Émilie Girard-Charest and Miguel Matamoro selected to compose new works for Quasar and Trio Zukan


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Montreal, August 1st, 2020 — Quasar and the Trio Zukan are pleased to announce the names of the two composers selected to compose new works for the cultural exchange project between Quebec and the Basque Autonomous Community in partnership with Musikagile a k and the Le Vivier Groupe.

Miguel Matamoro and Émilie Girard-Charest have been chosen from among the numerous applicants who responded to our call for submissions launched throughout Quebec and the Spanish Basque country.

Quasar and the Trio Zukan would like to thank all those composers who proposed their candidacy, as well as the members of the Selection Committee who studied the dossiers submitted with great attention and interest. The committee members were knocked out by the caliber of the candidates as well as the creativity and diversity of the projects proposed.

The exceptional quality of her works, such as “Bestiary” written for Quasar, in conjunction with her experience with traditional or atypical instruments, are the main characteristics that attracted us to the candidacy of Émilie Girard-Charest. Her intention to develop her language for saxophone quartet along with the presence of accordion percussion and txistu promises a work of high artistic potential with new and surprising tonalities, but above all, it represents a major compositional challenge for such an atypical instrumentation., a challenge that Émilie is already facing with determination, courage and enthusiasm.

– Gorka Cathediano, Trio Zukan

Miguel Matamoro’s candidacy particularly impressed us with the richness of invention and the great refinement of his musical gesture. His sophisticated writing, both limpid and organic, won us over. His talent for developing musical material, the originality and effectiveness of his forms as well as his dramatic sense promise a most fruitful collaboration.

– Marie-Chantal Leclair, Quasar

Émilie Girard-Charest

Émilie Girard-Charest is a cellist, a composer and an improviser. Émilie holds a degree in cello (Denis Brott) and in composition (Michel Gonneville) from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal and a CoPeCo Master (Contemporary Performance and Composition) from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. She is enrolled as a doctorate student at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon under the supervision of Philippe Hurel and Laurent Pottier, where since 2016 she has pursued her work on the development of an ergonomic notation for cello microtonality

She has several recordings to her credit, with Ambiances Magnétiques, Improtest Records, Kohlenstoff Records and & records. She has participated in many festivals around the world: in Canada and the United States, as well as Belgium, Austria, Germany, Chile, Argentina, Estonia, Finland, Spain and Macedonia. She has also given concerts in France, Russia and Uruguay.

She collaborates regularly with associates in the theater, dance and performance milieu. She is the recipient of the Career Development Grant from the Fondation du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (2014), the Fernand-Lindsay European Composition Prize (2015) and the Robert-Fleming Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts (2019).

Miguel Matamoro

Miguel Matamoro (1991) studied composition in San Sebastian at MUSIKENE, the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, as well as in Madrid at the Katarina Gurska School of Music, where he obtained his Masters in Contemporary Instrumental Music. During his training, Miguel Matamoro also took part in many master classes with renowned musicians, in addition to having personally studied with composer Michael Finnissy.

Miguel Matamoro’s music has been performed by a number of symphony orchestras, ensembles and soloists such as the Jánacek Philharmonic Orchestra, the Basque National Symphony Orchestra, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, the Zukan Trio, the Ciklus Ensemble, Taller Sonoro and Clara Novakova. His works have been performed in several festivals in Europe (Bilbao, San Sebastian, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona, among others) as well as in Mexico.

In 2012, Miguel Matamoro won the EMCW composition prize and in 2018 he was commissioned for a work for orchestra and choir by the Galician Council of Culture

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The works will be premiered in Montreal on January 27th, 2021, during a concert presented with the Le Vivier Groupe. They will then be reprised in the Spanish Basque Country in the fall of 2021.

Various activities, both live and on the web, will allow the public to follow the development of the project.


Jagoba Astiazaran, composer

Gorka Cathediano, Trio Zukan

Ramon Lazkano, composter

Marie-Chantal Leclair, Quasar saxophone quartet Philippe Leroux,composer

This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Council of arts and letters of Quebec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. Our thanks go out to all our partners, who allow us to undertake our activities.

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