Since 1999, Quatuor Bozzini has been an original voice in new, experimental and classical music. Their skew is radically contemporary, propelling the hyper-creative Montréal scene, and beyond. Not content to parlay received wisdom, the quartet cultivates an ethos of risk-taking, and boldly venture off the beaten track. Quatuor Bozzini stands out with their “extraordinary playing” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). With rigorous qualitative criteria, they have nurtured a vastly diverse repertoire, unbiased by the currents of fashion. This has led to over four hundred commissioned pieces, as well as close to five hundred premiered works. A Quatuor Bozzini concert is an intensely shared experience, with meticulous and sensuous attention to detail.
Clemens Merkel’s unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled understanding of microtonal or unconventional harmonic language, and its unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations of Bach and John Cage, and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montréal’s Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging experimentalists to today’s most revered composers.
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.
A passionate chamber player, cellist Isabelle Bozzini is dedicated to exploring two parallel worlds — new music of all kinds and music on period instruments. This endeavour continuously challenges her and nourishes her artistic aspirations.
Alissa Cheung is a member of Quatuor Bozzini, based in Montréal, QC. Her solo and chamber performances have taken her throughout Canada, USA, Europe and Asia, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian UK, the Edmonton Journal, the Edmonton Sun, and has been broadcast on British Broadcasting Corporation (UK), Österreichischen Rundfunks (Austria), Yleisradio (Finland), Nederlandse Publieke Omroep (The Netherlands), and CBC Radio (Canada).