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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

    Viano String Quartet
    17.01.2020 Esch-sur-Alzette
    18.01.2020 Wittlich
    19.01.2020 Heppenheim
    20.01.2020 Bremen
    22.01.2020 Berlin
    24.01.2020 Brussels
    Rolston String Quartet
    This tour is part of the culture program related to Canada’s Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2020.
    We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.
    17.01.2020 Munich
    18.01.2020 Aalen
    19./20.01.2020 Wuppertal
    Dover Quartet
    16.01.2020 Paris
    17.01.2020 Halifax
    18.01.2020 Sheffield
    19.01.2020 London
    20.01.2020 London
    22.01.2020 Ettelbruck
    23.01.2020 Essen
    26.01.2020 Ittingen
    28.01.2020 Maribor
    30.01.2020 Blaibach
    Reinhold Friedrich
    18.-24.01.2020 Aarau
    27.01.2020 Zurich
    Signum Quartett
    21.01.2020 Gevelsberg
    23.-26.01.2020 Heidelberg
    29.01.-01.02.2020 Amsterdam
    08.02.2020 Eching
    Busch Trio
    22.01.2020 Solingen
    16.02.2020 Marburg
    Marmen Quartet
    12.01.2020 Paris
    26.01.2020 Amsterdam
    01.02.2020 Tegernsee
    04.02.2020 Basel
    05.02.2020 Nuremberg
    07.02.2020 Ulm
    08.02.2020 Bruchsal
    09.02.2020 Fulda
    11.02.2020 Brixen
    12.02.2020 Merano
    Juilliard String Quartet
    27.01.2020 Amsterdam
    28.01.2020 Vienna
    29.01.2020 Amsterdam
    La Venexiana
    28.01.2020 Vevey
    Daniel Ottensamer
    08.02.2020 Zurich
    daniel ottensamer music
    09.02.2020 Düsseldorf
    Cédric Pescia
    12.02.2020 Marseille
    16.02.2020 Brussels
    29.02.2020 Magdeburg
    Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig
    14.02.2020 Holzminden with Clara Dent
  • New CDs

    Ori Epstein & Omri Epstein

    "Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano & Cello": 2 CDs (LINN | outhere)

    Rolston Sting Quartet

    "Souvenirs: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky": the string quartets op. 11 und op. 39 (arr.) as well as the string sextet op. 70 with Miguel da Silva and Gary Hoffman (outhere)

    Regula Mühlemann, Tatiana Korsunskaya, Daniel Ottensamer & Konstantin Timokhine

    "Songs from home - Lieder der Heimat": songs by Schubert, Baumgartner, Flury, Liszt and others (sony classical)

    Dover Quartet

    "The Schumann Quartets": the three sting quartets op. 41 by Robert Schumann (Azica)

    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)