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History of the competition

In 2022, the tenth edition of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition will take place. It was created in 1999 by Alain Meunier and Bernard Lummeaux and is now conducted by the Modigliani Quartet and Julien Kieffer.

Created in 1999 by the cellist Alain Meunier and Bernard Lummeaux, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition has established itself as an essential reference in the landscape of chamber music and international competitions. It takes place every three years, alternating with the Premio Paolo Borciani Competition (Reggio Emilia) and the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition (London).

Taking over from the Evian Competition launched in 1977 by Serge Zehnacker, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition has revealed a wealth of ensembles on the verge of brilliant careers. The Prazák (1978), Hagen (1983) and Ysaÿe (1988) quartets won the First Grand Prix in Evian; the Belcea (1999), Ebène (2003) and Schumann (2013) quartets extended the prestigious list of competition winners in Bordeaux.

Under the joint direction of Alain Meunier and Bernard Lummeaux for twenty years until 2019, the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition is now beginning a new stage in its rich history: the Modigliani Quartet and Julien Kieffer are now entrusted with the direction of the competition.