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Applications for 2015 Competition open on 1st September 2014

The 4th Windsor Festival International String Competition took place 18-23rd March 2013. Over 100 applicants applied from over 30 different countries and from those 8 of the world's finest young string players from across the globe were selected as semi-finalists. They travelled to Windsor to participate in this competition, bringing an international competition to the heart of the local Windsor community. This year we were delighted to have been able to expand the competition to include a whole range of string related events for every age and taste – enabling everyone to get involved and join us in discovering the stars of tomorrow and inspiring our local young people today.

Prize fund valued at over £20,000

The foremost competition of its kind in the world, Windsor Festival International String Competition seeks out the exceptional string soloists of tomorrow. Prizes for the competition are 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, in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle during Windsor Festival in September, as well as a solo recording opportunity with our recording partner Champs Hill Records.


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.


Download the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition brochure for reference and to see what took place.

Latest News
Winner Benjamin Baker at Michael Hill International Violin Competition

Benjamin Baker (pictured here performing at the WFISC Final in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle), the winner of the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition, won the Development Prize at the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, currently taking place in New Zealand, where he is giving a concert tour.alt

WFISC Winners triumph at YCAT

Following finals at Wigmore Hall on 17th May, Benjamin Baker, Winner of WFISC 2013 and Michael Petrov, Third Prize winner of WFISC 2011, have been selected for YCAT representation. The prestigious Young Concert Artists Trust provide management and promotion throughout the world for exceptional young artists on the brink of international performing careers.

Results of the 4th WFISC

Following an exceptional night with performances of the very highest calibre, the results of the Fourth Windsor Festival International String Competition have been announced, and the prizes presented in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle by HRH The Earl of Wessex in front of an utterly enraptured audience:

First Prize and Audience Prize: Benjamin Baker

Second Prize: Yuka Ishizuka

Third Prize: Marisol Lee


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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Applications open for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition

1st September 2014

Closing date for applications for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition

1st December 2014

5th Windsor Festival International String Competition

16th – 21st March 2015

2013 Semi-finalists

The 2013 WFISC Semi-finalists were:



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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