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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

    Marmen Quartet
    07.06.20 Jülich
    14.06.20 Zurich 17h
    09.08.20 Hitzacker
    29.08.20 Grafenegg
    Signum Quartett
    10.06.20 Cologne
    19.06.20 Würzburg
    02.09.20 Den Haag
    14.09.20 Merano
    Salaputia Brass
    20.06.20 Magdeburg
    Rolston String Quartet
    28.06.20 Kassel
    29.06.20 Berlin
    03.-05.07.20 Ernen (CH)
    Hélène Schmitt & Ensemble Luceram
    29./30.07.20 Valoire
    Cédric Pescia
    11.08.20 Festival du Comminges / Valcabrère with Philippe Cassard
    12.08.20 Festival du Périgord with Philippe Cassard
    08.09.20 Braunwald (CH)
    Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig
    29.08.20 Steinfurt with Daniel Ottensamer
    Daniel Ottensamer
    29.08.20 Steinfurt with Mendelssohn Kammerorchester Leipzig
    27.09.20 Blaibach with Hagen Quartett
    Azahar Ensemble</ink 27>
    03.09.20 Traunstein
    Busch Trio
    04.09.20 Burg Spantekow (Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
    Viano String Quartet
    12.09.20 Leipzig
    13.09.20 Wolfenbüttel
    15.09.20 Heidelberg
    16.09.20 Eisenstadt
  • New CDs

    Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Sopot

    Krzysztof Penderecki: Symphony No. 6 “Chinese Songs”

    Concerto for clarinet, strings, percussion & celesta (accord)

    The Nash Ensemble of London

    Clara Schumann: Piano Trio in g minor Op. 17

    Fanny Mendelssohn: Piano Trio in d major Op. 11, String Quartet in e flat major (Hyperion)

    Brentano String Quartet

    Wolfgang A. Mozart: String Quartets K 465 and K 428 (Azica)

    Daniel Ottensamer, Sinfonieorchester Basel, Ivor Bolton, Sophia Burgos, Benjamin Appl

    Luciano Berio – Transformation:

    Works by Bach, Boccherini, Brahms, Mahler (Sony Classical)

    La Venexiana, Emanuela Galli, Francesca Lombardi Mazzulli, Marta Fumagalli, Matteo Bellotto

    Giovanni Battista Bononcini: La conversione di Maddalena (Oratorium) (Glossa)

    Signum Quartett

    L.v.Beethoven: String Quartets Op. 130 & Op. 133


    Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra, Wojciech Rajski, Daniel Gaede

    L.v. Beethoven: Violin concert op. 61, double CD with string trio op. 3 (Daniel, Thomas and Sebastian Gaede) (Tacet)

    Ori Epstein & Omri Epstein

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