Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Nathan Meltzer wins Windsor String Competition

3:33, 20th March 2017

Nathan Meltzer has been named the winner of the sixth Windsor Festival International String Competition.

The 16-year-old US violinist was the youngest competitor selected for the semi-final and final rounds. He wins a £5,000 cash prize, 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.

Meltzer, who also won this year’s audience prize, is studying with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard Pre-College, where he is a Starling scholar.He has taken lessons and masterclasses with Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, and Jaime Laredo, and plays an 1844 Italian violin by Johannes Pressenda on loan from Juilliard.

Second prize went to 24-year-old Jonian Ilias Kadesha (Greece), and third prize was awarded to 26-year-old Luke Hsu (USA).

This year’s jury included 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.

The biennial competition is open to violinists, violists and cellists aged between 16 and 26. Previous winners include Ji Yoon Lee (2015) and Benjamin Baker (2013).


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