The Banff Centre has introduced the re-appointment of Barry Shiffman as Director of the Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors (BISQC) and Pageant. He’ll now maintain that place by means of 2028.
Janice Value, Banff Centre CEO and President, commented in a media assertion. “Barry’s international expertise and repute within the classical music world makes him the right option to proceed his impressed management of those treasured Banff Centre packages.”
The Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors
The inaugural BISQC was held in 1983 – and it was speculated to be the final. Supposed as one-off particular occasion to rejoice the Banff Centre’s fiftieth anniversary, the runaway success of that first competitors led to its longevity. The triennial competitors had its 14th iteration in 2022.
Along with the competitors, in 2017, the non-competitive Banff Worldwide String Quartet Pageant or BISQFest was launched as a three-day showcase. BISQFest will return within the fall of 2023, that includes alumni of the competitors in addition to company.
Beneath Shiffman’s tenure, BISQC’s attain has been prolonged worldwide. As a part of the bundle, the profitable quartet is obtainable live performance alternatives, and people now prolong throughout North America and Europe.
- Barry Shiffman, B.M., ARCT is an achieved violinist and violist with a global repute;
- Co-founder of the St. Lawrence String Quartet (SLSQ);
- With SLSQ, he recorded a number of releases below the EMI Classics label;
- He’s the present Director, The Taylor Academy and Affiliate Dean & Director of Chamber Music, The Glenn Gould Faculty (since 2010);
- Artist-in-residence at Stanford College from 1998 to 2006, and visiting artist on the College of Toronto from 1995 to 2006;
- Served on the jury of the Tchaikovsky and Montreal Violin Competitions, and the String Quartet Competitions of London Wigmore Corridor, Lyon and Geneva.
On the Banff Centre, he initially served as Director of Music Applications (2006-2010), then Creative Director of the Centre’s Summer time Classical Music Applications (2010-2016), concurrent along with his appointment in 2006 as Government Director of the Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors.
Shiffman has commissioned a number of unique new works, together with items for piano by jazz pianists / composers Uri Caine, Danilo Perez, and Andy Milne, and the extent of annual giving and endowment funds have elevated since he initially took on the appointment in 2006.
“I’m delighted to be given the chance to proceed main the Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors and Pageant by means of 2028,” says Barry in an announcement. “BISQC has actually reinvented what a contest expertise might be for each performers and audiences. All musicians taking part are wrapped within the cocoon of assist that has been a part of the Banff Centre expertise for many years. Younger artists go away Banff uplifted, empowered, and appreciated. As we transfer ahead, we are going to proceed to construct on our sturdy basis supporting younger artists and increasing alternatives with our many companions in Canada and overseas.”
The Banff Worldwide String Quartet Pageant will happen September 1-3, 2023. Extra info right here.
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