The Molinari Quartet's Eighth International Competition for Composition


Submission period

Wed Nov 4, 2020 at 5 AM UTC

End of submission period

Fri Apr 2 at 4:59 AM UTC

Results date

Fri May 28 at 7 PM UTC

Entry or Course Fee

Registration fee of 30 $ CA per score


Candidates must be 40 years old or less as of April 1st 2021
Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for it, a highly valued but dreadful form to write for, for composers.

The Molinari Quartet contributes to the development of the string quartet literature by encouraging composers to send new original scores to its Competition.

Composers are invited to submit an original work for string quartet. The winning compositions will be played in concert during the Molinari Quartet’s Twentieth and Beyond series to be held in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) during the 2021-2022 concert season.

The jury will be comprised of the Molinari Quartet’s artistic director and its musicians, in addition to well-known Canadian composers, Denis Gougeon and Jimmie LeBlanc who will determine four winners. The winning compositions will be performed by the Molinari Quartet during a special concert during the 2021-2022 season. After the concert performance the jury will deliberate and choose the order of the winners. The First Prize winner shall receive a 3000 $ CA grant as well as a silkscreen by renowned Canadian artist Guido Molinari. The second prize winner will receive a 2000 $ CA grant and the third prize winner a 1000 $ CA grant. The fourth finalist will receive an Honourable Mention. The jury reserves the right not to grant all prizes.

The winners will be invited to work with the Molinari Quartet prior to the winners’concert and to participate in the Dialogues sur le Plateau series, a public workshop of discussions and analysis produced by the Molinari Quartet.

Candidates must be 40 years old or less as of April 1st 2021, the due date for registration.
The work must not exceed 20 minutes.
Only works for string quartet that have neither been performed professionally nor published as of April 1st 2021 shall be accepted.
Works having been performed in a pedagogical context (school, masterclass, workshop) by students and not a professional ensemble are eligible.
Works for quartet and electronics are accepted.
Registration fees of 30 $ CA must accompany all scores.

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