The event takes place at Windsor castle, outside of London, in March next year


Applications are now open for the 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition 2015. Taking place at Windsor Guildhall and Windsor Castle – an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen – the competitions runs from 15 to 21 March next year, and is open to international violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26.

First prize includes a concerto performance with the Philharmonia Orchestra on 24 September 2015 at the Windsor Festival, a £5,000 cash award, a fine contemporary bow to the value of £5,000 from Bishop Instruments and Bows, a minimum of two recitals, and a solo recoding opportunity with Champs Hill records. There are also cash awards for second and third prizes.

This year’s jury includes violinist and Royal Academy of Music professor Erich Gruenberg; Sydney Symphony principal viola and Sydney Conservatorium lecturer Roger Benedict; and cellist, and Zürich Winterthur Konservatorium and Royal Northern College of Music professor Raphael Wallfisch.

The winner of the 4th Windsor String Competition was violinist Benjamin Baker.

The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014. Visit the competition website for full details.

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