Presentation Document


What the Press Says…

On Stage

“The biggest compliment one can pay any composer in today’s crowded musical world is to say that their music has a distinctive voice. Catlin Smith’s undoubtedly has that.”

The Guardian (UK), November 2017

“I cannot imagine a listener being unmoved by this music, particularly when delivered by players capable of rendering its gestures with the unanimity of an accordion’s bellows and the naturalness of human breath.”

The Log Journal (USA), August 2017

“Toward the end, a brief viola solo attained a moody grandeur worthy of the late Romantics.”

The New York Times (USA), August 2017

“Compelling music, compellingly played… a marvellous performance and clearly a definitive interpretation.”

Edmonton Classical Music (Canada), March 2017

“***** Stars — It was quite simply a revelation, a cleansing of the ears, and played with matchless conviction and immaculate technique.”

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.”

, October 2016

“***** Stars — Bozzinis have a wonderful way with his exquisite monochromes”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Nieuwe Noten (Netherlands), September 2016

On Disc

“The activities of Lepage and Lussier — quirkily proficient in clarinet and guitar respectively — are exquisitely complemented by Bozzini’s strings…”

Chants et danses… with Strings! in Touching Extremes (Italy), September 2017

“At times haunting and tense, their sound is also unadorned, unaffected and exquisite.”

Christopher Butterfield: Trip in The WholeNote (Canada), August 2017

“Overall an extremely satisfying release — absorbing music incisively performed by Quatuor Bozzini.”

Christopher Butterfield: Trip in The Squid’s Ear (USA), June 2017

“The sonic narrative on track ten […] sums up the duo’s interaction most succulently, politically and meaningfully.”

Chants et danses… with Strings! in The WholeNote #22:9 (Canada), June 2017

“… uniquely beautiful, but defiantly provocative works.”

Drifter in The WholeNote #22:8 (Canada), May 2017

“Over the past year or so I haven’t been alone in noticing how much of the freshest, most intriguing and affecting music has been coming from Canadian composers.”

Drifter in Boring Like A Drill, May 2017

“Impeccable playing from Apartment House and Quatuor Bozzini, the Barcelona and Real Madrid of small experimental music ensembles…”

Drifter in Fluid Radio (UK), May 2017

“… also alights on some lovely episodes of waxing and waning counterpoint, its fragility countered by the unity displayed by the quartet as a whole.”

Drifter in 5:4 (UK), April 2017

“Evocative imagery for truly evocative music-making.”

Drifter in Sequenza 21 (USA), April 2017

Drifter is impossible to fault; it is impeccable from first note to last”

Drifter in All About Jazz (USA), April 2017

Upcoming Concerts

December 4: Émilie Mouchous & Bernard Gagnon; Quatuor Bozzini (No hay banda), Montréal, Québec

April 23 to April 28: Composer’s Kitchen Residency (Composer’s Kitchen 2018), Montréal, Québec

April 28: Concert Composer’s Kitchen (Composer’s Kitchen 2018), Montréal, Québec

September 3 to September 7: Composer’s Kitchen Residency (Composer’s Kitchen 2018, Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018), Utrecht, Netherlands


Bozzini Quartet
4816, rue Clark — Montréal (Québec) H2T 2T5 — Canada
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