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Introducing WFISC 2017

The world-renowned Windsor Festival International String Competition returns this March with a prize-fund of over £20,000. Searching for the star performer of a generation, the 6th biennial competition will launch the career of one successful violinist, violist or cellist. From 170 applicants and 44 countries worldwide, the following eight have been selected. These chosen semi-finalists will travel to Windsor, in a meeting of extraordinary talent, to perform in front of a panel of international jury and you the audience. The Final – taking place on Friday 17th March in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle – will see the top three contest for the coveted title of WFISC 2017 Winner. Come and have your vote, get to know the best young string players the world has to offer, and be a part of musical history in what promises to be the best competition yet.

Prize fund valued at over £20,000

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 and a fine bow from Bishop Instruments and Bows, as well as a solo recording opportunity with our recording partner Champs Hill Records.

Meet the semi-finalists, hear them and encourage them in your own words!

Karolina Errera Rose Hsien Luke Hsu Zornitsa Ilarionova Jonian Ilias Kadesha Mon Puo Lee Nathan Meltzer Arsenis Selalmazidis

Download the 2017 Competition Brochure.


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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Latest News
Nathan Meltzer wins WFISC 2017

In an amazing display of talent, flair, artistry and techinique, in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, the 2017 WFISC final played out in front of a sold-out audience. The Panel of International Jury reached their verdict, the audience had their vote in the audience prize, and the results are announced: 

        WINNER of WFISC 2017 and of the AUDIENCE PRIZE - 16 year old Nathan Meltzer from the USA

       2nd Place - Jonian Ilias Kadesha, 24, from Greece

         3rd Place - Luke Hsu, 26, from USA 


                   Many, many congratulations to all!


WFISC Finalists Announced

Following a day of exemplary semi-finals, the three finalists of the 2017 WFISC have been selected by the Panel of International Jury, and are announced (in the order in which they will perform in the final):

Luke Hsu

Nathan Meltzer

Jonian Ilias Kadesha

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!" 


"Winning the 2013 WFISC was a turning point in my musical life and marked the true beginning of my professional career. Many musical doors have opened internationally as a result of winning the WFISC. The high esteem that it is held in, and its ever increasing fine reputation, have made many exciting musical projects possible."

Benjamin Baker, First Prize Winner, 2013

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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