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The 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition took place 15-21st March 2015. Over 160 applicants applied from over 37 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, and associated concerts, masterclasses and schools visits to the heart of the local Windsor community. This year we were delighted to have been able to expand the competition to include a Berkshire Young String Player 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

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 and a fine bow from Bishop Instruments and Bows, as well as a solo recording opportunity with our recording partner Champs Hill Records. The next WFISC will take place in March 2017, with the closing date for entries 1st December 2016.

Meet the WFISC Winners


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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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!" 

Results of 5th WFISC 2015

The results of the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition were announced on Friday 20th March, with prizes presented by Patron, HRH The Earl of Wessex.

First Prize - Ji Yoon Lee

Second Prize - Timothy Ridout

Third Prize and Audience Prize - Elina Buksha

Many Congratulations indeed to all WFISC 2015 winners!


"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


WFISC Winner 2015, Ji Yoon Lee performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Jac Van Steen in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle.

24th September 2015

Applications open for the 6th Windsor Festival International String Competition

1st September 2016

Closing date for applications for the 6th Windsor Festival International String Competition

1st December 2016

6th Windsor Festival International String Competition

12th – 19th March 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