A word from the Artistic Director

Dear friends,

Since its inception, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival has shone on the international stage with its innovative programming, which combines various artistic disciplines such as dance, literature, silent film and visual arts to music.  These surprising alliances not only enrich the musical experience offered to the public, but also create a unique artistic effervescence in Montreal. The Festival makes a point of bringing together, on the same stage, some of the world’s greatest international and emerging artists. These unforgettable and memorable encounters have contributed to the Festival's worldwide reputation and continue to be at the center of the organization's mission.

2017 will be the year of all celebrations, with Montreal's 375th anniversary, the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67. Needless to say, we would like to seize this unique opportunity to showcase outstanding artists and unprecedented projects to expand the cultural influences of our city. 

The heart of FMCM 2017's activities will be dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven - one of the greatest masters of classical music and a key figure in the remarkable period of historical transition that saw the emergence of the classic and romantic eras, including important changes in the artistic, political and scientific spheres.  

From April to May 2017, the Festival will be presenting a series of bilingual conferences in partnership with McGill's School of Continuing Education, under the direction of musicologist Richard Turp and with several distinguished speakers and public figures. This series of seminars will set the stage for the flagship event of the FMCM 2017: the Complete String Quartets of Beethoven, presented by the renowned Dover Quartet in a cycle of 6 concerts. Each of the concerts will be preceded by a talk with the artists and Mr. Turp, who will reveal the secrets of the repertoire within the program. With this focus, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival wishes to draw the portrait of an artist whose course was marked by the resounding appeal of the French Revolution, "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity", a theme that has still resonates with us today.  

Along with the 2017 festival there will be several free performances featuring the stars of the next generation which will be presented through various “Maisons de la culture”. 

Join us to celebrate the best of chamber music!

Denis Brott, C.M.
Founder and Artistic Director

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