Biography

Bozzini Quartet

Since 1999, the Bozzini Quartet has been an original voice in new, contemporary, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montreal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion. This has led to over a hundred and thirty commissioned pieces, as well as close to two hundred other premiered works. A Bozzini Quartet concert is an art happening, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.

Finalist to the 28th Grand Prix du CAM 2012, The Bozzini Quartet has won three Opus prizes from the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM): “International Outreach” (2007), “Contemporary Disc of the Year” (2004), and “Discovery of the Year” (2001). It is also the recipient of the Étoile-Galaxie Prize from Radio-Canada (2001), and the German Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2007). The quartet presents its own annual season of concerts in Montréal, the Série qb, that includes Le Salon des compositeurs (Composers’ Salon) and the Composer’s Kitchen, as well as touring Europe, the US, South America and Canada, at the invitation of festivals such as MärzMusik (Berlin, Germany), Ultima (Oslo, Norway), Huddersfield (UK), Klangspuren (Austria), NovemberMusic S’Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) and Présences (France). It has also performed at: Deutschlandfunk Forum Neue Music, Klangraum Düsseldorf, Schreyahner Herbst, ADE*vantgarde, ARTlantische Tage, SWR Ars Nova (Germany); Porgy & Bess (Vienna), Open Music Graz, Bludenze Tage (Austria); Moments Musicaux Aarau (Switzerland); Crash, Mostly Modern Series (Dublin, Ireland); Transart (Italy); Ostrava Music Days, SOUNDart Brno (Czech Republic); Nordic Music Days (Iceland); Rikskonserter, Ny Musik (Sweden); Bergen Avgarde Series (Norway); BBC Hear and Now (UK); Muziekgebouw (Netherland), Shift (Amsterdam and Toronto) Orgelpark Amsterdam,; The Kitchen, Merkin Hall (New York, NY); June in Buffalo, Beethoven Slee Cycle (Buffalo, NY); Calarts (Los Angeles, CA); Montréal/Nouvelles musiques, SMCQ, Suoni per il Popolo, Innovations en concert, l’Envers (Montréal), Festival de Lanaudière, Domaine Forget (Saint-Irénée, Québec); Music on Main (Vancouver) Artspring, Open Space Arts Society (Victoria); The Banff Center, New Works (Calgary), Music Toronto, and the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

In 2004 the quartet created its own recording label, Collection QB, in collaboration with Dame / Actuelle CD. This label gives the quartet and other artists the freedom to record composers such as Steve Reich, Jo Kondo, Howard Skempton, James Tenney, and Malcolm Goldstein, as well as Canadian composers including Jean Lesage, Claude Vivier, Michael Oesterle and Michel Gonneville. The Bozzini Quartet has recorded as well with Centrediscs (Owen Underhill, 2012), Wandelweiser (Jürg Frey, 2006), Wergo-Deutscher Musikrat (Thomas Stiegler, 2006) and ATMA Classique and can be heard regularly on both European and Canadian radio.

Lauded for its “intense musicality and immense sensitivity” (Musicworks, Canada), the “phenomenal” Bozzini Quartet (Die Zeit, Allemagne) seeks to bring together artists from different horizons, collaboration being the sinews of every artistic creation. With a view toward the future of its field, the quartet also supports the next generation of composers with its annual musical “laboratory,” the Composer’s Kitchen, a week-long workshop and concert event that brings, since 2005, next-wave composers together with mentor composers and members of the quartet. With the participation to numerous residences (Simon Fraser University, Concordia University, June in Buffalo, Théâtre La Chapelle), workshops and master classes the quartet has assured an intensive cooperation with many musicians to whom commissions are but the first step into creativity.

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On Disc

  • The first in the Canadian Composers Series of CDs is a double album of chamber works by Linda Catlin Smith, who was born in New York, but studied in Canada and has lived in Toronto for over 25 years…
  • The five pieces on this disc span roughly twenty years: Lullaby was written in 1991, and fall in 2013…
  • “It has been my conviction for a number of years that Music (and Art in general) must simply assume the humble task of describing its own end, or at any rate its gradual extinction,” wrote Italian maestro Aldo Clementi (1925—2011) in 1973…
  • The string quartet sounds sometimes like the silence of a square, a room, a wall or a landscape…
  • An inspiring visit of the exhibit Leduc, Borduas et le paysage de Saint-Hilaire, presented in 2005 by the Musée des beaux-arts de Mont-Saint-Hilaire, incited a desire to compose works paying hommage to these two painters as well as to Riopelle…
  • A new vision of John Cage, via his complete works for string quartet…
  • The four pieces for string quartet recorded here, including a quintet with trombone and clarinet respectively, span a period of 1997-2011…
  • A vibrant portrait of the state of the art in Canadian new music…
  • I think of my fundamental activity as a musician as listening, especially to music…
  • Sehr langsam “Very slow” — a tempo indication, as well as the title of this piece…
  • Le Mensonge et l’Identité, written with four hands by the duo Derome/Hétu, was premiered at Deutschlandfunk’s Forum Neue Musik in 2008…
  • Bozzini Quartet joins forces with composer Michel Gonneville for a unique contemporary opera on the “hot” issue of the ecological crisis, based on the thoughts of eminent Quebecois ecologist Pierre Dansereau…
  • The sixth volume of the collection, Arbor Vitæ, pays homage to the Canadian-American composer James Tenney with performances of the complete quartets and quintets…
  • Experimental music, like Thomas Stiegler’s, invites the listener to find his way through unfamiliar acoustical environments…
  • Two contemporary artists, each strong and distinct…
  • “Material can be anonymous…
  • On October 13th, 2005 DAME is proud to present the second Collection QB release: Different Trains by Steve Reich performed by Bozzini Quartet…
  • Moving freely from avant-garde events to traditional concerts, the Bozzini Quartet was characterized by the Irish Times as a “group which gets its teeth into music: quiet or loud, fast or slow, these Canadian musicians play with compelling engagement…