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For over 30 years, Banff International String Quartet Competition has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing career support for emerging string quartets. Intended as a one-time special event, the first competition was held in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The outstanding success of the first competition inspired organizers to make this a triennial event.
The competition gives audiences an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the thrill and heartbreak of a live chamber music competition as 10 of the world’s best young string quartets vie for 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 finals.
The triennial competition is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is widely recognized among the top events of its kind.
Key dates for BISQC 2022:
October 1st 2021: Applications Open for Quartets
Late January 2022: Audience Package sales open
March 1st 2022: Applications close for Quartets
August 29-September 4, 2022: Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, Alberta!
BISQC is thrilled to once again collaborate with Southern Methodist School of the Arts in Dallas, Texas by offering the Peak Fellowship Residency Prize. This prize is a 2-year paid residency for the first place laureates of the 2022 competition, worth $200,000 CAD.
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.
View 2019 Winner's Tour schedule.
View BISQC 2019 competition performances on Vimeo
View details on the 2019 competing quartets.
View video announcement (Livestream on April 30 in Toronto) with Director Barry Shiffman and Rolston String Quartet, the 2016 Laureates.
View 2019 Brochure Online
View 2019 Brochure (printable PDF)