2018 Washington International Competition for Strings

2018 Sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club Foundation

Chen-Li Tzeng, Competition Chair, wicstring2018@gmail.com

Grace McFarlane, Assistant Competition Chair, gbottelier@gmail.com

Leslie Luxemburg, Foundation Director, wicstrings@gmail.com

The 2018 Competition for Strings semifinals will take place at George Washington University in the Benjamin T. Rome Music Hall at 801 22nd Street, NW, in Room B-120 on both Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23. Finals will take place on June 24, 2018, at 2:00 pm in the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Competition History and Purpose

The Washington International Competition (WIC) was established in 1950 to support outstanding young classical musicians in their pursuit of professional careers. The WIC occurs in a three-year rotation for piano, strings and voice. As of 1976, a competition for composition of a string quartet is also held concurrently with the strings competition.

  • First prize for violin, viola, cello—$10,000 each
  • Second prize—$5,000
  • Third prize—$3,000
  • Finalist award—$1,000
  • Audience award—$1,000
Performance Awards
  • Solo performance opportunities in Washington, DC including an appearance with the Avanti Orchestra.
  • Applicants must not be under professional management.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 28 (as of the date of the competition). Proof of age will be required.
  • Previous first-prize winners of the competition and current students of the judges may not apply.
Housing and Transportation

The WIC provides local housing for participants, with local transportation and meals offered at the convenience of hosts. Housing is for all semifinalists only, June 21-25.

  • All application materials are available at www.getacceptd.com/WIC. Please direct all questions regarding the application process to Getacceptd at support@getacceptd.com.
  • Applications will be accepted from September 15, 2017 to March 1, 2018.
  • Please address specific repertoire questions to Chen-Li Tzeng at wicstring2018@gmail.com.
  • Application Fee: $125 (non-refundable).
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:

  • One unaccompanied sonata, partita, or suite for violin, viola (transcribed), or cello by J.S. Bach.
  • One sonata with piano from the classical, romantic, impressionist, or contemporary period.
  • One concerto or major piece with orchestra by a composer other than the ones chosen for category 1 or 2.
  • One short work or movement from a longer work which shows virtuosity.
  • One unaccompanied solo work by a 20th or 21st-century composer.
Application Video

Submit a maximum of 30 minutes, chosen from your required repertoire, for the audition video. The video must contain:

  • 5 minutes or less from the Bach selection.
  • 12 minutes or less from the sonata selection.
  • 13 minutes or less from the concerto selection (include cadenza if applicable but no extensive tutti).

List of format and video instructions can be found at www.getacceptd.com/WIC.

Regulations and Instructions
  • No changes in repertoire permitted past the deadline date on March 1, 2018.
  • A jury will review submissions and select approximately 30 semifinalists.
  • All applicants will be notified of the results by mid-April.
  • Semifinalists will be sent further instructions as needed.
Additional Information
  • FMMC Foundation assumes no responsibility for actions of or injuries sustained by applicants or their escorts during their course of stay in the Washington, DC area.
  • All contestants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, DC.
  • The decision of the judges is final and not to be disputed. No contact with the judges is permitted until after the results have been announced.
  • The WIC reserves the right to use any recordings or photographs originated during the competitions, or any photographs or recordings provided by the contestants.