august, 2022

25augAll Day05sepBanff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)Banff, Canada

Event Details

August 29 – September 4, 2022

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.

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.   

Key dates for BISQC 2022: 
October 4th, 2021: Applications Open for Quartets
January 26, 2022: Audience Package sales open
March 1st, 2022: Applications close for Quartets
August 29 to September 4, 2022: Banff International String Quartet Competition in Banff, Alberta! 

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.



August 25 (Thursday) - September 5 (Monday)