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Applications for 2017 Competition are now open

The foremost competition of its kind in the world, Windsor Festival International String Competition seeks out the exceptional string soloists of tomorrow. The 6th Windsor Festival International String Competition will take place 12-18th March 2017. 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. Semi-finalists will travel to Windsor to participate in this competition, as we bring bringing an international competition, and associated concerts, masterclasses and schools visits to the heart of the local Windsor community. We are also delighted to simultaneously host the Berkshire Young Musician of the Year competition in partnership with Berkshire Maestros – enabling everyone to get involved and join us in discovering the stars of tomorrow and seeking out, nurturing, and inspiring our local young people today.

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.

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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WFISC 2017 Semi-finalists announced

The Windsor Festival International String Competition 2017 Semi-finalists have been announced. Selected from over 170 applicants coming from over 44 countries of the world, this year's semi-finalists feature prize-winners and laureates of many of the best known international competitions:

Karolina Errera, 23, (viola) from Russia

Rose Hsien, 23, (violin) from Taiwan

Luke Hsu, 26, (violin) from USA

Zornitsa Ilarionova, 24, (violin) from Bulgaria

Jonian Ilias Kadsha, 23, (violin) from Greece

Mon Puo Lee, 23, (cello) from Spain

Nathan Meltzer, 16, (violin) from USA

Arsenis Selalmazidis, 26, (violin) from Greece 

2017 WFISC International Jury Announced

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

Pierre Amoyal
Alexander Zemtsov
Raphael Wallfisch

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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Dates for your diary


Closing date for applications

1st December 2016

8 selected semi-finalists arrive in Windsor

12th March 2017

Semi-finals, The Guildhall, Windsor

15th March 2017

Final in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

17th March 2017

Winner performs concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra

September 2017

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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