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The finals of the 14th Banff Intercontinental String Quartet Competitors (BISQC) were held on Sunday 4 September at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativeness.
The Isidore Quartet (US) was named the winner following seven times of opposition between 9 quartets from close to the planet.
In addition to the $25,000 CAD hard cash prize, the quartet acquired a custom-built, 3-year inventive and occupation growth programme. This includes European and North American winners’ concert tours, arranged by Banff Centre, a two-week residency at Banff Centre which includes a recording developed by Banff Centre, as nicely as coaching, occupation steering, and mentorship.
The prize package deal also consists of a various residencies for the ensemble, such as the Southern Methodist University Peak Fellowship Ensemble-in-Home Prize at Meadows School of Arts, well worth around $200,000 CAD Esterházy Foundation Residency such as concerts at Haydn Corridor in Eisenstadt and the Lucerne Festival an opportunity for a two-week chamber songs residency at Britten Pears Arts in England and the Lawrence String Quartet’s ’John Lad Prize’, which includes BISQC winners’ live performance on the main phase of Stanford University’s Bing Recital Hall for Stanford Live’s collection in 2022-23.
The quartet also gained the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize of $4,000 for the very best performance of a Haydn quartet from the competition’s very first spherical.
Comprising violinists Phoenix Avalon and Adrian Steele, violist Devin Moore, and cellist Joshua McClendon, the Isidore Quartet was fashioned in 2019 as component of the chamber music programme at the Juilliard College. Adhering to the disruption of the Covid-19 pandemic, the quartet reconvened at the 2021 Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival underneath the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. The quartet counts Joseph Lin, Astrid Schween, Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Joel Krosnick as its coaches. The quartet just lately participated in the 2022 Ravinia Steans Audio Institute.
Opus13 (Norway/Sweden) gained second prize of $12,000, even though the Balourdet Quartet (US) gained third prize of $8,000. Every ensemble will also love a creative residency at the Banff Centre together with coaching and mentorship options.
The Canadian Fee Prize, worth $4,000 for the ideal effectiveness in the 3rd spherical of the newly commissioned quartet by Dinuk Wijeratne, went to Quatuor Agate (France), while Christine and David Anderson Job Improvement Prizes, worthy of $5,000 had been awarded to the quartets that did not advance to the finals, went to the Abeo Quartet, Animato Kwartet, Dior Quartet, Karski Quartet, Quatuor Agate and Terra String Quartet.
The jury consisted of Estelle Choi, James Ehnes, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Barnabás Kelemen, Catherine Manson, Károly Schranz and Sund-Received Yang.
The BISQC was recognized in 1983. Earlier winners of the competitiveness consist of the Marmen, Viano, St. Lawrence, Miró, Daedalus, Jupiter, TinAlley, Cecilia, Dover, and Rolston Quartets.