Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)

The winners of the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition have been announced!

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!

View the complete Media Release

View 2022 Winner's Tour Schedule

2022 BISQC Competition Information

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.

BISQC 2022 Recordings

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! 


Watch the Recordings Here


Additional Resources:

View details on the 2022 Competing Quartets

BISQC 2022 Competition Guide

BISQC 2022 Rules, Regulations & Repertoire


Supported by

Azrieli Foundation


In partnership with:


Official Media Partner of BISQC 2022:


The Violin Channel


Official Luthier of BISQC 2022:

Wilder & Davis Luthiers


Official Shuttle Provider:

Banff Airporter

BISQC is a member of

World Federation of International Music Competitions

Contact Us

For questions please contact:
Phone: 403.762.6231
Lisa Ramsey, Manager
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 23
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada