5th Windsor Festival International String Competition 2015 

In 2008, Windsor Festival launched its first international string competition in honour of Yehudi Menuhin. Menuhin, along with Ian Hunter, was one of the founding Artistic Directors of the Festival and his orchestra and family, along with many friends, were the major participants in the early years.

Windsor Festival International String Competition

Since its conception O'Carroll Artist & Project Management has worked as consultant to the competition devising the evolving structure of the competition, advising on the marketing of the event to young international musicians, working with the festival to secure prizes and concert opportunities for the prizewinner and to appoint the Jury.

The competition is an important and integral addition to the Festival and through it, the Festival's vision is to build strong relationships with the next generation of performers, to ensure that talent is nurtured, encouraged and supported is being achieved.

The 5th Windsor Festival International String Competition will take place in Spring 2015.  The now biennial competition for violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26 years, attracted over 100 musicians from over 30 different countries in 2013 and First Prize was awarded to violinist, Benjamin Baker from New Zealand.  The winner of the 2015 competition will receive, amongst other prizes, a cash prize of UK£5,000, a contemporary bow to the value of £5,000 from Bishop Instruments & Bows, an invitation to perform a concerto with the Phiharmonia Orchestra in the main Windsor Festival programme in September 2015 and the opportunity to record a commercial CD with Champs Hill Records (www.champshillrecords.co.uk).

In 2013 we were delighted to announce a new addition to the competition in the form of three international string masterclasses.  These masterclasses, given by members of our eminent jury, take place in Windsor during the competition week and will be open to the general public.  In addition all semi-finalists come into the local schools to play and talk to students in the East Berkshire area.  There is also the opportunity for young string players to bring their instruments and join in in a specially devised workshop for them.

The 2015 competition takes place between the 15th and 21st of March 2015 and we are delighted to welcome young string players from as far afield as the United States, Taiwan and South Korea. New additions to this year’s competition includes a masterclass given by Raphael Wallfisch and the inauguration of the 'Berkshire Maestros String Player of the Year’, a Berkshire wide string competition to encourage excellence in string player in the county. The prize winners of this competition will be invited to the final of the Windsor Festival International String Competition and will receive their prizes from HRH The Earl of Wessex. Outreach remains a strong focus of the competition with each of our 8 semi-finalists visiting, talking to and playing to schools in the locality during their stay in Windsor. This the competitor the opportunity to develop their own confidence in reaching out to the audience of the future and also gives our local children unique access to string playing of an international level. This year we had over 160 entrants from across the globe and details on the successful 8 semi-finalists may be found on http://www.wfinternationalstringcompetition.com Entries to the 2017 competition will be welcomed from September 2016.