10 quartets named for Banff finals

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BANFF, AB, April 30, 2019 – Ten of the world’s finest quartets will compete for the most coveted prize in chamber music at the 13th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Chosen by a preliminary jury of internationally celebrated musicians, these 10 quartets were selected from a competitive pool of applicants representing 5 continents. They will showcase their skill during five rounds of competition from August 26 – September 1, 2019. The quartets will be competing for over $300,000 in cash and prizes, one of the most generous awards in chamber music internatonally.

The quartets are (in alphabetical order):


• Callisto Quartet (USA)
• Eliot Quartett (Germany / Russia / Canada)
• Marmen Quartet (UK)
• Omer Quartet (USA)
• Quatuor Agate (France)
• Quatuor Elmire (France)
• Ruisi Quartet (UK)
• Ulysses Quartet (Canada / USA / Taiwan)
• Vera Quartet (Spain / USA)
• Viano String Quartet (Canada / USA)