New Zealand-born violinist Benjamin Baker has won the fourth
Windsor Festival International String Competition. The 23-year-old
(pictured), who is studying with Natasha Boyarsky at the Royal
College of Music, received £5,000, engagements, a solo recording
with Champs Hill Records and a violin bow. As part of the prize,
Baker will give a concerto performance in Windsor Castle on 27
September, with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Nicholas
Second prize went to US-born Japanese violinist Yuka Ishizuka, 25, and 26-year-old Marisol Lee from South Korea, also a violinist, came third. In total, violin players made up six of the eight semi-finalists this year, with one violist and one cellist also in the running. The jury included violinist Erich Gruenberg, viola player Paul Silverthorne and cellist Thomas Demenga.