International String Competition

The prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition, was inaugurated in 2008. The foremost of its kind in the world, this biennial competition seeks out the star performer of a generation and aims to launch the career of one violinist, violist or cellist.

In light of Covid-19, the 8th Windsor Festival International String Competition will be moved from March to September 2021. The situation in regard to this will constantly be review in line with government advice and restrictions, with confirmation of dates and the opening of entries to be announced as and when this is viable to do so.


2019 WFISC Competition Schedule

  • 23rd March 2019 – 12 selected semi-finalists arrive in Windsor
  • 25th - 27th March 2019 – WFISC Schools’ visits
  • 26th - 27th March 2019 – WFISC 2019 Semi-finals, The Old Court, Windsor
  • 29th March 2019 – WFISC 2019 Final, Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

18th September 2019 – First Prize winner concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of 50th Windsor Festival 2019, Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

Prize fund valued at over £20,000

Exceptional prizes on offer including: a concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra, a solo CD Recording with Champs Hill Records, a fine contemporary bow and ongoing support and guidance in the years to come. The chosen semi-finalists travel to Windsor, UK, to compete in the awe-inspiring surroundings of Windsor Castle and in front of a live audience.

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.

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, Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. The semi-finals will take place at The Old Court, Windsor's community art centre.