Biography

Stéphanie Bozzini

  • Montréal, Québec, 1974
  • Performer (viola)

Stéphanie Bozzini is a multi-faceted modern-day violist, with significant contributions in various musical fields ranging from historically informed performance to new music improvisation. She is a founding member of Quatuor Bozzini, a new music ensemble that celebrated its twentieth year in 2020. Noted for its recordings and concerts in the New York Times and The Guardian, Quatuor Bozzini’s prizes include the 2018 Opus Prize for Artist of the Year, and finalist in the Grand Prix du Conseil des Arts de Montréal 2012.

With Quatuor Bozzini, she has appeared at many major festivals in Europe and the Americas. The quartet’s numerous recordings, from their label Collection QB, have garnered myriad prizes, nominations and acclaimed critics most notably from the Conseil québécois de la musique, as well as the 2009 German Recording Critics’ prize.

Her playing is often characterized as supple and intense, with the deep and rich sonorities so prized in a chamber musician. Collaborations outside the quartet include larger ensembles (Arion, Les Violons du Roy, Tafelmusik, Tonhalle Orchestra, SMCQ), and solo engagements in Europe (HCMF, RU; Ostrava Days Festival, Czech Republic; NY MUSIK, Sweden) and the USA (REDCAT CalArts, Los Angeles). Stéphanie Bozzini teaches viola at Concordia University, and coaches the next generation of composers and performers via the Quatuor Bozzini’s Performer’s Kitchen, Composer’s Kitchen, and Bozzini Lab. She lives in Montréal with her husband and three children.

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On Disc

  • In most of Ana Sokolović’s work, an extra-musical element serves as a source of inspiration…
  • Originally written for orchestra, Phill Niblock’s Disseminate (1998) and Baobab (2011) were arranged by the composer specifically for the Bozzini Quartet, or rather, for ‘multiples’ of the Quartet: twenty different tracks are mixed in each piece — twenty different instruments, the equivalent of five string quartets…
  • Organizational structures hide the phenomena on which they are built…
  • The guitarist, composer and performer Kim Myhr, whose previous Hubro release, You | me, received the accolade of a shortlist nomination for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize, composed the extraordinary music and text piece pressing clouds passing crowds as a commission for the 2016 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Québec, Canada…
  • A Canada Council for the Arts commission, dedicated to Quatuor Bozzini…
  • 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…