The Sixth Windsor International String Competition
Nathan Meltzer, from the USA, has won WFISC 2017, the youngest ever winner, aged just 16 years old.
Also winning the Audience Prize, Nathan Meltzer was announced First Prize winner by this year’s panel of international jury: violinist Pierre Amoyal; violist Edward Vanderspar; cellist Raphael Wallfisch; Helen Sprott Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra; Executive Producer of Decca Records, Alexander Van Ingen and Windsor Festival Director, Martin Denny in front of a sold out audience in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle on Friday 17th March 2017.
HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of Windsor Festival, presented Nathan Meltzer with his First Prize and Audience Prize. Valued at over £20,000, the first prize includes a concerto performance with Associate Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra in the magnificent and unique surroundings of the Waterloo Chamber Windsor Castle in Windsor Festival on 19th September 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.
Jonian Ilias Kadesha, 24, from Greece, was awarded second prize of £2,000 and Luke Hsu, 26, from USA, third prize of £1,000. Inspired by the exceptional and noteworthy performances of all three finalists and the careers clearly ahead of them, bow partner Sean Bishop was moved to also award Jonian and Luke each with a fine bow from his collection.
"I am at a loss for words. Everything about it was inspirational. It was awesome to think the buildings were centuries older than the music -- When you're playing amidst seven centuries of history, it feels less certain the world will end if you miss a note. I loved Windsor. Thank you for an incredible, inspiring, unforgettable week; I really cannot thank everyone enough!!!” Nathan Meltzer, WFISC Winner 2017
WFISC 2017 Competition Events
“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