BISQC 2022 Tickets & Packages

BISQC 2022 Concert Tickets

BISQC full week, weekend (3 or 4 day) package and passport options are now sold out.

Individual concert tickets can still be purchased online or by contacting Banff Centre Box Office.

A limited number of agents can assist you by phone during the times below. For inquiries outside these hours, please leave a voicemail message with your contact number, and the team will follow up with you at their earliest opportunity. 

Box Office Phone Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12pm to 4pm (MT)

1.800.413.8368 or 403.762.6301

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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. 

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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. When you purchase a BISQC package or passport, you will have the same seat throughout the entire competition or weekend. 

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Concert Schedule

All concerts take place in the Jenny Belzberg Theatre.

Day 1: Monday, August 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.

Concert 1: 2 p.m.

Concert 2: 7:30 p.m.

 

Day 2: Tuesday, August 30

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.

Concert 3: 10:30 a.m.

Concert 4: 2 p.m.

Concert 5: 7:30 p.m.

 

Day 3: Wednesday, August 31

Romantic Round

Quartets perform a complete quartet from the romantic or nationalistic repertoire.

Concert 6: 2 p.m.

Concert 7: 7:30 p.m.

 

Day 4: Thursday, September 1 

Romantic Round

Quartets perform a complete quartet from the romantic or nationalistic repertoire.

Concert 8: 10 a.m.

Alumni Gala Concert

Featuring violinist James Ehnes, pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and 2019 First Place Co-Laureates Viano String Quartet and Marmen Quartet.

Alumni Gala Concert: 8 p.m.

 

Day 5: Friday, September 2

Canadian Commission Round
All 10 quartets will perform the Canadian Commissioned work by composer Dinuk Wijeratne.

Concert 9: 10 a.m.

Special Concert Presentation

Featuring PUBLIQuartet Reflections on Beauty and Davóne Tines Recital No. 1: MASS

Special Concert Presentation: 8 p.m.

 

Day 6: Saturday, September 3

Recital Ad-Lib Round

A performance of up to 35 minutes programmed with a repertoire of the Quartet’s choosing.

Concert 10: 10:30 a.m.

Concert 11: 2 p.m.

Concert 12: 7:30 p.m.

Announcement of the three finalists following jury deliberation.

 

Day 7: Sunday, September 4

Finals

The three finalists perform a quartet by Beethoven.

Concert 13: 2 p.m.

Awards Ceremony

Following jury deliberation.

7:30 p.m.

 

Note: Schedule subject to change.

 

Resident Audience and Passport Holder Exclusive Events

Open Masterclass, Lectures, and Special Events are only open to those audience members who have purchased BISQC packages such as our full-week or weekend on-campus buyers, as well as our passport package holders, unless otherwise noted.

Space is limited for the Open Masterclass, and seating is provided on a first come first served basis.

Lectures are approximately 45 minutes in length, with the exception of Friday, September 2 which will be 30 minutes.

Welcome: Sunday, August 28

Package pickup: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Full week package and passport holders will receive their BIQC tote bags with the competition guide and name badge. BISQC staff will be available during this time to answer questions. Background music will be provided by our youth quartet program participants.

Professional Development Centre (PDC) Lobby

Welcome Reception: 7:30 p.m.

Full week audience (package and passport holders) are invited to join us for welcome remarks by Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity President Janice Price and BISQC Director Barry Shiffman. Background music will be provided by our Youth Quartet Program participants.

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (KCCI) Husky Great Hall

 

Day 1: Monday, August 29

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

Lecture: 11 a.m.

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (KCCI) Husky Great Hall

 

Day 2: Tuesday, August 30

Denis Brott

In the Bank: origins of Canada Council’s Music Instrument Bank and its future

Lecture: 9 a.m.

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (KCCI) Husky Great Hall

 

Day 3: Wednesday, August 31

Free time to enjoy your surroundings, for excursion ideas please see BISQC website or the Audience Information Desk in the theatre lobby. Please note that Lunch in Vistas is NOT included in packages today so we encourage you to go exploring!

Morning until 2 p.m. concert

Open Masterclass

Students from the Youth Quartet Program receive coaching from BISQC Mentor in Residence Mark Steinberg.

Masterclass: 4:30 p.m.

Rolston Recital Hall

Mentor in Residence Program supported in honour of the R.S. Williams & Sons Company

 

Day 4: Thursday, September 1

Free time to enjoy your surroundings, for excursion ideas please see BISQC website or the Audience Information Desk in the theatre lobby.

After lunch until 8 p.m. concert

 

Day 5: Friday, September 2

Dinuk Wijeratne

Composer of the Canadian Commissioned work Dinuk Wijeratne in discussion with BISQC Director Barry Shiffman.

Lecture: 9 a.m.

Jenny Belzberg Theatre

This lecture is open to all who have purchased tickets to the concert that follows.

 

Dr. Stephan Ottrubay

Dr. Stephan Ottrubay, Director General of the Esterházy Foundation in discussion with BISQC director Barry Shiffman.

Lecture: 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Great Husky Hall, Kinear Centre

 

Free time to enjoy your surroundings, for excursion ideas please see BISQC website or the Audience Information Desk in the theatre lobby.

After lunch until 8 p.m. concert

 

Day 6: Saturday, September 3

Sebastian Ruth

Toward Many Publics: Music, Musicians, and Rethinking Purpose

Lecture: 9 a.m.

Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation (KCCI) Husky Great Hall

 

Day 7: Sunday, September 4

Free time to enjoy your surroundings, for excursion ideas please see BISQC website or the Audience Information Desk in the theatre lobby.

Morning until 2 p.m. concert

 

Note: Schedule subject to change

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

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

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. When you purchase a BISQC package or passport, you will have the same seat throughout the entire competition or weekend. 

* 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.

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.

Pre-Arrival Information

Package pickup for Full Week Package Holders

Sunday, August 28: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Professional Development Centre (PDC) Lobby

Full week package and passport holders will receive their BISQC tote bags with the competition guide and name badge. BISQC staff will be available during this time to answer questions. Background music will be provided by our Youth Quartet Program participants.


Package pickup for Four-Day Package Holders

Thursday, September 1: 4 - 6:30 p.m. | Professional Development Centre (PDC) Lobby

Packages will also be available for pickup from 7:15 - 8pm in the Jenny Belzberg Theatre lobby at the BISQC Audience Desk prior to the Alumni Gala Concert.


Package pickup for Three-Day Package Holders

Friday, September 2 | 4 - 6:30pm | Professional Development Building (PDC) Lobby

Packages will also be available for pickup from 7:15 - 8pm in the Jenny Belzberg Theatre lobby at the BISQC Audience Desk prior to the Special Event Presentation.


NOTE: If you are unable to pick up your package(s) during the times listed above, you must email* bisqc@banffcentre.ca to let us know so we can leave your name badge with the front desk of PDC so you have meal access. The remainder of your welcome materials will be available for pickup at the BISQC Audience Desk before or after any concert. 

NOTE: St. Julien Road is currently closed to all public access due to street construction. Access for walkers and cyclists can be made via the Ken Madsen path. Access for vehicles can be made via Buffalo Street and Tunnel Mountain Drive. A map and more detailed directions can be found here

During Your Stay

HEALTH & SAFETY

While all COVID-19 public health restrictions have been removed in the Province of Alberta, Banff Centre is committed to ensuring our campus is healthy and safe for all by strongly recommending PPE practices such as wearing a mask and utilizing hand sanitation stations regularly while visiting the Banff Centre. Other strategies BISQC is using to help support a healthy environment include offering takeaway boxes for meals, reduction of vendor set-up in theatre lobby, and free masks at the BISQC audience desk. We hope these recommendations and strategies will help keep patrons and staff as comfortable and safe as possible, as well as keep BISQC running! We thank you for your understanding and respect of individual choices. 
 
We recommend guests acquire test kits to bring with them so they may test if COVID-19 symptoms develop or have close contact with someone who develops COVID-19 during BISQC. Although rapid test kits are generally available in the town of Banff, availability can be inconsistent and there is no guarantee they will be available on your arrival to Banff. There are also locations in Banff where paid tests can be scheduled if preferred.
 
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 while at Banff Centre during BISQC, it is recommended to self-isolate and not access performance venues, dining facilities and other public spaces on campus. It is recommended for those who choose to self-isolate that they do so until their symptoms resolve completely to keep our Banff Centre community safe.
 
If an individual chooses not to self-isolate, Banff Centre asks that they wear a mask, practice social distancing, and are diligent about hand sanitization to help contain their illness. We also strongly recommend that the takeaway options be utilized for meals in this situation so as to avoid unnecessary exposures of others in the shared dining facilities.
 
Contact tracing is no longer being conducted on campus, and it will be at the discretion of the individual to choose whether or not they share with others if they test positive for COVID-19 during BISQC.

For full details about Banff Centre’s COVID-19 measures on-campus, please visit: banffcentre.ca/covid-19-measures


HOUSEKEEPING

As part of Banff Centre’s commitment to guest and staff safety, as well as managing demand on staff, we want to let you know in advance that our housekeeping staff will only service rooms upon request.

Light Service or additional amenities are available upon request during your stay. Full Service requests are only available to guests staying for 5 nights or more. All service requests must be made 48 hours in advance and are subject to availability.  Please note if you do not schedule any cleanings, your room will not be refreshed during your stay.

Light Service includes: vacuum, towel replacement, garbage removal and amenity replacement.

Full Service includes: bed linen change, bathroom cleaned, vacuum, towel replacement, garbage removal and amenity replacement.

We look forward to having you stay with us during BISQC. If you have any questions during your time on campus, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Front Desk, or the Bell Desk in the Professional Development Centre.

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

 

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.