August 14, 2022

Shaped by Music

Quatuor Despax


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Quatuor Despax is an all-sibling quartet from Quebec who will take us through music that brought together, shaped and made them the musical force that they are today. The program will finish with the piece that their late father, the conductor and composer Emmanuel Despax, wrote for them in 2005. 

Haydn, Quartet No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 76, “Fifth”

Ligeti, Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes

E. Despax, Fantaisie pour Quatuor à cordes (2005)

About Quatuor Despax

Formed in 2003 in Gatineau, Quebec, by four siblings, the Quatuor Despax performs regularly in Canada’s national capital, Ouataouais and Montreal. They have produced themselves in various festivals and concert series in Ontario and Quebec, such as the Westben Festival, the Alexandria Festival, the series of Mardis Classiques in Gatineau, the Montée des Arts du Mont-St-Hilaire, the Festival Classique in Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Val d’Or), the Ponticello Concerts in Gatineau, Music and Beyond in Ottawa, The Art of Music festival in Gatineau, SweetWater Music Festival (Owen Sound) and Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound).  

The Quatuor Despax also has performed in France and in Italy. In winter 2019, the quartet gave concerts in Colombia and work with ConCuerda and Fundacion Musica por Colombia.  

In summer 2006, the quartet won the Contest-in-Residence for the Concerts aux îles du Bic. From 2011 to 2013, they were in residence at the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Montreal.  

Since September 2013, the Despax Quartet is in residence at the church Notre-Dame-de-la-Guadeloupe in Gatineau where they have a series of concerts. 

Dates & Times

August 14
60 mins

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Cendrine Despax – Violin 

Jean Despax – Violin  

Maxime Despax – Viola 

Valérie Despax – Violoncello 


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