Rules and prizes

The rules of the 2022 competition and the prizes for the winners are available here :

Download the rules of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition 2022.

Ten quartets will be selected to participate in the competition.

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2022

Prizes of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition 2022


First Grand Prize

  • €20,000
  • A set of bows by Edwin Clément, Meilleur Ouvrier de France (valuedat €35,000) – generously offered by Mrs. Inès Cointreau-Troesch
  • A recording project for an album produced by Mirare anddistributed by Pias/Harmonia Mundi
  • An international tour over two years, organised by CLBManagement in collaboration with local partners Reiko Tanaka in Japan, Atalanta Artists in Spain, Claudia Fehland-Köster in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and Marie-Catherine Lapointe in Canada.
  • Henle Urtext Prize (scores)


Second Prize

  • €10,000
  • Four top-quality instrument cases donated by BAM Cases (valued at €3,400)
  • ProQuartet Prize: an invitation to a series of masterclasses to be chosen by the prizewinner (including teaching, accommodation and transport costs), and a concert in the ProQuartet season
  • Henle Urtext Prize (scores)


Third Prize

  • €5,000
  • An invitation for the quartet to the Saint-Jean de Luz/Ciboure Ravel Academy (including teaching and accommodation costs)
  • Henle Urtext Prize (scores)


Contemporary Work Prize

• €2,000


Young Listeners’ Prize (awarded by students from highschool and Bordeaux music conservatory and PESMD students)

• €1,000


Audience Prize (awarded by the audience at the final)


Each candidate will received a set of strings offered by Larsen Strings

Prizes will be awarded gross of tax-related charges.