It is with great enthusiasm and a sense of pride that I announce the 2017 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.
Therefore, I am doubly gratified to offer these young musicians an opportunity to work with international masters, who will share their knowledge and experience of this great tradition.
The Schulich School of Music has sustained extraordinary growth in the last ten years thanks to the foresight and outstanding leadership of its leaders and Professor André Roy, who is an inspiration to all his students. May the String Quartet Academy grow and flourish in the same manner.