Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival

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The Festival Goes Virtual!

September 1 – 5

We’re bringing world-class chamber music and international artists to the comfort of your home in 2020!  

The 2020 Festival features FREE concerts with the AttaccaNew OrfordPUBLIQuartet, and Viano string quartets, pianists  Jan Lisiecki and Phil Chiu, and mezzo soprano, Ema Nikolovska, and others.  Also don't miss 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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We suggest that you pre-register to receive important updates and reminders.
All concerts and events are free. 


2020 Schedule: 

Times listed below are in Mountain Daylight Time. Click on each date to view details.

September 1 (Day 1) 
All Day | Film Screening: Strings Attached , Dover Quartet (Avail. Sept. 1 - 7.)
6 pm | Concert: Viano String Quartet with Rodolfo Leano

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

September 3 (Day 3) 
4 pm |Talk: A Changing Landscape: Classical Music Marketplace During the Covid 19 Crisis
6 pm | Concert: PUBLIQuartet

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

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


Show your support for young musicians coming to Banff for the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition. 

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Viewing Instructions

Viewing the concerts and events will be easy!

  1. Join us between September 1 and 5 on this web page. 
  2. Navigate the schedule, Click on the WATCH NOW buttons for each concert. 
  3. Enjoy the concert! (Or Talk or Film Screening!) 
  4. No sign-in/ password is required. 

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 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.