Workshops dedicated to exploring musical creation are held in the Fall while the compositions themselves are fully fleshed out in further workshops taking place the following Spring. The composers and the quartet meet daily over the course of an intense week of collaboration. The aim of this residency is to give composers the opportunity to experiment without any immediate constraints and to attain a concrete outcome. The workshops serve as creative incubators in which the most unexpected ideas may become the raw material for future works.
This experience is also a very rich one from the point of view of the performers: they are able to make manifest to the composers their instrumental proficiency and in return are allowed into the composer's universe at the onset of the creative process. While the composer is developing a better awareness of what he or she may ask of the performers, they in turn are taking part in the very genesis of the work: a win-win situation.
This constitutes a veritable laboratory of creation which yields both an initial survey of the elements of the compositions to come during a public workshop, as well as a concert where the fully realized works are presented to the general public.