BISQC 2022 Tickets & Packages

Concert Tickets

Individual tickets for Concerts #1 - 15 will go on sale May 4 at 10:00am MDT. 

View Concert Schedule here 

then click on the concerts to BUY TICKETS

 

Ticket Refund Policy: 

All ticket sales are final and are non-refundable, unless specified by the event organizer. For questions related to the refund policy, please contact the Box Office at box_office@banffcentre.ca. 

Audience Packages & Passports

Breathtaking performances in the new Jenny Belzberg Theatre, illuminating lectures, shared meals, special events, and spectacular mountain views are available to the public with the purchase of a full week, finals weekend package or a passport.

BISQC full week, weekend (3 or 4 day) package and passport options are approaching sold out status with limited ticket inventory remaining. When you purchase a BISQC package or passport, you will have the same seat throughout the entire competition or weekend. 

On Sale Dates:
Packages/Passports: January 26, 2022

Individual Tickets: May 4, 2022 at 10:00am MDT

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2022 BISQC Schedule

Welcome to BISQC 2022!

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Detailed schedule below for Package/Passport holders.

Sunday, August 28 – Resident Audience Arrivals
Evening Welcome Reception

Day 1: Monday, Aug. 29

21st Century Haydn Round
Quartets will perform a complete work by Franz Joseph Haydn from a preselected list, as well as a complete quartet written in 2000 or later
Morning: James Ehnes Chamber Music in my Life - A conversation with James Ehnes, hosted by Barry Shiffman
Afternoon: Competition Concert 1
Evening: Competition Concert 2

Day 2: Tuesday, Aug. 30

21st Century Haydn Round Continued
Quartets will perform a complete work by Franz Joseph Haydn from a preselected list, as well as a complete quartet written in 2000 or later
Morning: Lecture by Denis Brott, In the Bank: origins of Canada Council’s Music Instrument Bank and its future
Competition Concert 3
Afternoon: Competition Concert 4
Evening: Competition Concert 5

Day 3: Wednesday, Aug. 31

Romantic Round
Quartets perform a complete quartet from the romantic or nationalistic repertoire
Morning: Excursion options to enjoy your surroundings without missing a single note
Afternoon: Competition Concert 6
Evening: Competition Concert 7

Day 4: Thursday, Sept. 1

Romantic Round continued, plus Alumni Gala
Morning
: Competition Concert 8
Afternoon: excursion options to enjoy your surroundings without missing a single note
Evening: Alumni Gala Concert featuring violinist James Ehnes, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, as well as 2019 co-winners Marmen Quartet and Viano String Quartet

Day 5: Friday, Sept. 2

Canadian Commission Round, plus Special Event
All 10 quartets will perform the Canadian Commissioned work by composer Dinuk Wijeratne
Morning: A discussion between Dinuk Wijeratne and Barry Shiffman
Competition Concert 9 – All ten quartets perform the Canadian Commission

Evening: SPECIAL EVENT PRESENTATION: Davóne Tines’ celebrated Recital No. 1: MASS, and PUBLIQuartet’s Reflections on Beauty

Day 6: Saturday, Sept. 3

Recital Ad-Lib Round
A performance of up to 35 minutes programmed with a repertoire of the Quartet’s choosing. This round may include full works or single movements
Morning: Lecture by MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Toward Many Publics: Music, Musicians, and Rethinking Purpose
Competition Concert 10
Afternoon: Competition Concert 11
Evening: Competition Concert 12
Late evening: Announcement of the three finalists

Day 7: Sunday, Sept. 4

Beethoven Finals
The three finalists perform a quartet by Beethoven
Morning: excursion options to enjoy your surroundings without missing a single note
Afternoon: Final Competition Concert
Awards Ceremony Announcement of Winning Quartet

 

Note: Schedule subject to change

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 29, 2022
James Ehnes Chamber Music in my Life - A conversation with James Ehnes, hosted by Barry Shiffman

Day 2: Lecture #2

Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Lecture by Denis Brott, In the Bank: origins of Canada Council’s Music Instrument Bank and its future

Day 3: No Lecture

 

Day 4: No Lecture

 

Day 5: Lecture #3

Friday, September 2, 2022
A discussion between Dinuk Wijeratne and Barry Shiffman

Day 6: Lecture #4

Saturday, September 3, 2022
Lecture by MacArthur Fellow Sebastian Ruth, Toward Many Publics: Music, Musicians, and Rethinking Purpose

Day 7: No Lecture

Audience Packages & Passports

Full Week Package

(Sunday, Aug 28 – Monday, Sept 5, 2022) 

• accommodation for 8 nights
• meals in Vistas Dining Room *
• reserved seating to all performances
• access to all lectures and special events
• commemorative competition program booklet
• use of on-site extensive fitness, aquatic, and recreation facilities


Tier A Seating:
Solo $3,788.22
Duo $5,493.67
Tier B Seating:
Solo $3,536.22
Duo $4,989.67
 

Weekend Package

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


4-Day Package (Thursday, Sept 1 – Monday, Sept 5, 2022)


• accommodation for 4 nights
• reserved seating to concerts and events commencing 
Thursday evening and continuing through to the Finals
• meals start at dinner on Thursday in Vistas Dining Room **
• commemorative competition program booklet
• access to weekend lectures and special events


Tier A Seating:
Solo $2,114.19
Duo $3,181.16
Tier B Seating:
Solo $1,944.09
Duo $2,840.96


3-Day Package (Friday, Sept 2 – Monday, Sept 5, 2022)


• accommodation for 3 nights
• reserved seating to concerts and events commencing 
Friday evening and continuing through to the Finals
• meals start at dinner on Friday in Vistas Dining Room **
• commemorative competition program booklet
• access to weekend lectures and special events


Tier A Seating:
Solo $1,599.18
Duo $2,413.07
Tier B Seating:
Solo $1,466.88
Duo $2,148.4

Passport

(Monday, Aug 29 – Sunday, Sept 4, 2022)

Tailored to our audiences who do not require accommodation or meals at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity but still want to experience it all. Passports include reserved seating to all performances and access to all lectures and special BISQC events at a discount over individual ticket pricing.

Tier A Seating:
$829.08
Tier B Seating:
$577.08

 

Book your BISQC Package or Passport

BISQC 2022 Seat Map

Jenny Belzberg Theatre Seating for BISQC 2022

Jenny Belzberg Theatre Seat Map for BISQC 2022

When you purchase a BISQC package or passport, you will have the same seat throughout the entire competition or weekend in the new Jenny Belzberg Theatre.

Package & Passport Policies

Please Note: All prices are in Canadian Dollars and include all fees and taxes.

* Full week packages include arrival day dinner and departure day breakfast. All meals from Monday, Aug 29 to Sunday, Sept 4 are included with the exception of Wednesday, Aug 31 lunch which is not included in the package price. *

* Weekend packages include all meals from arrival day dinner to departure day breakfast from Friday, Sept 2 (or Sept 1 for a Thursday arrival) to Monday, Sept 5.

We recognize that the Province of Alberta has removed the Restriction Exemption Program and the Provincial Mask Mandate. As of March 1, proof of vaccination is no longer required to use Banff Centre facilities. It is now optional for guests and participants at Banff Centre to wear a mask while visiting the Banff Centre campus. It is our priority at Banff Centre to keep our patrons and staff as comfortable and safe as possible; We have asked our staff to continue to wear masks. Thank you for your understanding and being respectful to our staff. 

Any cancellations made by July 1, 2022 will receive a full refund, cancellations made by August 1, 2022 will receive a 50% refund. If Banff Centre cancels all or portions of the Banff International String Quartet Competition (“BISQC”) as a result of governmentally imposed COVID restrictions or because Banff Centre has, in its sole discretion, determined that such actions are necessary to ensure the health and safety of Banff Centre guests, artists, and staff and has provided the Guest with reasonable notice of same, then Banff Centre shall provide the Guest with a full refund of the above listed BISQC Package.  Banff Centre shall not be responsible for any costs incurred by the Guest in relation to Banff Centre’s decision to cancel all or portions of the BISQC other than a refund of the BISQC package and the Guest is therefore strongly encouraged to obtain appropriate travel insurance.

Banff Airporter 15% Discount

BISQC audience members will receive a 15% discount on Banff Airporter's daily scheduled shuttle service to/from the Calgary Airport and Banff. Locally owned and operated, Banff Airporter is the official airport shuttle provider for BISQC and Banff Centre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as you travel into the Canadian Rockies.

Banff Airporter

 

Visiting the Banff Centre during COVID-19

As we work to prepare another spectacular week for our 2022 in-person audience, patron safety is at the forefront of our planning. Banff Centre has opted into the Restrictions Exemption Program to ensure the highest level of safety while we begin to welcome audiences and artists back to campus this fall. Find the most current and complete information here: banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures

Please note that St. Julien Road is currently closed to all public access due to construction. Access is available via Ken Madsen path, Buffalo Street and Tunnel Mountain Drive.

More details can be found here.