Works by John Dowland, Thierry Tidrow andTrevor Grahl

From baroque to contemporary, four centuries of music at your fingertips! Quatuor Bozzini and Les Boréades de Montréal bring together their respective strings and musical worlds in a programme that is at the antipodes of time. Dowland’s “Seven Lachrymæ Pavanes,” one of the 17th century’s great successes, intertwine with the premieres of the young canadian composers Trevor Grahl and Thierry Tidrow. Freely inspired by Renaissance astronomy and stellar movements, they propose short compositions that revolve around the pavanes, taking you from one musical planet to another.

Concert program

Nova and Supernova (2020) Premiere
Thierry Tidrow (1986-)

Lachrimæ or Seaven Teares (1604)
John Dowland (1563-1626)

Ephemerides (2020) Premiere
Trevor Grahl (1984-)


Les Boréades de Montréal
Francis Colpron, recorders
Femke Bergsma, recorders
Matthew Jennejohn, recorders and cornetto
Jean-Willy Kunz, positive organ

Quatuor Bozzini
Alissa Cheung, violin
Clemens Merkel, violin
Stéphanie Bozzini, viola
Isabelle Bozzini, cello

Full concert

Interview with the artists

Touching, moving and exciting. Between the tears of the 17th century and the cosmos of the 21st, we were moved and ravished. Better than in our imagination, we heard the stars die, the stars whistle and go out, the supernovas explode. Words fail to explain the emotional experience, you have to listen...

Normand Babin, Neomemoire, février 2021

Premiered on February 26th, 2021, as part of the Festival Montréal/Nouvelles musiques
Photos: Jérôme Bertrand, SMCQ

Les Boréades de Montréal

Founded by Francis Colpron in 1991, Les Boréades focuses on early music. The ensemble has chosen an interpretative approach in keeping with the spirit of the Baroque era, by adhering to the rules of performance practice of the past and playing on period instruments. Critics and audiences alike in Canada and abroad have been unanimous in hailing the group’s energy and spontaneity as well as its theatrical, expressive and elegant playing, indicative of a unique flair for Baroque aesthetics.

Quatuor Bozzini

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.

Thierry Tidrow


Thierry Tidrow is a Franco-Ontarian composer currently living and working in Germany. He studied composition, music theory, and early music performance at McGill University and holds a master’s degree from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and an Advanced Studies diploma from the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. Thierry is a laureate of the Canada Council for the Arts Jules-Léger Prize (2014) and of McGill University’s Graham Sommer Competition (2018). Thierry has written many theatrical works, including seven operas and a collaboration with poet Natasha Kanapé Fontaine. He is currently composer-in-residence at the Dortmund Opera.

Trevor Grahl


Born in 1984, Trevor Grahl hails from the small town of Rankin, Ontario. He has studied with John Rea, Brian Cherney, Jean Lesage, Sean Ferguson, Rodger Reynolds, Philippe Manoury, Chinary Ung, Rand Steiger, and Richard Ayres. Trevor’s music is characterized by referential layers, and often, the sound of ‘other musics’ is an integral factor in his compositions. His works have been performed by the Ives Ensemble, organist Hans-Ola Ericsson, Asko|Schönberg, the Nieuw Ensemble, Continuum Contemporary Music, the Winnipeg and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Opera Gothenburg, the Greek National Opera and others. His music has appeared in many festivals including the Huddersfield New Music Festival, and Gaudeamus Muziekweek and Gaudeamus Montréal. Trevor currently lives in Amsterdam and teaches orchestration and composition at the Koninklijke Conservatorium in Den Haag, and serves as the artistic assistant of the Orgelpark, a concert venue dedicated to the organ.


Les Boréades de Montréal

Francis Colpron
(514) 634-1244
127, 17e avenue, Lachine, H8S 3N7

Quatuor Bozzini

Isabelle Bozzini
(514) 634-1244
4816, rue Clark, Montréal, H2T 2T5


Program notes (.doc)
Technical rider (.pdf)