14th Banff International String Quartet Competition Announces Participants


Representing 16 different countries, the competitors of the 14th Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) will convene in Banff, Canada to compete in five rounds of competition.

A preliminary jury made up of Aaron Boyd, Andrew Wan, and Andrew Yee selected ten of the world’s finest quartets to participate.


The quartets are:

  • Abeo Quartet – USA

  • Animato Kwartet – The Netherlands/Norway

  • Balourdet Quartet – USA

  • Dior Quartet – Israel/USA/Korea-Canada/St. Lucia

  • Isidore String Quartet – USA

  • Karski String Quartet – Belgium/Poland

  • Opus13 – Norway/Sweden

  • Quatuor Agate – France

  • Sonoro Quartet – Belgium/Ireland

  • Terra String Quartet -USA/Venezuela/Iceland/Australia



Open to string quartets with all members under the age of 35, the competition’s first prize laureates will receive a custom-designed three-year artistic and career development program. This includes the Southern Methodist University Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Residence Prize, a two-year paid residency worth $200,000 CAD, as well as an Esterházy Foundation Residency with concerts at Haydn Hall in Eisenstadt and the Lucerne Festival.

The three top laureate quartets are offered residency opportunities at Banff Centre, while all seven quartets not advancing to the finals will receive a Christine and David Anderson Prize of $5,000.00 CAD.

All quartets invited to participate will be provided transportation from their home to Banff, as well as room and board for the duration of the competition.

Established in 1983 as part of Banff Centre’s 50th anniversary, BISQC is held once every three years. Directed by Barry Shiffman, this year’s edition will be the first presentation in Banff Centre’s newly revitalized Jenny Belzberg Theatre.

„We are thrilled to invite ten of the world’s best emerging string quartets to Banff for the Banff International String Quartet Competition,“ said Barry Shiffman, Director of the Banff International String Quartet Competition. „It is hard to overstate how life and career changing these opportunities are for emerging ensembles, and how excited we are to be able to recognize the talents of BISQC musicians.“

Previous first prize winners include the Cecilia String QuartetRolston String Quartet, and Marmen Quartet — plus VC Artist Dover Quartet and VC Young Artist Viano Quartet.

All rounds of the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition will be streamed LIVE here on The Violin Channel. You won’t miss a beat.

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