Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival

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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. 

Please join us August 31 - September 2, 2018.

Packages and passports for 2018 are now sold out. 
Individual tickets still available.

View our complete 2018 festival brochure here.
Mark your calendars for BISQC 2019


2018 Schedule

Friday, August 31

Passholder Event | 3 p.m.
Join Festival Director Barry Shiffman for a welcome and overview of the weekend. Additionally special guest Denis Brott will provide insight into the opening concert program, performed by Calidore String Quartet.

Concert 1 | 4 p.m.
Calidore String Quartet
Quartettsatz Franz Schubert
String Quartet Op. 59, No. 3 Ludwig van Beethoven (Note: Changed from Franz Schubert)

Concert 2 | 7:30 p.m.
Castalian String Quartet
String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 121 Gabriel Fauré

Rolston String Quartet
String Quartet No. 3: Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory  Shulamit Ran

Dover Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein
Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115  Johannes Brahms

Saturday, September 1

Concert 3 | 10:30 a.m.
Alexander Fiterstein
For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet  Shulamit Ran

Castalian String Quartet
String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 76, No. 4  Joseph Haydn

Calidore String Quartet
String Quartet No. 1  Leoš Janáček

Concert 4 | 4 p.m.
"What Makes it Great?" with Robert Kapilow and Dover Quartet
String Quartet No. 1 in F Major, Op. 18, No. 1  Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Tesla Quartet
String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 10  Claude Debussy

Tesla Quartet with George Gao
Fiddle Suite  Chen Yi

Rolston String Quartet with Andrew Burashko
Piano Quintet  Alfred Schnittke

Sunday, September 2

Concert 6 | 10:30 a.m.
Rolston String Quartet with Sonia Bize, Alexander Fiterstein, and Leslie Newman
Introduction et Allegro  Maurice Ravel

Rolston and Castalian String Quartets with Szymon Marciniak
String Octet   Max Bruch

Castalian String Quartet with George Gao
Galloping Horses   Chen Yao-Xin, arr. George Gao

Passholder Event | 2 p.m.
Join an open rehearsal, as artists prepare for the evening’s program.

Concert 7 | 4 p.m.
Margaret Greenham Theatre
Rolston String Quartet
Yiddishbbuk: Inscriptions for String Quartet Osvaldo Golijov

Kafka and Son, one man play Alon Nashman

Concert 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Dover Quartet with Szymon Marciniak
String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 77  Antonín Dvořák

Calidore String Quartet
String Quartet No. 2 in F Major, Op. 92  Sergei Prokovief

Calidore String Quartet with Banff Centre Festival Ensemble
With Tesla, Castalian, Dover, and Rolston Quartets, Barry Shiffman, and Szymon Marciniak
Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47  Edward Elgar

Seating Map (Rolston Recital Hall, Main Venue)

All concerts will be assigned seating and take place in the Rolston Recital Hall in the Music and Sound Building, with the exception of one concert in the Margaret Greenham Theatre. 

Seating Map (Margaret Greenham Theatre, Concert 7)

Margaret Greenham Theatre Seating Plan

Concert 7 on September 2 at 4 p.m. is in the Margaret Greenham Theatre.