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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.


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 take place in the historic Windsor Guildhall.