Premio Paolo Borciani

12th International String Quartet Competition


Submission period

Thu Oct 15, 2020 at 4 AM UTC

End of submission period

Sun Feb 14 at 10:59 PM UTC

Results date

Sun Feb 28 at 5 PM UTC
UPDATE: Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia is pleased to announce the reopening of the selection procedure for the 12th International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani" – which, originally planned for 2020, as a consequence of Covid-19 will be postponed to June 2021, from 5th to 13th, in Reggio Emilia, Italy.
Already selected applications will be considered valid. Is it possible to submit new applications from June 18th to February 14th 2021. All the details are available at the website

Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia is pleased to present the 12th International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani", which will be held in Reggio Emilia, Italy, from June 7th till 14th 2020.

The Competition, which had among the winners famous quartets including Keller, Artemis e Kuss, is member of the World Federation of International Music Competitions. Dedicated to Paolo Borciani, founder of the world-famous Quartetto Italiano, it takes place every three years in order to focus the attention on chamber music, which is believed to be the essence of all musical principles, and it shows a better than € 45.000 prize pool.

The Jury chaired by Emmanuel Hondré (Philharmonie de Paris) also featured Martin Beaver (Tokyo SQ), Francesco Dillon (Prometeo QT), Veronika Hagen (Hagen QT), Alexander Lonquich, Kim Kashkashian, Abel Tomàs (Casals QT). In the pre-selection commission: Emilie Delorme (Académie d’Aix en Provence), Jeanne Maisonhaute (Tana QT), Geneviève Strosser, Francesco Filidei.

Among performed pieces will be the world premiere of a piece commissioned to the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.

Competition rules and info: