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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.


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Tickets for WFISC 2015

The box office for events of the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition will open to the general public on Monday 9th February 2015, when you will be able to purchase tickets for all events - Semi-finals, Finals, Masterclasses, Lunch with the Jury and the Berkshire Young String Player of the Year. Tickets will be avaible online or by phone 01753 743585.

WFISC 2015 Semi-finalists announced

Following applications from over 160 applicants coming from 36 countries across the world, the following 8 semi-finalists have been selected for WFISC 2015:

Elina Buksha - Violin - Latvia

Jonathan Dormand - Cello - Britain

Cristian Grajner-Desa - Violin - Britain

Stanlislas Kim - Cello - France

Ting-Ru Lai - Viola - Taiwan

Christine Jeong Lee - Cello - South Korea

Ji Yoon Lee - Violin - South Korea

Timothy Ridout - Viola - Britain

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


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


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