For over 30 years, Banff International String Quartet Competition has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing career support for emerging string quartets. Intended as a one-time special event, the first competition was held in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The outstanding success of the first competition inspired organizers to make this a triennial event.
The competition gives audiences an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the thrill and heartbreak of a live chamber music competition as 10 of the world’s best young string quartets vie for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, including the Anderson Career Development Grant for all 7 quartets not advancing to finals, to support their emerging careers before a remarkably dedicated chamber music audience. The triennial competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is widely recognized among the top events of its kind.
Preliminary Schedule for 2022 Competition:
June 2021: Rules & Regulations published for Quartets
October 2021: Applications Open for Quartets
December 2021: Packages ON SALE for public/audience
March 2022: Applications close for Quartets
Aug 29-Sept 4, 2022: Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, Alberta!
BISQC was thrilled to announce a collaboration with Southern Methodist University’s Meadows Schools of the Arts in 2019! The Peak Fellowship Ensemble-In-Residence Prize is a 2-year paid residency offered to the First Place Laureates worth $160,000 USD.
Past winners have included the Marmen & Viano Quartets, St. Lawrence, Miró, Daedalus, Jupiter, TinAlley, Cecilia, Dover, and Rolston String Quartets. The competition is open to quartets of all nationalities whose members are all under the age of 35 at the time of the competition.
View 2019 Winner's Tour schedule.
If you are unable to make it to Banff, tune into our Livestreams. View the BISQC Schedule, broadcasts start a couple of minutes before the concert.
View details on the 2019 competing quartets.
View video announcement (Livestream on April 30 in Toronto) with Director Barry Shiffman and Rolston String Quartet, the 2016 Laureates.
View 2019 Brochure Online
View 2019 Brochure (printable PDF)