Opus prize “performer of the year" 2012

Ardent devotees of the music of our time, the Quasar saxophone quartet is dedicated to premiering and promoting contemporary music that is multi-dimensionally conceived. Celebrated for its energy, audacity and exceptional technical ability, Quasar explores different aspects of artistic creation from instrumental music to live electronics, from improvisation to instrumental theatre.

The quartet reserved pride of place for a number of Canadian and international composers, with whom it has formed solid partnerships. It aims to contribute to the development of our musical language and provide a platform for new music experiments, exploration and production.  The quartet premiered over 100 works.

Quasar also regularly collaborates with other ensembles from Canada and abroad, such as the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Viva Voce, Totem Contemporain, Sixtrum and the Arte Quartett. The group's concerts are regularly broadcast by Radio-Canada and the CBC. Quasar also performed as guest soloist with the Montreal Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain, Longueuil Symphony as well as with the DJ orchestra !

The quartet has played throughout Canada and has also toured in several European countries : the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Spain, France, Estonia, Lituania. In 2008, Quasar made its American “début” in Seattle and performed in New York in 2012.

Quasar is the winner of 4 Opus prizes awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique  : the Opus prize “performer of the year”, 2 OPUS prizes “concert of the year in new music and electroacoustics” category and one opus prize in the category “new work of the year”.

Member of Le Vivier, Quasar is supported by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Socan Foundation.

 

Marie-Chantal Leclair
Artistic director, soprano saxophone

Mathieu Leclair
Alto saxophone

André Leroux
Tenor saxophone

Jean-Marc Bouchard Baritone saxophone