Banff - Banff International String Quartet Competition

Since 1983 the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) has celebrated the art of chamber music while providing unparalleled career support for emerging string quartets.

Intended as a one-time special event, the first BISQC was held in 1983 to mark Banff Centre’s 50th anniversary. The outstanding success of the first competition inspired organizers to make BISQC a triennial event that is now recognized world-wide.

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 $300,000 in cash and prizes, including the Anderson 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.   


Barry Shiffman
The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020
Banff T1L 1H5

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