First Place Laureates: Isidore String Quartet (USA)
Second Place Laureates: Opus13 (Norway/Sweden)
Third Place Laureates: Balourdet Quartet (USA)
The R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize: Isidore String Quartet (USA)
The Canadian Commission Prize, in honour of the R.S. Williams & Sons Company: Quatuor Agate (France)
Christine and David Anderson Career Development Prizes: Abeo Quartet, Animato Kwartet, Dior Quartet, Karski Quartet, Quatuor Agate, and Terra String Quartet
Congratulations to all the quartets!
Save the dates:
Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival
September 1 - 3, 2023
15th Banff International String Quartet Competition
August 25 - 31, 2025
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 $500,000 CAD in cash, prizes and opportunities, including the Christine and David Anderson Prize of $5,000 CAD for each of the 7 quartets not advancing to finals.
In addition to generous cash prizes, the laureate quartets are offered residency opportunities at Banff Centre and, for the first prize laureates, a custom-designed three-year artistic and career development program which includes the Southern Methodist University Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Prize, a two-year paid residency worth $200,000 CAD, an Esterházy Foundation Residency with concerts at Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt and the Lucerne Festival, as well as an opportunity for a two-week Chamber Music in Residency at the prestigious Britten Pears Arts in England.
BISQC is a member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions and is widely recognized among the top events of its kind.
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.
Recordings of all 2022 BISQC Competition Concerts are now online! Watch and listen as nine of the world's finest emerging string quartets competed for the largest chamber music prize in the world.
The competition was also livestreamed by our official media partner, The Violin Channel, for all to enjoy!