Banff International String Quartet Competition

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The 2016 Competition

Join us as 40 extraordinary musicians from around the world come to Banff full of dreams and aspirations. Feel the passion of their performances and be astonished by their extraordinary level of excellence. BISQC has become the sought after event in the calendar of the chamber music world. The unbeatable combination of beauty of place and exceptional music making attracts  devoted fans from Canada and abroad. Through performances, lectures, shared meals and special events, we invite you to join these young artists on a dramatic and rich artistic journey that sets in motion a major performing career. 

I invite you to be part of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition. Whether you attend for the entire week, the finals weekend or for individual recitals, we look forward to welcoming you to Banff. 

Barry Shiffman

Executive Director
Banff International String Quartet Competition


Contact Us

For questions please contact:



Barry Shiffman
Executive Director

Christine Prescott
Program Coordinator

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 23
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada