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Friday, August 30, 2013

2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition ready to go live on the air

August 26 to September 1 • Eric Harvie Theatre • The Banff Centre 
            Box Office: 403.762.6301 or 1.800.413.8368 
                  http://www.banffcentre.ca/bisqc/



The Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) kicks off six days of intense concert rounds today at The Banff Centre, with ten of the world’s finest emerging string quartets. Music fans from around the world have come to Banff to experience the full week of competition, and The Banff Centre will reach a much larger, global audience through live streaming and daily online coverage of BISQC.

During the competition, August 26 to September 1, each of the ten quartets will perform a range of repertoire in multiple performances before a dedicated audience of more than 900. Works performed will include repertoire of classical, Romantic, and 20th century music, as well as a new work by Canadian composer Vivian Fung, co-commissioned by The Banff Centre and CBC. Three quartets will be chosen on August 31 to perform a work of Beethoven in the final round on Sunday, September 1, which will wrap up with the RBC Awards.

In partnership with The Banff Centre’s Film and Media department, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will deliver competition coverage to listeners ― live streaming, interviews, competition highlights and updates by CBC hosts Paolo Pietropaolo, host of In Concert, and Julie Nesrallah, host of Tempo. CBC will live stream video of each recital round, and provide interviews and updates online at cbcmusic.ca/bisqc. The Banff Centre will also be providing daily audio, video (in partnership with Riddle Films), and photography of BISQC through the Banff Centre Blog : banffcentre.org

Created in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of The Banff Centre and presented every three years, BISQC is recognized as one of the world’s leading international music competitions. The competition is open to quartets of all nationalities whose members are all under the age of 35. The RBC Awards include more than $250,000 in cash and prizes, including the offer of a Banff Centre residency and CD recording, a set of bows by internationally-renowned Canadian bow maker François Malo, and a recital tour of Europe and North America.

 The quartets selected to compete in 2013 include the Anima Quartet (Russia/China), Attacca Quartet (USA), Calidore String Quartet (USA/Canada), Dover Quartet (USA), Gémeaux Quartett (Switzerland), Linden String Quartet (USA/Canada), Navarra Quartet (UK/Ireland/the Netherlands), Noga Quartet (France/Israel), Quatuor Cavatine (France), and the Schumann Quartett (Germany). Complete quartet biographies: banffcentre.ca/bisqc/quartets/

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