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Banff International String Quartet Competition 2019 winners announced!

In an unprecedented decision, the jury of the 13th Banff International String Quartet Competition awarded 2 quartets with the first prize this year: awardees are the Marmen Quartet from London together with the Viano String Quartet from Canada/USA.

The concerts of the winner's Europe tour will be split between the two and before long the schedule listing which quartet will play which concerts will be determined.

Created in 1983, the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) has since become recognized as one of the world’s leading international music competitions. Within a period of six days ten ensembles present themselves in front of a highly specialized jury and an enthusiastic audience. Being awarded a first prize in Banff is often the starting point for a flourishing carreer of a young string quartet.

Opus Klassik 2019 for the Signum Quartett

The Signum Quartett has won an Opus Klassik 2019 in the cathegory Best Chamber Music Recording String Quartet for its Schubert-CD Aus der Ferne (From Afar) on the lable Pentatone.

The quartet presents on this CD a combination of string quartets with lieder arranged for string quartet by violist Xandi van Dijk and hence shows how Schubert's instrumental and vocal music cross-pollinate each other.

  • Next events

    Jenaer Philharmonie with Lise de la Salle
    24.10. La Chaux de Fonds
    La Venexiana
    27.10. Berlin
    Reinhold Friedrich with Sebastian Küchler-Blessing
    27.10. Bestwig
    07.12. Kassel
    Dover Quartet
    05.11. Pullach
    06.11. Amsterdam
    07.11. Ulm
    08.11. Badenweiler
    10./11.11. Nyon / Genf
    12.11. Vevey
    Cédric Pescia
    05.11. Marseille
    23.11. Wetzlar
    Signum Quartett
    07.11. Darmstadt
    13.11. Hamburg
    15.11. Frankfurt
    16.11. Deckenpfronn
    11.12. London
    Ma'alot Quintett
    10.11. Balingen
    11.11. Bühl
    13.11. Trier
    Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig
    11.11. Ansbach
    21.11. La Chaux de Fonds
    12.12. Wien
    Busch Trio
    18.11. Berlin
    22.11. Heiligendamm
    Daniel Ottensamer
    18. - 20.11. Schwerin
    The Nash Ensemble of London
    26.11. Stuttgart
    28.11. Homburg
    30.11. Bensheim
    Azahar Ensemble
    03.12. Lausanne
    Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig with Ragna Schirmer
    04.12. Munich
    06.12. Bayreuth
    08.12. Worms
    09.12. Heinsberg
    Salaputia Brass
    06.12. St. Ulrich/Gröden
    07.12. Schwäbisch Hall
    08.12. Gernsbach
  • New CDs

    Concerto Italiano | Rinaldo Alessandrini

    "Bach - Ouvertures for Orchestra": Complete recording of theouvertures for orchestra by Johann Sebastian, Johann Bernhard and Johann Ludwig Bach (naïve)

    Busch Trio

    Fourth and final CD of Dvorak's complete chamber music for piano and strings, featuring the piano trios op. 21 and op. 26 (alpha | outhere)

    Nuria Rial, Dima Orsho & Musica Alta Ripa

    "Mother": Baroque Arias and Arabic Songs (Sony Music - DHM)

    Bob van Asperen

    "A Playlist for Rembrandt": Music from the Netherlands from Rembrandt's time (Aeolus)

    Daniel Ottensamer

    "La vie en rose": J. Francaix, C. Debussy, D. Milhaud, C. Saint-Saens, with Stephan Koncz (conduct and violoncello) and the Munich Symphony Orchestra (Sony classical)

    Concerto Italiano | Rinaldo Alessandrini

    "Un Viaggio a Roma": G.F. Händel, A. Scarlatti, A. Corelli et al. - Music from the early 18th century (naïve)

    Cédric Pescia

    "The Well-Tempered Clavier (complete)": J.S. Bach (la dolce volta)

    Azahar Ensemble

    "Turina x Turina": Works by Joaquin Turina and Jose Luis Turina (Profil Edition Günter Hänssler)

    Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipizig

    "Cosmopolitan Mendelssohn": Works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Volkmann, Donizetti, Gade (Klanglogo)