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.
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.
Location: 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.