WFISC Winners

The 6 WFISC winners, since the inauguration of the competition in 2008, have all gone on to superb success in the musical world, launching wonderful careers.

Nathan Meltzer - 2017

Nathan Meltzer was the youngest ever winner of the Windsor Festival International String Competition - aged just 16 when he won in 2017. This September he will return to Windsor to perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra, as part of his first prize. He will also be in and around Windsor and London visiting schools and other events, so keep an eye on the diary or sign up to our mailing list to keep up-to-date with chances to hear him live.

You can watch him live here in a recent recording with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra of the Carmen Fantasie, the very piece he played in his prize-winning performance in Windsor back in March:

Major upcoming events:

19th September 2017 Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra in Windsor. Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle

Jiyoon Lee - 2015

Jiyoon Lee has most recently been appointed concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin, following further competition success, amongst them winning the Carl Nielsen Competition in 2016, after coming to the attention of the musical world when she won WFISC in 2015. Resulting invitations from her successes have included concerto performances throughout Europe, and we look forward to her recording her WFISC Prize Champs Hill Recording this summer - keep a look out for its release later this year.

Major Upcoming Events:

Summer 2017 recording Korngold & Nielsen Concerto with Odense Symphoniker

July 2017 recording Recital CD  with Champs Hill Records

From September 2017 joining Staatskapelle Berlin as the first concertmaster under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

Benjamin Baker - 2013

Benjamin Baker following winning WFISC 2013, that same year went on to be selected as a YCAT artist in the UK, then in 2017 he was selected as a YCA in the US - so appearing frequently on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as across the globe. This year sees him travelling back to his native New Zealand this summer to compete in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition that he has been selected for, along with concerto performances, including a return invitation from the Philharmonia Orchestra.

Yuki Ito - 2011

Yuki Ito has been highly instrumental in developing a fully international career - appearing equally as frequently in his native Japan as well as here in the UK and throughout the rest of the world. His recording with Champs Hill as part of his WFISC prize was a stepping stone to many further things, not least of which is his second album due for release by Sony Music, which we can’t wait to hear later on in 2017 when it is released.

major upcoming events:

15th November 2017 Yuki’s second album "The Romantic" from Sony Music Entertainment is to be released

He was honoured to give a recital to commemorate the 120th birth of legendary author Kenji Miyazawa for worldwide TV broadcast by NHK Japan (100th anniversary soloist was Yo-Yo Ma), which was  broadcast worldwide on the 5th March (of course in the UK too!) and will be re-broadcast again worldwide - date TBC.

Yuki is also excited to be a cover-artist for one of the most-read Music Magazines in Japan called "Sarasate" (May 2017's cover-artist is Maxim Vengerov).

Diana Galvydyte - 2009

Diana Galvydyte performed the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins, following her WFISC win in 2009. She now performs regularly in a wide-variety of venues with her duo partner, Christopher Guild, with whom she recorded her WFISC prize disc with Champs Hill Records, and is also a teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School.

Brian O'Kane - 2008

Brian O'Kane has gone on to become the cellist of the Navarra String Quartet, an exceptional and thriving group who have built an international reputation as one of the most dynamic and poetic string quartets of today. Along with appearances at major venues throughout the world, they have also inaugurated their own festival.

We are delighted that Brian’s solo CD on Champs Hill Records has recently been released - you can check it out and hear some snippets here