Quatuor Bozzini.
    7. Quatuor Bozzini: Jürg Frey (hcmf// 2015) (November 22) in examiner (UK), November 2015
  • Virtuosic control… the Bozzini Quartet
    7. Quatuor Bozzini: Jürg Frey (hcmf// 2015) (November 22) in The Guardian (UK), November 2015
  • … plus immersive; plus exigeante par moment, plus introspective…
    Musique de chambre (noire) (Akousma 12) (October 29, October 30) in Le canal auditif (Québec), November 2015
  • I’ve rarely seen a group of musicians look at each other with as much determined, unflappable focus. Everything about it was simply breathtaking.
    7. Quatuor Bozzini: Jürg Frey (hcmf// 2015) (November 22) in 5:4 (UK), November 2015
  • L’ensemble à cordes, spécialisé dans les musiques actuelles et contemporaines, a témoigné de son plus grand respect pour les œuvres d’Alvin Lucier et Pauline Oliveros en les interprétant avec application et sensibilité.
  • The Bozzini Quartet’s care and precision was essential to the execution of the piece; the subtleties of the work were perceptible due to their exact microtonal tuning and synchronous ensemble playing. The quartet confronted the challenges of this music with confidence, their dedication to the work evident in their effort to bring these acoustic phenomena to fruition.
    Alvin Lucier: Small Waves (Suoni Per Il Popolo 2015) (June 7) in Bachtrack, June 2015
  • … la volonté de décomposer certains gestes […], de les détourner […], nous sensibilise à la production même du son, à ses infimes caractéristiques, à ses multiples possibilités aussi, mais nous ramène surtout à l’essence même de ce que les anciens appelaient l’harmonie des sphères.
    Musique d’art pour quintette à cordes (Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2015) (March 5) in Clavier bien tempéré (Québec), March 2015
  • Contact; Vault (1997), by the very talented Canadian composer, Martin Arnold was an intensely moving composition
    Roulette / Interpretations: String Noise; Quatuor Bozzini (January 29) in Huffington Post (USA), February 2015
  • … alert and physically strong interplay…
  • The superb performance gave rich nuances to the piece’s slight fluctuations.
    Morton Feldman Piano and String Quartet (Japan — Fall 2014) (September 11) and 2 others in On Stage (Japan), September 2014
  • They took to the physicality of this piece perfectly, as they did to the Kagel quartets as well, both similarly concerned with the line beyond live music and performance art.
    Women Box (Tête à Tête Opera Festival 2014) (August 7, August 8) in I Care if You Listen (USA), August 2014
  • Il s’agissait donc de haute performance pour public averti.
    John Cage: les quatuors à cordes (Salon qb 2014) (April 22) and 1 other in Montréalistement (Québec), April 2014
  • … une programmation moderne riche en couleurs, en textures, en sonorités et des moments puissants, enlevés ou méditatifs, d’une musicalité profonde.
    John Cage: les quatuors à cordes (Salon qb 2014) (April 22) and 1 other in La Scena Musicale (Québec), April 2014
  • … les grandes collaborations artistiques créent des grandes choses.
    Marleau fête Gougeon (Homage Series Denis Gougeon) (March 24) in Montréalistement (Québec), March 2014
  • Each sound travelled through the audience, giving them unrivalled access to the sound of the quartet.
    Bozzini Quartet (Bristol New Music 2014) (February 22) in Lizzy Barnes Music Blog, March 2014
  • … it was a gorgeous performance.
    Bozzini Quartet (Bristol New Music 2014) (February 23) in 5:4 (UK), February 2014
  • … the more we listened, the more compellingly beautiful and infinite these meditations became.
    Dark Music Days (February 1) in The Arts Desk (UK), February 2014
  • Clementi’s peculiar genius we are familiar with, but Jeney’s is still astonishing, like a surpremely sensitive and skilful Bach of our own time.
    To point out counterpoint (Ny Musik — Spring 2014) (February 4) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), February 2014
  • This project had a huge impact on my aesthetic and working method and I am so incredibly privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such a class act as the Bozzini Quartet
    Workshop (Composer’s Kitchen 2013, hcmf// 2013) (November 17 to November 20) in seanlclancy (UK), December 2013
  • It is there, in the total uncertainty, that the great mystic takes place, and in Hallnäs’ piece it does so, not only mystically but also magically. The rest was to be found in the exquisite playing of Canadian Stéphanie.
    Stéphanie Bozzini (Ny Musik — Fall 2013) (November 12) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), November 2013
  • The Bozzini Quartet is a separate but remarkably sympathetic ensemble, with a deeply held understanding of this constellation of practices that comes through in every note.
  • The combination of discipline, great technique, and a genuine interest in taking this music on its own terms was remarkable from each of the members of the Bozzini Quartet and from Philip Thomas.
    Salon qb II (Salon qb 2013) (April 18) and 1 other in sound expanse (USA), July 2013
  • Profondément stimulant
    Wandelweiser + Bozzini (Suoni Per Il Popolo 2013, Wandelweiser in Montréal) (June 17) in Clavier bien tempéré (Québec), June 2013
  • I’m just back from two fabulous weeks in Montréal where I was a participant in the Bozzini Quartet’s Composer’s Kitchen…
    Workshop (Composer’s Kitchen 2013) (April 21 to April 27) in seanlclancy (UK), May 2013
  • Lors de la 9e édition de leur Composer’s Kitchen, le Quatuor Bozzini invitait hier les curieux à entrer dans l’antre de la création, à humer ce qui bouillonnait dans le chaudron, en proposant quatre pièces de jeunes compositeurs.
    Concert (Composer’s Kitchen 2013) (April 27) in Clavier bien tempéré (Québec), April 2013
  • What’s the last concert where all the composers were new to you?
    Salon qb I (Salon qb 2013) (April 17) in The Gazette (Québec), April 2013
  • Quatuor Bozzini are more experimental… Maybe maverick is a little (better).
    21. Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2012) (November 22) in The Wire (UK), February 2013
  • Other far-out explorations were engaged in by Canada’s Quatuor Bozzini.
    21. Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2012) (November 22) in The Irish Times (Ireland), November 2012
  • … the prize for the weirdest noise produced at the year’s festival was probably taken by Quatuor Bozzini, who played Simon Steen-Andersen’s String Quartet No 2 with masking tape on their bows.
    21. Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2012) (November 22) in The Guardian (UK), November 2012
  • … one of the world’s great new-music quartets…
    21. Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2012) (November 22) in The Telegraph (UK), November 2012
  • Four 4 was a soulful tribute to a Great
    Open Music (November 16) in Kronen Zeitung (Austria), November 2012
  • Quatuor Bozzini played (Cage) with high connoisseurship and fine sense of sound.
    Open Music (November 16) in Kronen Zeitung (Austria), November 2012
  • La relation entre les musiciens, le danseur et la chorégraphie est belle, juste et fragile.
    Une idée sinon vraie… (October 24, October 25, October 26) in Le Devoir (Québec), October 2012
  • La nouvelle chorégraphie de Marc Boivin se nourrit de la musique d’Ana Sokolović, du Quatuor Bozzini et de la commedia dell’arte.
    Une idée sinon vraie… (October 24, October 25, October 26) in Le Devoir (Québec), October 2012
  • To the sounds of jagged strings, he swung his arms wildly. His choreography was not about trying to make beautiful body lines, but about showing mood and personality changes.
    Une idée sinon vraie… (October 24, October 25, October 26) in The Gazette (Québec), October 2012
  • The audience should expect a compelling questioning. The staging is simple yet ingenious and Ana’s music is evocative.
    Une idée sinon vraie… (October 24, October 25, October 26) in La Scena Musicale (Québec), October 2012
  • No other ensemble could repeat the Bozzinis interpretation, with its thousand colours, all grey, as a critic wrote about their special qualities.
    Bozzinikvartetten — Tid med och utan mått (Ny Musik — Fall 2012) (September 9) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), September 2012
  • The movements of the lines completed the experience and gave it hallucinatory or at least hypnotic qualities. Was it a transparent angel which glided through the room? The way the Bozzini Quartet played, time was repealed by an infinite beauty.
    Terry Jennings — Frusna ögonblick (Ny Musik — Fall 2012) (September 8) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), September 2012
  • Take the Bozzini Quartet, add six young composers, season with two mentors and stir it all together in Montréal for a tantalising menu of contemporary music-making.
    Concert (Composer’s Kitchen 2012) (April 28) in Gramophone (UK), May 2012
  • The Quatuor Bozzini is relentless with regards to the notion of vulnerability in their work, and it is an idea that perhaps characterizes them best as contemporary artists, defining their history to date.
    Ange noir / Black Angel (June 1, June 2, June 2, June 3) in Circuit (Québec), May 2012
  • … the Quatuor Bozzini’s adventure in this daring theater/music creation is typical of the group’s unabashed commitment to exploring possibilities for the contemporary string quartet.
    Ange noir / Black Angel (June 1, June 2, June 2, June 3) in Circuit (Québec), May 2012
  • Such a problem (and its various solutions) only arises from the experience of working through the piece, for which the Kitchen is an invaluable project.
    Concert (Composer’s Kitchen 2012) (April 28) in hcmf// (UK), April 2012
  • Le Quatuor Bozzini s’est révélé un complice idéal, transmettant la profondeur de la partition, l’intimité dans le traitement des timbres et un lyrisme non dépourvu d’une certaine sombreur.
    Thomas devant la fontaine éteinte (January 27) in Clavier bien tempéré (Québec), January 2012
  • … impeccablement interprétée par le Quatuor Bozzini
    Ange noir / Black Angel (June 1, June 2, June 2, June 3) in Clavier bien tempéré (Québec), June 2011
  • … donne une œuvre hybride, inventive, profonde dans les thèmes qu’elle aborde.
    Ange noir / Black Angel (June 1, June 2, June 2, June 3) in Le Devoir (Québec), May 2011
  • Le mensonge et l’identité, une métaphore musicale où libertés individuelles et harmonie font bon ménage.
    Le mensonge et l’identité (Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2011) (February 21) in Le Lien multimédia (Québec), February 2011
  • Marlowe S., was written for the Bozzinis… music for string quartet has always been full of dramatic confrontations between these four instruments, bound together like partners in a marriage, but only in a Jennifer Walshe quartet would the cellist pull a gun on one of the violinists.
    2. Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2010) (November 19) in The Guardian (UK), November 2010
  • The Quatuor puts a silent, calmly precise, thoughtful and highly intense argumentation against a noisy world.
    Oh ton — Förderung aktueller Musik (May 12) in Nordwest-Zeitung (Germany), May 2010
  • … bewundernswert war die eiserne Disziplin mit der das Quatuor Bozzini die scheinbar endlosen Klangflächen fest und stabil hielt…
    Quatuor Bozzini (MaerzMusik 2009) (March 28) in Klassik.com (Germany), March 2009
  • … davantage de satisfactions: Un concert du Quatuor Bozzini, impliqué dans une Trance du compositeur canadien Paul Frehner, et précis dans le 3e quatuor de René Koering, mais qui régale surtout par la Grande Fugue de Beethoven — une véritable fontaine de jouvence et de modernité — et par un somptueux quatuor du compositeur québécois Walter Boudreau
    Les figures du siècle (March 15, March 22) in altamusica.com (France), March 2009
  • L’intégrale des Quatuors à cordes de John Cage, […] traversé avec conviction par notre prodigieux Bozzini.
    John Cage: les quatuors à cordes (February 9) in La Presse (Québec), December 2008
  • … enterprising and gifted…
    James Tenney 1 — In a Large, Open Space (hcmf// 2008) (November 24) and 2 others in The Observer (UK), December 2008
  • … performed at their very best by the Bozzini Quartet
    Portrait Aldo Clementi (November 22) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), November 2008
  • One must congratulate the Quatuor Bozzini on their total commitment to exploring the world of new music on our behalf. It may be many years before concerts like these become less of a puzzle and more of a treat. So be it, and more power to the Bozzini.
    Bozzini Quartet (Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival 2008) (August 5) in Showtimemagazine.ca (Canada), August 2008
  • … a remarkably distinct evening of music.
    Quatuor Bozzini + Malcolm Goldstein (Suoni Per Il Popolo 2008) (June 3) in Panpot (Québec), June 2008
  • Bozzini’s all-Cage evening does its magic. McGill’s Tanna Schulich Hall — an ideal room for this kind of concert — was near full, and the audience was breathtakingly silent. This was Cage lovingly played and received.
    John Cage: les quatuors à cordes (February 9) in The Gazette (Québec), February 2008
  • L’exploit — car c’en fut un — avait attiré 125 personnes.
    John Cage: les quatuors à cordes (February 9) in La Presse (Québec), February 2008
  • The way the world looks today, maybe it’s not so strange that artists in all genres are responding by lifting forth the most clean sense of beauty. Evil does not let itself be fought with something equally crooked, with power or violence, when life itself is in danger. This is how I experience the singularly skilled and brave Canadian Quatuor Bozzini’s choice of expression free from all outward ornamentation to reach the musical core… The musicians made a grand performance… The people of Borås have had the chance to hear one of the most meaningful and finally most successful art-esthetical experiments we know of.
    Quatuor Bozzini (Ny Musik — Fall 2007) (October 8) and 1 other in Borås Tidning (Sweden), November 2007
  • The Quatuor Bozzini convey the authority of their understanding of the music and their enthusiasm for it.
    Music Toronto (November 1) in Showtimemagazine.ca (Canada), November 2007
  • Le Bozzini a choisi ce répertoire… il le défend avec un zèle qui force l’admiration.
    New Simplicity (October 20) in La Presse (Québec), October 2007
  • Arbor Vitae is Tenney’s last composition, commissioned by Montréal’s Quatuor Bozzini, who played it with intense musicality and immense sensitivity…
    Quatuor Bozzini (December 10) in Musicworks #97 (Canada), March 2007
  • … it bordered on the sublime.
    Rikskonserter (Ny Musik — Spring 2007) (February 7) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), February 2007
  • [in Brahms’ Quartet in B Flat Major opus 67] the quartet succeeded remarkably well in bringing out the transparency of sound and to let the melodic material move freely between the four voices… Warm applause will follow the musicians on their eight concerts tour.
    Rikskonserter (January 29) in Uppsala Nya Tidning (Sweden), January 2007
  • There were also some overwhelming moments. One of them was the string quartet Gradients of Detail by the Berlin-based Canadian Chiyoko Szlavnics, performed by the outstanding Bozzini Quartet from Quebec, who successfully realised the rather simple glissando-processes as free flowing moments musicaux… A twenty-minute enigma for the ears, one which never allowed our attention to slacken.
    Berliner Festspiele: MaerzMusik (March 18) in Positionen #66 (Germany), May 2006
  • …(les 3 œuvres) reçurent des exécutions absolument magistrales de la part du Bozzini…
    La Quadrature du cercle (January 17) in La Presse (Québec), January 2006
  • Ces compositeurs ont une chance extrême de pouvoir compter sur un quatuor aussi impliqué, sûr et imaginatif que le Quatuor Bozzini, qui évolue au top-niveau international en la matière.
    La Quadrature du cercle (January 17) in Le Devoir (Québec), January 2006
  • The Bozzini Quartet presented a fabulous concert…
    Quatuor Bozzini (Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2005) (March 5) in Musicworks #92 (Canada), June 2005
  • In a carreer-spanning concert featuring the Bozzini Quartet, Tenney’s specialists, the composer’s ideas are engagingly performed…
    James Tenney — 70 ans (November 11) in Los Angeles Times (USA), November 2004
  • It is close to impossible to catch in words the feeling of this weekend’s four concerts with New Music. It is necessary to start in the right place, with the musicians. Canadian-German Bozzini Quartet is the one quartet in the whole world that I prefer to hear… Clean colours and clean interpretations lift the qualities in the music which are subtle, yet incredibly artistically important.
    Quintets (Ny Musik — Fall 2004) (October 3) and 2 others in Borås Tidning (Sweden), November 2004
  • … and the phenomenal Bozzini Quartet from Canada is leading us into the mountains. The end of [Charles Ives] second quartet is named “Call of the Mountains”. Here the music reaches its limits…
    Maerzmusik — Berliner Festspiele (March 21) in Die Zeit (Germany), April 2004
  • … souple dans son rendu de texte, le Bozzini, fait ressortir un lyrisme personel… On va aller le revoir en concert pour partager avec lui le mûrissement qu’il apportera à cet art.
    Concert de saison II: Hiver (January 15) in Le Devoir (Québec), January 2004
  • Here we have a dream quartet among the string quartets of the world, the Canadian Bozzini Quartet from Montréal… The overtone rich sound that the four musicians supplied in the final number, James Tenney’s Koan, became one of my most sacred moments… The young performers Clemens Merkel and Nadia Francavilla, violin, and Stephanie and Isabelle Bozzini, viola and cello, were like a vision… Played with this etching clarity, brightness and yet cool restraint, (Beethoven’s late quartets) would be an experience we can still only dream of.
    Quatuor Bozzini (December 9) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), December 2003
  • … with this group performing, (Koan from James Tenney) will likely feel like the heavens opening… What a gift we received with (Jurg Frey’s) second quartet… And what glowing playing!
    Quatuor Bozzini (December 9) in Borås Tidning (Sweden), December 2003
  • … visiting Bozzini Quartet, from Canada, took an approach to Glass’ Mishima that unshackled the music… [from] the Bozzini’s performance of James Tenney’s Koan, there was a lot to be learned in the journey…It was the great irony of the program that, in a festival mounted by an ensemble exploring new media, the greatest musical rewards came from string quartets…
    Quatuor Bozzini (December 4) in The Irish Times (Ireland), December 2003
  • … cette formation, tranquillement, est en train de s’imposer comme lieu ardent de la musique vivante ici. Après la qualité de ce qu’il a présenté qui n’a d’égale que celle dont ces instrumentistes jouent, les deux prochaines années au TLC s’annoncent provocatrices de tournants dans le paysage musical de qui n’a froid ni au yeux, ni aux oreilles.
    Événement Wandelweiser, II (September 12) in Le Devoir (Québec), September 2003
  • … lors de l’écoute, l’oreille s’émerveille de se sentir si intimement transportée.
    Quatuor Bozzini (Festival international du Domaine Forget 2003) (August 27) in Le Devoir (Québec), August 2003
  • Quatuor Bozzini brought the 47th annual Slee Beethoven Cycle to a graceful close. The Bozzini is a likable group. The musicians… perform without flash or fanfare… Francavilla was touching in the way she enunciated the beautiful, romantic main theme, without much vibrato, with a hint of a scratch in her sound… the slow movement (of the second “Razumovsky” Quartet) showed a taut togetherness.
    Quatuor Bozzini (May 30) and 1 other in The Buffalo News (USA), June 2003
  • The quartet sound was very beautiful and homogenous, always aiming for transparency. Especially in the early c minor quartet op. 18 n.4 with its tempestuous outside movements the Bozzini Quartet could joyfully romp about and have all the youthful energy of this piece burst out… The final movement (of Beethoven op. 59-2) became a real “bouncer”… (in Beethoven’s quartet op. 135) the Bozzini Quartet showed capricious humour in the Scherzo and impetuous- fierce eruptions in the finale.
    Quatuor Bozzini (May 10) in Rheinische Post (Germany), May 2003
  • … le Bozzini a gardé toute sa transcendance pour la très difficile pièce de Luigi Nono… La grâce y trouve peu à peu son chemin par les quatre interprètes penchés sur leur ouvrage. À tous, bravissimi!
    Un tryptique intimiste (Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques 2003) (March 10) in La Presse (Québec), March 2003
  • The Bozzini Sting Quartet from Canada offered a programme which juxtaposed Wolff’s Exercises out of Songs and Gerald Barry’s 1998. This was an inspired bit of programming, presenting the work of composers whose refractions of their chosen material produced some momentarily similar gestural outcomes. 1998 is possibly Barry’s most rigorously unyelding composition.
    Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2002) (November 25) in The Irish Times (Ireland), December 2002
  • With the Bozzini Quartet’s assured performance of Christian Wolff’s 1974-6 ‘Exercises Out of Songs’, a patchwork quilt of rhythmic variations on folk themes from a wide range of quasi-political sources, the Old Masters of modern music were painting patterns of a complexity and technical mastery to put their disciples to shame.
    Quatuor Bozzini (hcmf// 2002) (November 25) in The Observer (UK), December 2002
  • The Bozzini String Quartet is one of those groups which gets its teeth into music. Quiet or loud, fast or slow, these Canadian musicians play with compelling engagement.
    Mostly Modern Series (November 28) in The Irish Times (Ireland), November 2002
  • The players’ individual intelligences, combined with their well-honed interactive abilities, provided a synergy that elevated each moment of the performance to a “truest possible” experience of music.
    Quatuor Bozzini (May 2) in Musicworks #84 (Canada), September 2002
  • … le Bozzini apporte une jeune et stimulante fraîcheur d’accent à Beethoven, en plus de bien suivre le texte, y compris les reprises et le retour du menuet ‘un peu plus rapide’, tel qu’indiqué.
    Quatuor Bozzini (Festival de Lanaudière 2002) (July 1) in La Presse (Québec), July 2002
  • L’exécution fut précise, le solo de Clemens Merkel convaincant… L’entrée en matière est furieuse… Les dynamiques surprennent et, de fff à ppp, permettent aux interprètes de briller là aussi. Le Quatuor no 3 de Wolfgang Rihm a permis aux cordistes d’atteindre un moment de grâce.
    Quatuor Bozzini (April 14) in La Presse (Québec), April 2002
  • Les chuchotements furtifs des musiciennes achèvent de construire une atmosphère empreinte de mystère… Une soirée de haut calibre…
    Quatuor Bozzini (May 11) in Voir (Québec), May 2001
  • The Bozzini Quartet… developed a concentrated creative energy… sound after sound a breathing, light and mysterious world full of shining details.
    Quatuor Bozzini (May 4) and 2 others in Aargauer Zeitung (Switzerland), May 2001