The Sixth Windsor International String Competition

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Eight of the world’s most exceptional young string players have been successful in reaching the semi-finals of the sixth biennial Windsor Festival International String Competition (WFISC) which will take place 12th – 18th March 2017, in Windsor Castle, by kind permission of Her Majesty The Queen. The foremost of its kind in the world for violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26 years, WFISC is a prestigious competition where the first prize includes concerto performance with associate orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra; and a solo CD recording with Recording Partner, Champs Hills Records.

These eight will compete in the semi-finals on 15th March 2017 in front of an audience and this year’s panel of international jury, distinguished musicians: violinist Pierre Amoyal, violist Alexander Zemtsov and cellist Raphael Wallfisch. They will be joined by the Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra; Executive Producer of Decca Records, Alexander Van Ingen and Windsor Festival Director, Martin Denny for the final on 17th March, for which three of the semi-finalists will be selected to perform in the exquisite Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle.

The winner will receive prizes to the value of £20,000. These include a concerto performance with Associate Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in the magnificent and unique surroundings of the Waterloo Chamber Windsor Castle in Windsor Festival 2017; a fine contemporary bow to the value of £5,000 from Bishop Instruments and Bows; a solo recording opportunity with Recording Partner, the Royal Philharmonic Society award winning independent recording label, Champs Hill Records; recitals; and a cash prize of £5,000. There is also an audience prize, and further cash prizes for second and third place.

WFISC 2017 Competition Events

12th March 2017 WFISC 2017 Opens

12th March 2017 Berkshire Young Musician of the Year Final 2017 – Strings
Venue: The Guildhall, Windsor

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13th & 14th March 2017 WFISC Schools’ Visits
Venue: Schools throughout the region

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15th March 2017 WFISC Semi-finals
Venue: The Guildhall, Windsor

  • 10am Arsenis Selalmazidis
  • 11:45am Karolina Errera
  • 12:45pm Nathan Meltzer
  • 3pm Mon Puo Lee
  • 4pm Zornitsa Ilarionova
  • 5pm Jonian Ilias Kadsha
  • 7:30pm Rose Hsien
  • 8:30pm Luke Hsu
  • 10pm Adjudication

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16th March 2017 Masterclass with Pierre Amoyal
Venue: The Guildhall, Windsor

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17th March 2017 WFISC 2017 Final
Venue: Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

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18th March 2017 Berkshire Maestros Concert with WFISC Laureates
Venue: St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

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September 2017 Winner of WFISC 2017 performs concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra
Venue: Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

Tickets available Summer 2017


“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, Winner of the 2013 WFISC



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