Largest Prizes for Chamber Music in the World
Media Release | October 4, 2021 | Banff, AB
Applications for Banff International String Quartet Competition 2022 Now Open
It’s time again for the triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition to provide a career-defining, life-changing opportunity for some of the world’s finest young string quartets.
Today marks the opening of applications for quartets for the 2022 Competition, with a closing date of March 1st, 2022. The Competition will run from August 29th – September 4th and offer over $250,000 CAD in cash and prizes, including the Christine and David Anderson Prize of $5,000 CAD for each of the 7 quartets not advancing to the finals.
In addition to these prizes, the first-place laureates will be offered the Peak Fellowship Residency Prize: a two-year paid residency worth $200,000 CAD at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas Texas.
The first-placed laureates will also be offered a residency with the Esterházy Foundation, including concerts at Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt and the Lucerne Festival.
For over 30 years, Banff International String Quartet Competition has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing career support for emerging string quartets. The competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is widely recognized among the top events of its kind.
Barry Shiffman, Director, Banff International String Quartet Competition
Philip Setzer, Emerson String Quartet
Today also marks the announcement of an outstanding list of internationally distinguished Jurors for the 2022 Competition.
After applications close, the finalists will be chosen by a panel of three Preliminary Jurors: Aaron Boyd, Andrew Wan and Andrew Yee. The finalists will be judged by a panel of seven Competition Jurors; Jane Atkins, Estelle Choi, James Ehnes, Barnabás Kelemen, Catherine Manson, Károly Schranz and Sung-Won Yang. The jurors’ detailed biographies can be accessed as part of this page.
Dover Quartet, 2013 BISQC First Place winners
Afiara String Quartet, 2010 BISQC Second Place winners
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.
For those wishing to apply before the March 1st 2022 deadline, the following links will be useful:
Violist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Dover Quartet, 2013 BISQC First Place winners
The Banff International String Quartet Competition is generously supported by the lead sponsorship of the Azrieli foundation.
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