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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 pandemic and associated restrictions, the 8th Windsor Festival International String Competition has been moved from March to September 2021 and all rounds will take place digitally.


2021 WFISC Competition Schedule

  • 15th August 2021: closing date for applications 
  • 27th August 2021: 12 successful WFSIC 2021 semi-finalists selected 
  • 26th — 27th September 2021: WFISC 2021 Semi-finals (Selected Semi-finalists will submit their pre-recorded semi-final recital programme in advance, as agreed with competition management)
  • 27th September 2021: WFISC 2021 Finalists announced
  • 30th September 2021: WFISC 2021 Finalists record their Final programme live from their resident country, under WFISC Management supervision
  • 1st October 2021: WFISC 2021 Final streamed for public and adjudication

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