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The D’Addario String Prize Competition (class 300) is the Festival’s premier string competition. The recital competition is open to conservatoire students of Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. The recital must include two or three varied pieces taken from Concerto, Sonata, Showpiece or Solo repertoire, with a time limit of 20 minutes.
Tuesday 23 April 2024 – from 10:00am
Entry fee £35, Closing date: tbc
The Festival is grateful to D’Addario Orchestral for their generous sponsorship of the following prizes:
First Prize £500
Second Prize – £100 voucher *
Third Prize – £50 voucher *
* The vouchers awarded are to be used to buy D’Addario products at special festival prices. Winners will be given these prices with their prize vouchers.
The prize will be awarded not only for the performance of a balanced and well-designed programme. Entrants will find themselves adjudicated not only on the depth of their musicianship but also on how they present themselves. A verbal introduction to the musical programme is an integral part of the performance. Every entrant will receive a written adjudication sheet and a certificate of participation. Entrants are reminded to wear dress appropriate for a performance.
If an entrant has been a pupil of the Adjudicator in the year prior to the Festival or is well-known to the Adjudicator, they should contact the Section Administrator before entering.
Download a copy of the 2023 String Syllabus
Please click on the link below to apply. The first time that you use the new entry system, you will need to register.
To see videos from 2021, 2019 and 2018 competitions, click the ‘read more’ link below.Read more
The video below contains extracts from the prize-winning performances of the 2021 online competition.
The video below shows performances from the 2019 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Hilary Sturt, and Markus Lawrenson from D’Addario.
The video below shows performances from the 2018 D’Addario String Prize Competition together with interviews with the adjudicator, Diana Cummings, and Markus Lawrenson.