Montréal 2021

Constance V. Pathy



It is with great enthusiasm and a sense of pride that I announce the 2021 edition of the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) - enthusiasm, since I consider string quartet playing one of the highest forms of music making and a sense of pride since my alma mater, McGill University and its Schulich School of Music are achieving a high degree of proficiency in the formation of young string quartets.

String quartet playing demands great discipline, great sensitivity, and great teamwork, qualities that can stand one in good stead throughout life. As a string player and participant in many quartets myself, this repertoire has expanded my horizons beyond belief.

In accordance with McGill University’s standards of excellence, we are gratified that MISQA has become a veritable incubator of the next generation’s outstanding string quartets. The sense of fellowship that has developed among all participants at MISQA, including the audience, is truly astonishing and speaks to the transformative power of the arts.

Arts and education are powerful tools that make effective and meaningful contributions to the well-being of communities; they are the very core of the mission of MISQA.

André J. Roy

General and Artistic Director


It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2021 edition of the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA).

String Quartet playing is widely regarded as the pinnacle of musical creation, performance, and thought. In fact, it could be argued that no other chamber ensemble demands so much of its composers, players, and listeners. McGill’s Schulich School of Music has distinguished itself as a leader in this field, both on the national and international stage through the work of its students and staff.

Thanks to the continuous and outstanding generosity of Madame Constance Pathy, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate this pursuit of excellence by offering intensive training and coaching to the next generation of young artists in this field.

At the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, we have an important responsibility to teach, mentor and enrich the lives of our students, and consider it vital to nurture special events, such as MISQA, that will engage, entertain and transform our evolving student community.

MISQA is proud to play a vital role in developing generations of new musical leaders.

Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

McGill University

Of all the special spots on McGill's campuses, and there are many, the Schulich School of Music is where I go when I want a big, pure dose of joy.

As a music-lover, I can always count on our talented students and teachers to enrich my soul and buoy my spirits.

As a chemist, I cannot help but think of the annual McGill International String Quartet Academy as a particularly perfect example of a happiness delivery system.

How wonderful it is for Montreal audiences to hear some of the world's best string quartets perform on McGill’s stages. MISQA is also an incredible opportunity for young players to be mentored by top talents—and what a special way to connect McGill with the international music community.

This year marks the academy’s eleventh anniversary. Whether you’re a MISQA veteran or a newcomer, I hope you can join us for what I am sure will be another magical year.

Brenda Ravenscroft


Schulich School of Music of McGill University

It is a pleasure to once again welcome the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA) to the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.

I look forward not only to experiencing superb chamber music in concerts and master classes but also to meeting the musicians who play and the audience members who applaud. Thanks to our patron, Mme Constance Pathy, we are able to host some of the finest coaches, quartets, and string students from around the world.

In addition to the outstanding performances shared with the Montreal community, MISQA is an exceptional place for learning, mentorship, and collaboration. By bringing together leading international professionals with student quartets, we hope all are encouraged and inspired in their ongoing pursuit of artistic excellence.

Best wishes to the Academy and to all of our visitors. May your time at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University be as rewarding for you as your presence is to us.