The Fifth Windsor Festival International String Competition
The 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition took place in March 2015. Applications for this prestigious competition were invited from all over the globe. We received over 160 applicants from 37 countries, and following 2 preliminary rounds, 8 impressive young semi-finalists were selected, who travelled to Windsor to participate in this competition, bringing an international competition to the heart of the local Windsor community and culture. In 2015 on the 5th anniversary of the competition, we are delighted to have been able to expand it to include the inaugural Berkshire Maestros Young String Player of the Year and a range of string related events for every age and taste – enabling everyone to get involved and join us in discovering the most esteemed soloists of our generation and inspiring our local youth of today. The 5th WFISC was won by South Korean violinist Ji Yoon Lee, in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle on Friday 20th March, with the prizes presented by Patron HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The next WFISC will take place in March 2017, with applications invited from September 2016, closing date 1st December 2016.
“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!”
Ji Yoon Lee, WFISC 2015 Winner