Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019

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Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)
August 26
– September 1, 2019.

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 $150,000 in cash and prizes, including a Career Development Grant for all 7 quartets not advancing to finals, to support their emerging careers before a remarkably dedicated chamber music audience. The triennial competition 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 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.

On sale Dates: 

Renewal Period for BISQC 2016 Package and Passport holders: 
Wednesday, December 5 to December 21, 2018
Guaranteed same seats as 2016 or priority seat selection.

Package and passports: Pre-Purchase
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - January 2, 2019 (seats will be allocated in January.)
This pre-purchase guarantees your entry.
Seats will be allocated in January 2019, after all renewals have been completed.

Packages and Passports: General On Sale
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Individual tickets:
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The 2019 Competition and audience experience will follow a similar format as 2016. 

To view 2016 BISQC details as reference click here including 2016 schedule, ticket and package details,  and winners.  


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Banff, Alberta
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