History of the Competition

The International String Quartet Competition "Premio Paolo Borciani" was created in 1987 by unanimous decision of the councillors of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia and is dedicated to their famous fellow citizen Paolo Borciani, founder and first violin of the Quartetto Italiano.
The Premio has now become one of the most prestigious competitions in the world. It takes place every three years at Teatro Municipale Valli in Reggio Emilia, promoted and organised by Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia.

Ten editions took place so far, six of which have had a winner: Keller Quartet (Hungary) in 1990, Artemis Quartet (Germany) in 1997, Kuss Quartet (Germany) in 2002, Pavel Haas Quartet (Czech Republic) in 2005, Bennewitz Quartet (Czech Republic) in 2008, Kelemen Quartet (Hungary) in 2014.
Their careers was launched by Premio Borciani, through the long tour in Europe, United States and Japan, offered to the winners as part of the First Prize.

The competition’s musical program includes every year a contemporary quartet piece, either especially commissioned or selected from the major today’s repertoire, by some of the most valued living composers: Marco Stroppa (1994), Luciano Berio (1997), Salvatore Sciarrino (2000), Wolfgang Rihm (2002), Peter Maxwell Davies (2005), Giovanni Sollima (2008), Giya Kancheli (2011), Thomas Adès (2014).

The members of the jury, expressly selected in every edition, are world-known instrumentalists, musicologists, musical managers and journalists.

Ultimo aggiornamento: 07/03/18