BISQFest 2023: Dates, Performers and Packages Announced

Dior String Quartet.

Dior String Quartet. Photo by Bo Huang.

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is excited to announce that the Banff International String Quartet Festival (BISQFest) will take place from September 1st through 3rd. Created in 2017, BISQFest grew out of the phenomenal success of the triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC). Set against the backdrop of the stunning Rocky Mountains, BISQFest is an immersive experience held over the span of three days, featuring live concerts, movie screenings, artists' talks, and open rehearsals. The first in-person festival since 2018 will welcome two dozen celebrated artists from North America and Europe. 

Featured Performers at BISQFest 2023 include New Orford String Quartet, Viano String Quartet, Leonkoro Quartet, Dior Quartet, Michael Bridge, Anna Štube, Ema Nikolovska, Gilles Vonsattel, Joel Quarrington, Barry Shiffman, Dr. Thomas Wolf, Alon Nashman, Carmen Braden, and Larry Weinstein.

"BISQFest 2023 promises to be an exceptional experience for the music lover. We have assembled a roster of two dozen brilliant musicians from around the world who will descend on Banff to create, perform, and celebrate the incredible riches of the chamber music repertoire. I look forward to welcoming you to Banff Centre and do hope you can join us in September. A magical weekend of music in the mountains awaits.” - Barry Shiffman, Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition and Festival.

BISQFest packages go on sale to the public on May 10th, with individual event tickets to follow in early summer. Package options include a full access passport to eight live concerts, three-night, or four-night on-site accommodation, shared meals in the Vistas Dining Room, and access to special events during the festival. There is a passport-only option for those not requiring accommodation.  

For more information on artists, programming, or packages for BISQFest 2023 please visit

About the Banff International String Quartet Festival  
For 40 years, the 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. In 2017, the Banff International String Quartet Festival commenced in non-competition years.  This intimate weekend concert experience offers beautifully curated opportunities to hear laureates from the competitions in unique collaborations with other world-renowned musicians.