It is with great enthusiasm and pride that I announce the 2019 edition of the McGill International String Quartet Academy (MISQA).
In 2010, as per our mission, we set out “to promote the great tradition of string quartet playing by inviting the most significant practitioners of the discipline to share their experience and to mentor some of the world’s most promising young quartets”.
A decade later, remaining true to our core ideals, MISQA has welcomed 75 quartets (guest artists, senior & junior quartets) and 50 professors; we are proud to have encouraged and supported the development of so many young musicians in search of an ideal of highest performance practice and artistic integrity.
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.