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2019 Competition

Launched in memory of festival founder Yehudi Menuhin, and the foremost competition of its kind in the world, WFISC seeks out exceptional young string soloists. Reaching all corners of the globe we encourage, nurture, support and enable prodigious talent to come to fruition, and launch the winner’s professional career. Sharing knowledge and experience, we forge international connections for the future.

The exciting array of WFISC prizes 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, as well as a solo recording opportunity with our Recording Partner Champs Hill Records, cash prizes and a fine contemporary bow. The competition takes place in the unique and glorious surroundings of Windsor Castle, by gracious permission of HM The Queen.

We are delighted and most grateful to be in partnership with our sponsors and exceptional international jury in achieving this.

WFISC Competition Schedule

  • 1st December 2018 – closing date for applications
  • 18th December 2018 – 12 successful semi-finalists informed
  • 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

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