Composer’s Kitchen 2017


This unique event revolving around the string quartet is a combination workshop, laboratory, playground, and master class intended for young composers in the advanced stages of their studies or artistic development. Over the course of a week, the Quatuor Bozzini observes the work of four up-and-coming composers. Their compositions are read, played, assessed, analyzed, worked on, played again, and performed in the closing concert. Composers Linda Catlin Smith (CAN) and Bryn Harrison (UK) are the mentors this year. Quatuor Bozzini is pleased to partner again with Embedded — the flagship program of the UK agency Sound and Music — for Composer’s Kitchen 2017.

Mentor Composers


  • Rebecca Bruton
  • Jason Doell
  • Sarah Lianne Lewis
  • Lawrence Dunn


Composer’s Kitchen

Composer’s Kitchen is a professional residency produced by Quatuor Bozzini since 2005 whose aim is to train emerging composers in string quartet writing. This unique event is like an “incubator” for original works, combining workshop, laboratory, playground, and masterclass. The new compositions are read, played, assessed, analysed, worked on, played again and performed in a final concert. The residency occurs over two phases: in the first phase, a week-long workshop occurs in Montréal (Canada); six months later, all the artists reunite in the Composer’s Kitchen second phase which takes place in partnership with an international organization (in the past: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sound and Music/Sound Scotland). Quatuor Bozzini and the participants refresh and review in detail the pieces which have matured over the last number of months. Throughout the process, the composers will be supported by — other than Quatuor Bozzini — the presence of experienced mentors who are amongst the most important figures in new music creation.

“Dare to do what you’ve never dared before!”

Each edition of the Composer’s Kitchen is a chance to rigorously work in a creative, non-competitive and relaxed atmosphere. Participants are encouraged to experiment beyond the limits of convention and to explore new and varied aesthetic styles in a way that their mastery in string quartet writing is strengthened to its highest degree during this enriching experience.

Quatuor Bozzini loves cultivating these relationships with composers beyond the residency period, resulting in a rich network of collaborations. In this way, Quatuor Bozzini always strives to stay active in current trends and practices of emerging composers.