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2012 Washington International Competition for Strings

Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation

Leslie Luxemburg, Competition Chair


The Washington International Competition for Strings is held every 3 years. The 2012 Competition for Strings semi-finals took place at George Washington University in the Academic Center at 801 22nd Street, NW, in Room B-120 starting at 9:30 am on both Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9. The finals took place on June 10, 2012, at 2:00 pm in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The 56th Washington International Competition for String players took place on March 20–22, 2009. Finals were held March 22, 2009, at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.

Cash Awards
  • First prize each for violin, viola, cello—$8,000
  • Second prize—$5,000
  • Third prize—$2,500
  • Finalist award—$1,000
  • Audience award—$1,000
2012 Winners

The winners of the 2012 Washington International Competition for Strings were:

  • First Prize Violin: Stefani Collins
  • First Prize Viola: Matthew Lipman
  • First Prize Cello: Matthew Zalkind
  • Second Prize: Meta Weiss, cello
  • Third Prize: Ryan Meehan, violin
  • Fourth Prize: John Stulz, viola
  • Audience Prize (tie): Stefani Collins and Ryan Meehan
Performance Awards
  • Solo recital, Phillips Collection in Washington, DC
  • Guest solo performance with the FMMC Orchestra at the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  1. Applicants must not be under professional management.
  2. Applicants must be neither younger than 18 nor older than 28 as of the competition date (birth certificate is required)
  3. First-prize winners of this competition in past years may not apply.

All application materials are available at www.ArtsApp.com/wicstrings. Contestants will be able to submit their application, pay the application fee, and download MP3 selections using this site. Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2012 to March 1, 2012.

Required Repertoire

All repertoire must be performed from memory except accompanied sonatas and the work in Category 5. Contestants must be prepared to perform works in their entirety. The required repertoire follows:

  1. One unaccompanied sonata, partita, or suite for violin, viola (transcribed), or cello by J.S. Bach.
  2. One sonata with piano from the classical, romantic, impressionist, or contemporary period.
  3. One concerto or major piece with orchestra by a composer other than the ones chosen for category 1 or 2.
  4. One short work or movement from a longer work which shows virtuosity.
  5. One unaccompanied solo work by a 20th-century composer.
  6. Required MP3 Repertoire: (a) 5 minutes or less from the Bach selection; (b) 12 minutes or less from the sonata selection; and (c) 13 minutes or less from the concerto selection (include cadenza if applicable but no extensive tutti).

Semifinal and Final Rounds

  • Joseph Silverstein (violin)
  • Martha Strongin Katz (viola)
  • Marc Johnson (cello)

Preliminary Round

  • Robert Battey
  • John Kaboff
  • Teri Lazar
  • Connie Milner
  • Judith Silverman
Official Pianists
  • Audrey Andrist
  • Li-Tan Hsu
  • Colette Valentine

Applicants have the choice of using one of our very capable pianists, with whom they will have a rehearsal, or they may bring their own pianist. We do not supply housing for applicants’ own pianists.