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 launches the career of an exceptional violinist, violist or cellist.
Launched in memory of festival founder Yehudi Menuhin, reaching all corners of the globe, we encourage, nurture, support and enable prodigious talent to come to fruition. WFISC launches the winner’s professional career through a prize package bringing together in Windsor the world's most esteemed artists, Champs Hill Recordings, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Performances, recitals, management and instruments. Sharing knowledge and experience, we forge international connections for the future.
Not only that, but we bring live music to children. Giving thousands in Berkshire their first opportunity to hear close-up the world's best young musicians. Bringing these international super-stars to our local schools. Inspiring the next generation and opening their eyes to what can be possible. Creating pathways and networks across the globe.
The next competition will take place in Windsor in March 2024.
2024 WFISC Semi-finalists announced:
In alphabetical order by surname:
Andrew Byun, Cello, 25, Canadian
Johannes Gray, Cello, 26, American
Anna Im, Violin, 26, South Korean
Lorenz Karls, Violin, 22, Austrian/Swedish
Leland Ko, Cello, 25, American/Canadian
Yesong Sophie Lee, Violin, 20, American
Chase Park, Cello, 26, American
Jakob Taylor, Cello, 26, American
Edward Walton, Violin, 17, Australian/British
Julia Wang, Violin, 16, Chinese
Kinga Wojdalska, Viola, 25, Polish
Esther Yang, Violin, 23, South Korean
Prize fund valued at over £30,000
Exceptional prizes on offer including: a concerto performances with our Associate Orchestra the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a solo CD Recording with our recording partner Champs Hill Records, and ongoing support and guidance in the years to come.
Prizes for the competition are valued at over £30,000 with a unique opportunity for the First Prize Winner to return to Windsor to play a concerto with the world renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra our Associate Orchestra, in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle during Windsor Festival in September.
WFISC 2021 WINNER Daniil is a current student of Professor Petru Munteanu (Leopold Mozart Centrum, Germany) and Nelly Sarkisyan (E. Darzin Music College, Latvia). Daniil has appeared as...
Jonathan Swensen made his debut playing Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Porto Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Since this debut, Jonathan has performed with the Granada Chamber Orchestra, Florida’s...
American violinist Nathan Meltzer is increasingly hailed as a rising star, offering a compelling combination of exceptional technique and mature musicianship. This season sees his French debut with...
First Concertmaster of Staatskapelle Berlin, Jiyoon Lee is rapidly building an international reputation as an emerging young artist, winning praise for her brilliant virtuosity and passionate performances. Jiyoon’s...
In 2016 Benjamin won 1st Prize at the Young Concert Artists auditions in New York and in 2017 3rd Prize at the Michael Hill Competition in New Zealand...
Multi-award winning cellist Yuki Ito is one of the most prominent young cellists in Japan, based in London since the age of 15. He first came to international...
Diana has given a number of solo performances in the UK, Lithuania, Netherlands, France, Italy and USA. Diana's recent engagements included performances at the Windsor Festival with the...
Brian O’Kane is quickly establishing himself as one of the finest Irish musicians of his generation and is in increasing demand as both a soloist and chamber musician...