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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.

In light of the ongoing global pandemic, the 8th Windsor Festival International String Competition has been moved from March to September 2021 and all rounds will take place digitally.


WFISC 2021 Results:

1st Place and Audience Prize Winner: Daniil Bulayev, 17, Latvia Watch Daniil's Final Performance
2nd Place: SongHa Choi, 21, South Korea Watch SongHa's Final Performance
3rd Place: Otoha Tabata, 21, Japan Watch Otoha's Final Performance

Competition Schedule

Semi-Final and Final performances will premier on YouTube and at The Old Court at the times below.

SEMI-FINAL 

SUNDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER

11am Minchae Kim, Violinist, 26, South Korea | Watch now
12noon Daniil Bulayev, Violinist, 17, Latvia | Watch now
1pm Grace Huh, Violinist, 18, USA | Watch now
3pm Otoha Tabata, Violist, 21, Japan | Watch now
4pm Maxim Calver, Cellist, 21, UK | Watch now
5pm Ariel Horowitz, Violinist, 25, USA | Watch now

MONDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

11am Connor Kim, Cellist, 25, USA | Watch now
12noon Bacem Anas Romdhani, Violinist, 25, Tunisia | Watch now
1pm Julia Angelov, Violinist, 20, USA/Bulgaria/Japan | Watch now
3pm Maja Horvat, Violinist, 25, Slovenia | Watch now
4pm SongHa Choi, Violinist, 21, South Korea | Watch now
5pm Andrew Byun, Cellist, 23, Canada | Watch now

6.30pm Announcement of 2021 WFISC Selected Finalists, by live video stream from The Old Court Auditorium

WFISC 2021 FINAL FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER

7.30pm SongHa Choi, Violinist, 21, South Korea | Watch from 7.30pm
8pm Otoha Tabata, Violist, 21, Japan | Watch from 8pm
8.30pm Daniil Bulayev, Violinist, 17, Latvia | Watch from 8.30pm
 
9.30pm Announcement of WFISC 2021 results, by live video stream from The Old Court Auditorium | Watch from 9.30pm

All rounds will take place digitally for the 2021 Competition due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic and associated restrictions.

September 2022: First Prize winner concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra as part of Windsor Festival 2022, 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 our recording partner Champs Hill Records, and ongoing support and guidance in the years to come.

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.

Previous Winners