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Two Norfolk Alumni Quartets
Earn Top Prizes At Banff
International String Quartet Competition

September 22, 2016

Rolston String String Quartet | Tianxiao Zhang Photography

The Rolston String Quartet (Norfolk ’16) has been named the First Prize Laureate and the Tesla Quartet (Norfolk ’11) earned second prize at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition. The competition concluded after five rounds on Saturday, September 4.

“In addition to a generous cash prize of $25,000,” the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity announced, “the Rolston String Quartet will benefit from a comprehensive custom-designed three-year career development program including a professional recording at Banff Centre and a performance tour in over 50 North American and European cities.” The quartet also won the Esterházy Foundation Prize and the Lunenburg Academy of Music Performance Prize.


Tesla Quartet | Photo by Arthur Moeller

Along with a $12,000 cash prize and a fully funded future residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Tesla Quartet won the R.S. Williams & Sons Haydn Prize for the best performance of a Haydn quartet and the Canadian Commission Prize for the best performance of Zosha di Castri’s String Quartet No. 1. Both prizes are accompanied by a $3,000 award.

Founded in 1983 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Banff Centre, BISQC gives audiences an in-depth and behind-the-scenes look at the thrill and heartbreak of a live chamber music competition as 10 of the world’s best string quartets vie for over $150,000 in cash and prizes before a remarkably dedicated chamber music audience.