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Applications for 2015 Competition now open

Applications for the 2015 Windsor Festival International String Competition are now open – please visit the application section of the website for full details. We welcome all violinists, violists and cellists from every corner of the globe between the ages of 16 and 26 to apply for the chance to win this prestigious competition and to launch their international career.

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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.

 

Latest News
WFSIC 2015 Applications closed

 Applications for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition, which will take place in March 2015, have now closed. The chosen semi-finalists will be announced here in the New Year, 6th January 2015. In the meantime Happy Christmas from everyone at Windsor Festival International String Competition.

 
2015 WFISC International Jury Announced

We are delighted to announce the panel of esteemed international jury for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition:

Erich Gruenberg OBE
Roger Benedict
Raphael Wallfisch

 
WFISC Ambassadors

We are honoured to welcome on board the WFISC Ambassadors, and thank them for their support of this competition:

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Tasmin Little OBE
Thomas Demenga

 
4th Windsor Festival International String Competition

First Prize winner and Audience Prize: Benjamin Baker
Second Prize winner: Yuka Ishizuka
Third Prize winner: Marisol Lee

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. 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.

 

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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Closing date for applications

1st December 2014


8 selected semi-finalists arrive in Windsor

15th March 2015


Semi-finals, The Guildhall, Windsor

18th March 2015


Final in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

20th March 2015


Winner performs concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra

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