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Isidore String Quartet Wins 2022 Banff Competition

September 6, 2022, 12:55 PM · The New York-based Isidore String Quartet has won the 2022 Banff International String Quartet Competition, which concluded Saturday in Alberta, Canada after seven days of competition featuring nine quartets from around the world.

Isidore String Quartet
The Isidore String Quartet.

Here are all of the prize winners:

1st Place (CAD $25,000): Isidore String Quartet, of the U.S.

2nd Place (CAD $12,000): Opus13, of Norway/Sweden

3rd Place (CAD $$8,000): Balourdet Quartet, of the U.S.

The R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize (CAD $4,000): Isidore String Quartet - for the best performance of a Haydn quartet from Round 1

Canadian Commission Prize (CAD $4,000): Quatuor Agate, of France - for the best performance in Round 3 of the newly commissioned quartet by Dinuk Wijeratne.

Christine and David Anderson Career Development Prizes (CAD $5,000 apiece): Abeo Quartet of the U.S.; Animato Kwartet of The Netherlands/Norway; Dior Quartet of Israel/U.S./Korea-Canada/St. Lucia; Karski Quartet of Belgium/Poland; Quatuor Agate of France; and Terra String Quartet of the U.S./Venezuela/Iceland/Australia - In recognition of their extraordinary level of artistry, all six quartets not advancing to the finals will receive this prize to support their emerging careers.

The members of the Isidore String Quartet began studies as an ensemble in 2019 as part of the chamber music program at the Juilliard School. After a year off (amidst the global pandemic), the four members reconvened as a quartet at the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2021 under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick. The performance at Kneisel Hall was the impetus for the ensemble to continue moving forward as a quartet. Since the Fall of 2019, the ISQ has coached with Joseph Lin, Astrid Schween, Laurie Smukler, Roger Tapping, and Joel Krosnick.

Members of the quartet said they are heavily influenced by the Juilliard String Quartet and the idea of "treating the old as if it were new, and the new as if it were old."

The quartet has participated in the Honors Chamber Music program at Juilliard, given recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Morse Hall, and Paul Recital Hall, and has collaborated with members of the Juilliard Historical Performance department.

The jury for the 2022 Banff competition included Estelle Choi, James Ehnes, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Barnabás Kelemen, Catherine Manson, Károly Schranz and Sung-Won Yang.

Established in 1983, the Banff International String Quartet Competition is a celebration of chamber music in a festival format, and is recognized as one of the premier chamber music competitions in the world. Past winners have included the Marmen and Viano String Quartets (2019); Rolston String Quartet (2016); Dover Quartet (2013); Cecilia String Quartet (2010) and more.

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