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The Fifth Windsor Festival International String Competition, the foremost competition of its kind in the world, seeks out the exceptional string soloists of tomorrow as they compete for the first prize valued at over £20,000. 160 applicants applied from over 36 different countries and through 2 preliminary rounds, 8 of the world’s finest young string players from across the globe have been selected as semi-finalists. They will travel to Windsor to participate in this competition, bringing an international competition to the heart of the local Windsor community and culture. The competition includes a whole range of string related events for every age and taste - do peruse what is on offer, get involved and join us in discovering the stars of tomorrow and inspiring our local youth of today. This year, in 2015, we are delighted to inaugurate the Berkshire Young String Player of the Year as we seek out, nurture and inspire local young talent through the unique world-class International Competition we have.

Semi-finalists compete for a prize fund valued at over £20,000

“Come and see our exceptional semi-finalists through the rounds as they fiercely compete for prizes valued at over £20,000, with a unique opportunity for the First Prize Winner to return to Windsor to play a concerto with the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, our associate orchestra, at the Windsor Festival in September 2015 under the baton of Jac van Steen, and a solo recording opportunity with our recording partner Champs Hill Records. Check out the semi-finalists page to meet the musicians, hear them and encourage them in your own words!”

Meet the semi-finalists


home-windsor-castlLocation: Windsor Castle

The Final takes place in Windsor Castle, one of the official Residences of Her Majesty The Queen. Located less than an hour from London, London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. The semi-finals take place in the historic Windsor Guildhall.


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JiYoon Lee on winning WFISC 2015

"The WFISC has provided me with a fantastic platform from which I will continue to make my dream come true. The opportunity to perform together with the Philharmonia Orchestra and a professional studio recording will be two very important steps on the way to become the artist I one day hope to be. I had the most wonderful time in Windsor. I was made to feel so comfortable, and had a delightful time, which rarely happens when I am in a competition. I really enjoyed giving concerts in beautiful halls for wonderful audiences, and I was incredibly impressed by how the organisation of WFISC made everything possible. I absolutely think WFISC is an ideal model of how competitions should be!" 

Results of 5th WFISC 2015

The results of the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition were announced on Friday 20th March, with prizes presented by Patron, HRH The Earl of Wessex.

First Prize - Ji Yoon Lee

Second Prize - Timothy Ridout

Third Prize and Audience Prize - Elina Buksha

Many Congratulations indeed to all WFISC 2015 winners!


A special note from Yuki Ito...

“Winning the WFISC was the real start of my professional career, as I was given extremely valuable opportunities which led to further engagements, such as performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, professional CD recording, BBC Radio appearances, many recital engagements and even a chance to perform to HRH The Prince Edward."

Yuki Ito, First Prize Winner 2011

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Dates for your diary


Berkshire Maestros Young String Player of the Year in association with WFSIC

15th March 2015

WFISC Schools’ Visits

16th March 2015

WFISC Semi-finals

18th March 2015

Lunch with the WFISC Jury

19th March 2015

Cello Masterclass with Raphael Wallfisch

19th March 2015

WFISC 2015 Final

20th March 2015

Raphael Wallfisch with Berkshire Maestros

21st March 2015

Winner of WFISC 2015 performs concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Jac van Steen

24th September 2015

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Image Credits - Brian O’Kane by Maureen Mclean. Diane Galvydyte by Kaptured Moments International. Windsor Castle by Gareth Dayus-Jones. Award Ceremony by Kaptured Moments International. Benjamin Baker with Philharmonia Orchestra by Gill Aspel