Quasar takes in hand its 9th Opus Prize, along with a grant in recognition of its international outreach !

We are still on cloud 9 about the 24th Opus Awards Gala, where we won the “International Outreach” award! A huge thank you to the Conseil québécois de la musique and to CINARS for their consideration!

Quasar takes away 2 trophies at the Opus Prize gala!

This past January 19th the 23rd gala of the Opus Prize was held, presented by the Conseil québécois de la musique at the magnificent Salle Bourgie of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Nominated in 3 categories, we were in fine figure as we walked away with the 7th and 8th Opus prizes of our career!

We are honored to be the recipients of the 2019 Friends of Canadian Music Award, presented by the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre! The award recognizes the contributions of those who have demonstrated exceptional national commitment to Canadian composers and their music. Our thanks to the selection committee!

Part of the award helps support the efforts of an early-stage composer. We have chosen to offer a commission to the multi-talented composer Myriam Bleau, who will work with us for the 10th edition of our Série Électro.

On November 21, 2018, the Conseil québécois de la musique announced the Opus Prize nominations for the 2017-2018 season.

Quasar is pleased and honoured to have receive two great nominations for these concerts:


Thank you and congratulations to the participants and collaborators


Winner of the new music creation and dissemination residency program (offered by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the réseau Accès culture in collaboration with Groupe Le Vivier), Quasar is participating this Fall in a series of creative residencies with the next-generation composer Brice Gatinet.

Ouvrons, tendons et prêtons l’oreille...is a project entirely dedicated to new music with a program constructed around Montreal as a sound object.

Quasar is pleased to congratulate Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, who has won the Jules Léger prize chamber music, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts for his work Les pâleurs de la lune. This piece, for saxophone quartet and live electronics, was commissioned by Quasar with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. The premiere took place in March 2014 at CIRMMT as part of the Electro series produced by Quasar. Since then, the piece has been performed in Dresden (Germany), Edinburgh (Scotland) and Tallinn (Estonia).

J'M'EN SAX, a work of instrumental theatre created by Michel Smith, has been awarded the Opus prize for "concert de l'année musique actuelle, électroacoustique" at the 19th gala held by the Conseil québécois de la musique on February 7th in Montreal's Bourgie Hall. 

Congratulations to everyone: composer Michel Smith, Quasar's musicians and all the creative team: Guillaume Barrette, Rodolphe St-Arnaud, Sonia Paco-Rocchia, Audrey Southière, Midori and Sandra Wang.

Quasar has been nominated for two OPUS prizes for Michel Smith's work of instrumental theatre:

-Création de l'année

-Concert de l'année musique actuelle, électroacoustique

Bravo and good luck!


An incredible five Opus Prize nominations underline our 2013-2014 season highlights.
Thank you and congratulations to all our partners with whom we share this inspiring recognition.

Created in 1996 by the Conseil québécois de la musique, the Opus Prizes recognize the dynamism and diversity of the Quebec music scene. Awarded by independent juries, the Opus Prize acknowledges excellence in concert music.

Quasar's nominations:

Last January 13th, the president of the Conseil des arts de Montréal revealed the 8 finalists for the Grand Prix du CAM. Each of these finalists has in their own way left their mark during the arts season by exceptional achievements. Quasar is a finalist for the De souffles et de machines concert presented during the Printemps numérique, in collaboration with the CIRMMT - bringing energy and virtuosity to electronics. The final winner will be announced on March 26th, 2015.