BISQC Youth Quartet Program

Launched in 2010, the Young Musicians Program was originally created through a partnership between the Rolston and the Székely families as an initiative to inspire and celebrate the next generation of great chamber musicians. Under the leadership of Artistic Advisor Ronelle Schaufele, this program creates a special, welcoming, and affirming experience for young quartets as part of the Banff International String Quartet Competition.

This year, we welcome:

  • Freude Quartet from The Phil and Eli Taylor Peformance Academy for Young Artists at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto
  • Cedar Quartet from the Vancouver Academy of Music
  • Arnica Quartet from Banff, Alberta


These promising young musicians will attend BISQC lectures and concerts, receive coaching from some of the leading musicians of our time, and will be heard in select performances in the community through our outreach program. Banff Centre is thrilled to support the next generation of chamber musicians through this wonderful initiative. 

Youth Quartet Performances: 

Monday, Aug 29 | 1:00pm-1:30pm | Esterházy Castle at Maclab Bistro in Kinnear Centre

Tuesday, Aug 30 |1:00pm-1:30pm in the Esterházy Castle at Maclab Bistro in Kinnear Centre

Tuesday, Aug 30 | 3:30pm, Luxton Home Gardens, 206 Beaver Street in Banff with special guests Viano String Quartet

Thursday, Sept 1 | 1:00pm-1:30pm | Esterházy Castle at Maclab Bistro in Kinnear Centre

Thursday, Sept 1 | 4:00pm | Gatehouse Foyer at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, 405 Spray Avenue in Banff 

Friday, Sept 2 |4:30pm-5:30pm | Top of the Banff Gondola, 100 Mountain Avenue in Banff 


Open Masterclass:

Wednesday, August 31 | 4:30 p.m. | Rolston Recital Hall

Students from the Youth Quartet Program receive coaching from BISQC Mentor in Residence Mark Steinberg.


2022 Youth Quartet Program generously supported by the Eagles Nest BISQC Young Artists Endowment and Sue Larson

Mentor in Residence Program supported in honour of the R.S. Williams & Sons Company

Ronelle Schaufele

Canadian violist Ronelle Schaufele is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician who performs frequently throughout Western Canada as well as performances in Cuba, Brazil, United States, New Zealand, and Europe. As a soloist Ms. Schaufele has recently performed Horizons with pianist Luciance Cardassi, a concert tour which featured female Canadian composers. As an avid lover of new music Ms. Schaufele has been delighted to play works composed for her and looks forward to upcoming collaborations. In addition to performing music being created today, Ronelle greatly enjoys performing on period instruments and exploring the rich baroque tradition. Other solo performances include concerts at the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto, Euro Festival in Leipzig Germany, and the Music by the Sea Festival. As a chamber musician Ms. Schaufele’s performances include the Musaeus String Quartet, the Fort Macleod International Festival, which was recorded and broadcasted by CBC. She performed with Neworks Calgary, Ensemble Resonance, Rubbing Stone Ensemble and the Millennium Music Foundation Series. In addition she has served as principal violist of the Urban Village Chamber Orchestra, and is currently assistant principal violist in the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra.

Her education includes a Music Performance Diploma from Mount Royal College with William van der Sloot, a Bachelor of Music with distinction from the University of Calgary, with Nicholas Pulos and an Artist Diploma at The Glenn Gould School studying with Steven Dann. Ms. Schaufele also completed an Artist in Residency program at The Banff Centre. An active instructor, Ronelle is currently on faculty at the Amici String Program. Ronelle has also enjoys working with talented young chamber musicians and was recently the Artistic Advisor for the Szekely/Rolston Young Musicians Program in cooperation with the Banff International String Quartet Competition. In the Fall of 2012 Ms. Schaufele founded the Banff String Academy of Music which offers gifted young students in the Banff area advanced musical training.

Ronelle plays on a viola by Canadian maker G.T. Walke in 2002 and an Italian violin made by Joseph Cavaleri made in 1746.

Ensemble Cascade