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VC Artist Isidore String Quartet

Banff International String Quartet Festival Announces 2024 Program

Presenting concerts with competition alumni alongside renowned artists, this year’s edition will be held from August 30 to September 1, 2024


Canada’s Banff International String Quartet Festival (BISQFest) was founded in 2017, following the success of the triennial Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC).

Led by its director Barry Shiffman, BISQC 2024 will be held across three days from August 30 to September 1, 2024, at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in the Rocky Mountains of Banff, Alberta. 

The immersive event will comprise live concerts, artists’ talks with Time’s Echo author Jeremy Eichler, and masterclasses with violinist James Ehnes.

Featured performers at BISQFest 2024 include Barry Shiffman, James Ehnes, Ehnes Quartet, VC Artist Isidore String Quartet, VC Artist Viano Quartet, Cheng² Duo, Israeli Chamber Project, Andy Milne, Jeremy Eichle, Adrian Fung, Robert Uchida, and David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet.

The program includes works by Sibelius, Grieg, Bruch, Bach, Elgar, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Debussy, Strauss, Barber, Schumann, Dinuk Wijeratne, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Andy Milne, plus quartets from Kronos Quartet’s 50 for the Future project by Nicole Lizee, Missy Mazzoli, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq, and Wu Man.

Following a fast sell-out of ticket packages, a limited number of individual concert tickets have become available starting June 12, 2024. The festival schedule and ticket booking forms can be found here.

“We're excited about the overwhelming response to our packages, and we're nearly sold out, but you can join the waitlist!” the event organizers wrote on Facebook. “Our team is working hard to accommodate as many package buyer requests as possible, so be sure to submit your booking request form to be put in priority sequence.”

upcoming events

july 2024

16julAll Day27Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello & Baroque Cello Competition(All Day) Thomaskirche Leipzig, Thomaskirchhof, Thomaskirchhof 18, 04109 Leipzig, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsBaroque Cello Competition,Cello Competition,Johann Sebastian Bach International Cello Competition

august 2024

19augAll Day24Tibor Varga International Junior Violin Competition(All Day) Ferme-Asile, Promenade des Pêcheurs 10 1950 Sion SuisseEvent Type :competitions Event Tagscompetition,Tibor Varga

22augAll Day01sepKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition(All Day) Schöntal Monastery, Klosterhof 6, 74214 Schöntal, GermanyEvent Type :competitions Event TagsKloster Schöntal International Violin Competition

26augAll Day30London Classic Violin Competition(All Day) Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2BS, United KingdomEvent Type :competitions Event TagsClassic Violin Olympus International Competition,violin competition

30augAll Day01sepBanff International String Quartet Festival(All Day) The Banff Centre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Drive Box 1020 Banff T1L 1H5 Canada Event Type :Other Event TagsBanff International String Quartet Festival,string quartet


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