Bozzini Lab Vancouver 2014

About

Acclaimed Montreal string quartet Quatuor Bozzini will give an intensive workshop on composing for strings from May 29 to June 6, 2014, in Vancouver (BC). Hosted by the School for the Contemporary Arts at SFU, the workshop is intended for students who are in undergraduate composition programs, or who have recently graduated. Besides the quartet, composers Owen Underhill (SFU) and Christopher Butterfield (UVIC) will act as mentors.

The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary compositional ideas. Those accepted to the workshop will be given composition exercises as a starting point for the week’s work, which they will be expected to prepare in advance. Finished works for string quartet are not required by the start of the course.

A public presentation will be held at the end of the week to present work done during the workshop.

Nine composers will be accepted; cost is CAN $650. Participants will be expected to arrange their own travel and accommodation. The program will take place in Simon Fraser University’s new cultural facility, the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, in downtown Vancouver.

Applicants should submit scores and live recordings (if available) of two recent compositions in any genre; a short outline for a creatively ambitious new work for string quartet; and a resumé, to:office@quatuorbozzini.ca (see details below). Deadline for applications to be received is Monday, February 24th, 2014. Participants will be announced by mid-March.

Participant Composers

  • Sébastien Lachaume
  • Maren Lisac
  • Maxime Daigneault
  • Brian Garbet
  • Matt Kaufhold
  • Jeff Ens
  • Dave Riedstra
  • Zulfikar Nathoo
  • Janet Sit

Mentor Composers

  • Owen Underhill
  • Christopher Butterfield

Bozzini Lab

The Bozzini Lab is an intensive workshop on composing for strings intended for young composers in the early to middle stages of their studies or artistic development. The goals of the workshop are to improve technical skills for contemporary writing for strings and string quartet, and to provide a supportive environment for visionary compositional ideas.