10 quartets named for Banff finals

10 quartets named for Banff finals


norman lebrecht

May 01, 2019

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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)


  • Larry says:

    Congratulations to all but somehow it seems that all of the really good string quartet names have already been taken so now they resort to “Ulysses” and “Callisto” and “Omer.”

    Norman, do you suppose that “Omer” refers to Lag B’Omer?

    Just curious. Congratulations to all!

  • Terence says:

    What a contrast to violin competitions where so many are from NE Asia. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time.

    I wish I were in Banff for this – the string quartet is one of the glories of music.