In 2008, Windsor Festival launched its International String Competition in honour of Sir Yehudi Menuhin. Menuhin, along with Ian Hunter, was one of the founding Artistic Directors of the Festival which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, and his orchestra and family, along with many friends, were the major participants in the early years.

It is now held biennially, taking place in March, and we look forward to the sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition in 2017.

The foremost competition of its kind in the world, Windsor Festival International String Competition seeks out the exceptional string soloists of tomorrow from all corners of the globe, to compete for an exciting range of prizes and the opportunity to launch their professional career. 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. The competition takes place in the unique and glorious surroundings of Windsor Castle, by gracious permission of Her Majesty The Queen.

As Festival Director I feel strongly that it is important that we live-up to the example set by Yehudi Menuhin in fostering talent and building opportunities for those at the start of their musical careers. We consider this Competition an important and integral addition to the Festival. Through it our vision is to build strong relationships with the next generation of performers, to ensure that talent is nurtured, encouraged and supported.

We are delighted and most grateful to our sponsors, whose partnership enables us to achieve this. We are most grateful to those who have donated prizes and to those who have agreed to join the international jury. The strength of this panel and the quality of the prizes enable us to continue developing and expanding the Competition, confident of its appeal.



Martin Denny
Festival Director

Previous Winners

Jiyoon Lee

2015 Winner

Ji Yoon Lee

Second Prize
Timothy Ridout

Third Prize and Audience Prize
Elina Buksha

Benjamin Baker, Winner of the 2013 Windsor Festival International String Competition

2013 Winner and Audience Prize

Benjamin Baker

Second Prize
Yuka Ishizuka

Third Prize
Marisol Lee


2011 Winner

Yuki Ito

Second Prize
Jiafeng Chen

Third Prize and Audience Prize
Michael Petrov


2009 Winner

Diana Galvydyte

Second Prize
Savitri Grier

Audience Prize
Diana Galvydyte


2008 Winner

Brian O'Kane

Second Prize
Joo Yeon Sir

Audience Prize
David McCaroll

Bow Prize
Adam Newman


“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.

The competition is now widely known as the most important international competition for string players in the UK, and I believe with confidence that the WFISC is truly the one every young string player around the globe who has the ambition to be professional should go through!"

Yuki Ito, First Prize Winner 2011

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