The Dover Quartet wins first prize at the
2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition
Last night, competition director Barry Shiffman announced that the Dover Quartet (USA) has been awarded First Prize in the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC) at The Banff Centre. Following six days of judged concerts focused on classical, Romantic, and contemporary repertoire, the winner was chosen from a group of the worlds most accomplished young string quartets. In a competition that was remarkable for the very high standard of performances, the Dover Quartet consistently demonstrated an exceptional level of maturity, poise and artistry, said Barry Shiffman, Executive Director of BISQC. This young group is ready for a major performing career, and we look forward to working together to help make that happen.
The RBC Awards First Prize package includes a prize of $25,000 (CND), an extensive three-year career development programme including concert tours in Europe and North America, Banff Centre residencies, including the production of a CD recorded and produced by the Centres Audio department, and public relations assistance. The first prize also includes a quartet of custom bows by renowned bow maker Franois Malo, and a concert in Paris produced by ProQuartet. The evenings other RBC Award winners include: Second Prize ($12,000) Quatuor Cavatine (France) Third Prize ($8,000) Navarra Quartet (UK/Ireland/Netherlands) Szkely Prize ($3,000 awarded for the best performance of a Schubert quartet) Dover Quartet Canadian Commission Prize ($2,000 awarded for the best performance of Canadian composer Vivian Fungs String Quartet No. 3, commissioned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Banff Centre for the competition) Dover Quartet R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize ($3,000 awarded for the best performance of a Haydn Quartet) Dover Quartet Esterhazy Foundation Prize (Recital in Haydn Hall at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, for the First Prize laureate, including 2000 artist fee and travel expenses) The BISQC preliminary jury, charged with selecting the competitions 10 finalists included former member of the Concord Quartet and current coordinator of chamber music at the Tanglewood Music Centre Norman Fischer, violinist Jerzy Kaplanek of the Penderecki String Quartet, and violist and former member of the Takcs Quartet Roger Tapping. The seven competition jurors include violist Miguel de Silva, who plays for the Ysae Quartet; cellist Andrs Fejr, founder of the Takcs Quartet; violinist Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet and faculty member at the Yale School of Music; Garth Knox, former violist of the Arditti Quartet; violinist Nicolas Kitchen, founder of the Borromeo String Quartet; cellist Richard Lester of the London Haydn Quartet; and violinist Scott St. John of the St. Lawrence String Quartet.
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Notes to Editors The Dover Quartet Joel Link, violin Bryan Lee, violin Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola Camden Shaw, cello Considered one of the most remarkably talented young string quartets ever to emerge at such a young age, the Dover Quartet (formerly known as the Old City String Quartet) was the grand prize-winner of the 2010 Fischoff Competition. Formed at the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008, when its members were just 19 years old, the quartet draws from the musical lineage of both the Vermeer and Guarneri quartets, but brings a youthful enthusiasm and musical conviction to the repertoire that is truly its own. The Strad recently raved that the Dover Quartet is "already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretative maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble." The Dover Quartet has won prizes at the London International String Quartet Competition; and has taken part in festivals such as Artosphere, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. Recent performances include those for such influential series as the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Peoples' Symphony, Schneider Concerts, Kneisel Hall, and the Houston Friends of Chamber Music. The Dover Quartet will be continuing their close collaboration with violist Roberto Daz on an extensive European tour in spring 2013 including performances throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Individual members of the quartet have appeared as soloists with some of the world's finest orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, and BBC Concert Orchestra. The group's recording of the Mendelssohn and Debussy quartets (Unipheye Music) was awarded the Blue Moon Award by the highly respected audiophile website 6moons.com. The album's review by David Kan proclaimed that "...the maturity in these interpretations is phenomenal and disproportionate to the age [of the group]." The ensemble has worked intensively at the Curtis Institute with such renowned chamber musicians as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Arnold Steinhardt, Joseph Silverstein, and Peter Wiley; and is currently the graduate string quartet-in-residence at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music in Houston, Texas. About BISQC Founded in 1983 to mark the 50
th anniversary of The Banff Centre, BISQC is a triennial competition that brings together a
remarkably dedicated classical music audience, and helps support emerging careers. Recognized by the World Federation of International Music Competitions, it is among the top events of its kind. Past winners have included the St. Lawrence, Mir, Daedalus, Jupiter, TinAlley, and Cecilia String Quartets. BISQC takes place in the beautiful setting of Banff, Canadas first National Park, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About RBC's Commitment to Community and Sustainability Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) and its subsidiaries operate under the master brand name RBC. We are Canadas largest bank as measured by assets and market capitalization, and are among the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North Americas leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management services, insurance, and investor services and wholesale banking on a global basis. We employ approximately 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 15 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 44 other countries. For more information, please visit rbc.com. RBC supports a broad range of community initiatives through donations, sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2012, we contributed more than $95 million to causes worldwide, including donations and community investments of more than $64 million and $31 million in sponsorships. Additional funding for BISQC comes from the Freeze Family Career Development Fund and the Aurora Fund of The Banff Centre. The BISQC Commissioned Piece is supported by The Banff Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.