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Banff International String Quartet Competition (11th edition)

Eric Harvie Theatre at Banff Centre, Canada

11th edition

The 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) at The Banff Centre awarded the Dover Quartet the first prize. Following six days of juried concerts focused on classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire, the winner was chosen from a group of the world’s most accomplished young string quartets.

"In a competition that was remarkable for the very high standard of performances, the Dover Quartet consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity, poise and artistry," said Barry Shiffman, Executive Director of BISQC. "This young group is ready for a major performing career, and we look forward to working together to help make that happen."

The RBC Awards First Prize package includes a prize of $25,000 (CND), an extensive three-year career development program including concert tours in Europe and North America, Banff Centre residencies, including the production of a CD recorded and produced by the Centre’s Audio department, and public relations assistance. As well, the first prize includes a quartet of custom bows by renowned bow maker François Malo, and a concert in Paris produced by ProQuartet.

This year's other RBC Award winners include:

  • Second Prize ($12,000) – Quatuor Cavatine (France)
  • Third Prize ($8,000) – Navarra Quartet (UK/Ireland/Netherlands)
  • Székely Prize ($3,000 awarded for the best performance of a Schubert quartet) – Dover Quartet
  • Canadian Commission Prize ($2,000 awarded for the best performance of Canadian composer Vivian Fung’s String Quartet No. 3, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre for the competition) – Dover Quartet
  • R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize ($3,000 awarded for the best performance of a Haydn Quartet) – Dover Quartet

Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC)
Barry Shiffman, Artistic Director
The Banff Centre
Banff, Alberta, CANADA

All Concerts recorded by The Banff Centre, Film & Media Department:
Kerry Stauffer, Executive Director, Film & Media
Theresa Leonard, Director/Executive Producer, Audio
Richard King, Guest Faculty Engineer, BISQC

Watch the final round of the Banff Competition: