Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival

The Festival is Complete! 

We hope that you enjoyed world-class chamber music and international artists in the comfort of your home!  

The 2020 Festival featured concerts with the AttaccaNew OrfordPUBLIQuartet, and Viano string quartets, pianists  Jan Lisiecki and Phil Chiu, and mezzo-soprano, Ema Nikolovska, and others. 

Also featured were a series of talks with Barry Shiffman in conversation with Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington, violinist James Ehnes, an introduction to BISQC 2022’s Canadian Commission Composer, and so much more!


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2020 Schedule: 

Click on each date to view details on talks, films and concerts. 

September 1 (Day 1) 
Film Screening: Strings Attached, Dover Quartet (No longer available)
Concert: Viano String Quartet with Rodolfo Leone

September 2 (Day 2) 
Film Screening: The Rolston Sessions  (BISQC 2013)
Concert: Attacca String Quartet 

September 3 (Day 3) 
Talk: A Changing Landscape: Classical Music Marketplace During the COVID 19 Crisis
Concert: PUBLIQuartet

September 4 (Day 4) 
Talk: Composing for String Quartet: A conversation with Ana Sokolović and Dinuk Wijeratne
Concert: Jan Lisiecki, Piano. 

September 5 (Day 5)
Talk: Kronos Quartet's Fifty for the Future Project: a conversation with David Harrington
Concert: New Orford String Quartet with Mezzo-Soprano Ema Nikolovska and Philip Chiu, piano


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Land Acknowledgement & Welcome

Please note: Original dates for this Festival were live in Banff from September 4-6, but have been altered for a 2020 Virtual Festival from September 1-5.

Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival Staff

Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival is generously supported by: 

Lead Supporter
Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust

Jack Chetner
Maureen and Joe Katchen
MacLachlan Ridge Family

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About the Festival

Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival is a three-day festival, born out of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. Like the competition, it showcases the finest in international classical music to audiences through a completely immersive experience.  Led by Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition Barry Shiffman, the festival, held in competition off years, features competition alumni alongside special guest exploring repertoire from across the centuries.