Nicole Lizée

Next week we will hear a new piece composed for the Cecilia Quartet by Canadian Nicole Lizée. Based in Montreal, Lizée has created a wide range of music over the years. Composing for anything from full orchestras to individuals, her new music pieces includes a variety of influences and instruments. She has used video game consoles, omnichords, and DJ turntables as instruments in her compositions. Her compositions number over 40 now and have been played by many groups across the country and in the US, including some names that our audiences will be familiar with – Eve Egoyan and the Gryphon Trio.

She was awarded the 2013 Canada Council for the Arts Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music which encourages the creation of new Canadian chamber music and its performance by Canadian chamber groups.

This year she was chosen by Howard Shore, composer and conductor, to be his protégée. This is part of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Mentorship Program.  You can watch the interview with them both here –

We look forward to hearing her new piece for string quartet, performed by the Cecilia Quartet on November 5, 2015. To read more about Lizée, visit her website at


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