Clemens Merkel's unconventional sound defines a new sensibility in contemporary music, through its intimate purity of tone, its settled and unhurried sensitivity. He is well known for innovative interpretations from Bach to John Cage, and is sought after by composers worldwide as an inspiration for new repertoire. His diverse collaborators range from the Wandelweiser collective to Montreal's Musique Actuelle community, and from emerging experimentalists to today's most revered composers.
Merkel has been a violinist with the Bozzini Quartet since 1999. Together they have mentored an entire generation of creators through the Composer's Kitchen; have released numerous critically acclaimed albums on their collection qb label; undertaken multiple tours annually to be featured at festivals worldwide; and maintained a profound impact on the music scene across Canada and Europe in particular. They nourish Montreal audiences with unusual self-produced events that bridge worlds and cross boundaries of style, generation and culture.
Following an early career in Europe, where he contributed to the continent's leading ensembles, Merkel has made Montreal his home since 2000. He supports and advocates for new music in Quebec and in Canada, and is regularly sought after as speaker, curator and adviser. He teaches at Concordia University, Montreal.
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