Windsor Festival International String Competition names three finalists

Violinists Luke Hsu, Nathan Meltzer and Jonian Ilias Kadesha will perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle

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The sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition has announced the three violinists (pictured) selected to perform in tomorrow’s final, held in the Waterloo Chamber of Windsor Castle, UK.

The finalists are:

Luke Hsu, 26, USA
Nathan Meltzer, 16, USA
Jonian Ilias Kadesha, 24, Greece

The candidates will compete for a top prize including a £5,000 cash award, a concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra during this year’s Windsor Festival, a fine contemporary bow to the value of £5,000 from Bishop Instruments and Bows, a solo recording on Champs Hill Records, and further performance opportunities.

This year’s jury includes violinist Pierre Amoyal, violist Edward Vanderspar, cellist Raphael Wallfisch, Philharmonia Orchestra managing director Helen Sprott, Decca Records executive producer Alexander Van Ingen, and Windsor Festival director Martin Denny.

Open to international violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26, the biennial contest has received 170 applications from 44 countries this year. The 2015 contest was won by violinist Ji Yoon Lee, while winner 2013 contest was violinist Benjamin Baker.

For full details visit the competition website.