About the Festival

Chamber music is the most intimate of musical art forms. Its collaborative characteristic is one of musical democracy in action. Each person has a specific role to play and contributes to the interpretation and performance such that the whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts.

A unique element of the Festival’s mandate is to encourage emerging talent of the highest order putting them onstage side-by-side with some of the finest, experienced artists in the world. This creates a stimulating symbiosis for the audience and performer alike.

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival is unique and compelling. No other Festival can compare!

Mission

The mission of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival is threefold:

  • To present unparalleled excellence in classical, jazz and other forms of chamber music.
  • To showcase internationally renowned artists and rising stars from Canada and abroad.
  • To showcase the richness and diversity of Montreal as an international cultural hub.

The MCMF has always favored the promotion of chamber music in all its forms. The use of music as a universal tool for communication and its contribution to overall well-being are of paramount importance to the MCMF.

The MCMF is also committed to making chamber music accessible to the widest possible audience while striving for excellence and innovation in programming. It has always strived to present the greatest international artists and young future stars and, as often as possible, together on the same stage. The MCMF also showcases Montreal’s rich culture and superb heritage and welcomes music lovers from beyond its borders.

The MCMF’s mission includes introducing the public to chamber music by offering free concerts often given by artists at the beginning of their careers. These young performers, who are undoubtedly among the best emerging musicians in Canada, are part of the MCMF’s effort to make original content available to strengthen ties with the community and deepen awareness of its artistic offerings and cultural impact.

History

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival was founded in 1995 by one of Canada’s greatest artists, cellist and conductor Denis Brott. Since its inception, the MCMF’s mission has been born of a fervent desire to create unique experiences for the public and the artists. Convinced that chamber music is an intimate language that begins where words end, each performer invited to play at our Festival is excellent, committed and passionate. Each is the intermediary through which the message of the music is heard. The artist’s sincerity, humility and commitment are essential to creating the unique bond that makes the concert an unforgettable experience.

The MCMF has been considered a major reference event in the North American musical landscape and one of the most renowned chamber music festivals in the world. Chamber music has an intimate character that captures the emotion emanating from each of the instruments and works presented. These distinct languages are juxtaposed with finesse to give the ensemble its full scope and color. The performers present a vast musical repertoire, in an absolute and spellbinding cohesion. It is the art of collaboration at its best.

As James Ehnes, internationally renowned Canadian violinist and one of the artists who regularly performs at the MCMF, says:

“The Montreal Chamber Music Festival is one of Canada’s cultural gems and has been an important part of my life for over twenty years. Few institutions in Canada have done as much for this art form as well as for the fellowship of chamber musicians from around the world.”

Press

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    OUR TEAM

    Denis Brott, C.M. C.Q.
    Founder & Artistic Director

    Julie Brott
    Project Manager

    Geneviève Levasseur
    Operations, Development, and Communications Coordinator

    Adèle Stephan
    Bookkeeper

    MARELLE COMMUNICATIONS
    Public Relations and Social Media

    Konstant Studio
    Graphic Design

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    Francis Malka
    President
    Philanthropist 

    Denis Brott, C.M.
    Vice President
    Founder & Artistic Director
    Professor, Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

    Georgia Leigh de Villafranca
    Treasurer

    Marissa Nuss
    President, Marissa Nuss & Associates

    Marc Roy
    Secretary
    Associate, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

    Michael Boer
    President 2002-2018
    President Emeritus 2018-2021

    PARTNERS AND SPONSORS

    The Festival thanks all their loyal sponsors and partners!

    DONATORS

    Phyllis Lambert Foundation

    Alex U. Soyka Foundation

    The William and Nancy Turner Foundation

    Stephen & Lillian Vineberg Family Foundation

    Michael Boyd

    Jill de Villafranca & David Kostiuk

    Phyllis Dietcher

    John Hobday

    Yvon Hotte

    John D. Hopkins

    Nadia Moretto & David Sela

    Robin Quinlan

    J. Sebastian van Berkom

    Francis Malka