August 26 - September 01, 2019

BISQC Competition Tickets + Packages

Audience Packages

On Sale Dates:

Packages/Passports:

Pre-Purchase:         December 12 – Jan. 2 (seats confirmed in January)
General on sale:         January 16
Individual Tickets:        On sale: May 1

Three easy ways to book your BISQC getaway:

1. Book your package or passport ONLINE below.
2. Full week and weekend packages: Call Banff Centre Reservations team at 1.800.884.7574 or 403.762.6308.
3. Passport: call Banff Centre Box Office at 1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

Plan ahead:  With the purchase of your package or passport you also have the right of first refusal to keep the same seats from 2019, for the 2022 competition.

With various options to choose from, we make it easy for you to enjoy every note of the 13th BISQC by staying on site in the comfort of Banff Centre’s hotels with full amenities. Enjoy the newly renovated comfort of Lloyd Hall or the welcoming setting of the Professional Development Centre.

BISQC 2019 Schedule

Note: Schedule subject to change

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25

Resident Audience Arrives
Evening – Welcome Reception

MONDAY, AUGUST 26

DAY 1: RECITAL ROUND 
Four quartets perform a recital of Haydn and a quartet written after 1905.

10 a.m. Lecture #1: Philip Setzer reflects on his remarkable career with the Emerson Quartet in conversation with BISQC Director Barry Shiffman
2 p.m. Concert 1: Two quartets perform
7:30 p.m. Concert 2: Two quartets perform

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27

DAY 2: RECITAL ROUND
Six quartets perform a recital of Haydn and a quartet written after 1905.

9 a.m. Lecture #2: From Good to Great: Denis Brott brings you inside the world of the rehearsal
10:30 a.m. Concert 3: Two quartets perform
2 p.m. Concert 4: Two quartets perform
7:30 p.m. Concert 5: Two quartets perform

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

DAY 3: ROMANTIC ROUND
Morning excursions available to enjoy your surroundings without missing a single note. 
Seven quartets perform a complete quartet from the romantic or nationalistic repertoire.

2 p.m. Concert 6: Three quartets perform
4:30 p.m. Open Masterclass
7:30 p.m. Concert 7: Four quartets perform

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

Afternoon excursions available. 
DAY 4: ROMANTIC ROUND & ALUMNI CONCERT
Three quartets perform a complete quartet from the romantic or nationalistic repertoire.

10:00 a.m. Concert 8: Three quartets perform
4:30 p.m. Open Masterclass
8 p.m. Concert 9: Alumni Concert featuring 2016 First Place Laureates Rolston String Quartet

FRIDAY, AUGUST 30

Afternoon excursions available. (See page 23 for info)
DAY 5: CANADIAN COMMISSION ROUND & SPECIAL EVENT
All quartets perform the newly commissioned composition by Matthew Whittall.

9 a.m. Lecture #3: A discussion between Matthew Whittall and Barry Shiffman
10 a.m. Concert 10: All ten quartets perform the new work by Matthew Whittall
8 p.m. Concert 11: SPECIAL EVENT: A Thousand Thoughts – A Live Documentary with Kronos Quartet
Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet for a wildly creative multimedia performance piece that blends live music and narration with archival footage and filmed interviews with prominent artists.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31

DAY 6: SCHUBERTPLUS ROUND
All quartets perform a recital of no more than 30 minutes including a Schubert quartet and additional repertoire of their choosing.

9 a.m. Lecture #4: Creativity and Mental Health with Dr. David Goldbloom
10:30 a.m. Concert 12: Three quartets perform
2 p.m. Concert 13: Four quartets perform
7:30 p.m. Concert 14: Three quartets perform
Late evening – Announcement of the three finalists

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

DAY 7: FINALS

10 a.m. Lecture #5: Tom Wilder of Wilder and Davis and Ric Heinl of George Heinl & Company discuss finding the perfect instrument match
2:00 p.m. Concert 15: Finals: The three finalists perform a quartet by Beethoven

Late afternoon – Announcement of the winning quartet

Lecture Series

Package purchasers and passport holders enjoy exclusive access to the lecture series. An all-star line-up is planned to shed light on various topics from repertoire to instruments to the touring life of a string quartet.

The lecture series is generously supported by Ernie and Sandra Green.

Day 1: Lecture #1
Monday, August 26, 2019
11 am Husky Great Hall
A Life in Chamber Music
Philip Setzer reflects on his remarkable career with the Emerson Quartet in conversation with BISQC Director Barry Shiffman

Day 2: Lecture #2
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
10 am Husky Great Hall
From Good to Great: The Art of the Rehearsal Process
Denis Brott, former cellist of the renowned Orford Quartet and Professor of Chamber Music at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal brings you inside the world of the rehearsal.

Day 3: No Lecture

Day 4: No Lecture

Day 5: Lecture #4
Friday, August 30, 2019
9 am Eric Harvie Theatre
Insights into the Canadian Commission Round
Canadian-Finnish Composer Matthew Whittall

Day 6: Lecture #5
Saturday, August 31, 2019
9 am Husky Great Hall
Creativity and Mental Health
Dr. David Goldbloom, celebrated Canadian psychiatrist, arts lover, and former Chair of the Board for the Stratford Festival to discusses the connection between creativity and mental health.

Day 7: Lecture #6
Sunday, September 1, 2019
10 am Husky Great Hall
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match!
The search for an instrument is one of the most stressful ordeals for quartet players. Two of the most sought-after violin dealers in Canada, Tom Wilder of Wilder & Davis and Ric Heinl of George Heinl & Company discuss the art of matchmaking instrument and artist.

Please Note: 

All ticket prices are in Canadain Dollars.
Prices include ALL taxes, Box Office Fees, and a $15 per night Banff Centre Facility Fee. 

Full week packages include arrival day dinner, departure day breakfast, and breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday, August 26 to Sunday, September 1.
Note: Wednesday, August 28 lunch is an exception and is not included in the package price 

Weekend packages include all meals from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast from Thursday, August 29 or Friday, August 30 (depending on which package is purchased) to Monday, September 2. 

Ticket Packages

Full Week Package

(Sunday, Aug 25 - Mon, Sep 2, 2019)
$3,540
Solo + Duo pricing available.

• 8 nights’ accommodation
• meals in Vistas Dining Room *
• reserved seating to all 15 performances
• access to all lectures and special events
• tote bag with exclusive BISQC merchandise
• membership at our extensive fitness, aquatic, and recreation facilities

Solo $3540 (single occupancy) 
Duo $4920 (double occupancy)

Weekend 4-Day Package

(Thursday, Aug 29 - Monday, Sep 2, 2019)
$1,880
Solo + Duo pricing available.

Can't make it for the entire week? Join us for the finals weekend. 

• 4 nights’ accommodation
• tickets to all concerts and events commencing Thursday evening
with the Alumni Gala and continuing through to the Finals
• meals start at dinner on Thursday **

Solo $ 1880 (single occupancy)
Duo $ 2670 (double occupancy)

Weekend 3-Day Package

(Friday, Aug 30 - Monday, Sep 2, 2019)
$1,420
Solo + Duo pricing available.

Can't make it for the entire week? Join us for the finals weekend. 

• 3 nights’ accommodation
• tickets to all concerts and events commencing Friday evening with
the Kronos Quartet and continuing through to the Finals
• meals start at dinner on Friday **

Solo $ 1420 (single occupancy)
Duo $ 2030 (double occupancy)

Passport

(Monday, Aug 26 - Sunday, Sep 1, 2019)
$515
Adult, Senior & Student pricing available.

Tailored to our audiences who do not require accommodation or meals at Banff Centre, but still want to experience it all! Includes reserved seating to all performances and access to all lectures and special BISQC events. Passports represent savings of up to 20% off the cost of individual tickets.

Adult $ 515
Senior $ 470 (60 years +)
Student $ 250 (with valid student ID

Individual Tickets

Concert and special event tickets
$15
Starting from

Please note all individual tickets go on sale May 1st, 2019.