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Finals of the Washington International Competition for Strings and Composition

Sunday, May 29, 2022

We are so excited about the upcoming Finals of the Washington International Competition for Strings and Composition! Join us as judges evaluate six finalists who will compete for prizes totaling $46,000, including an audience prize selected by you! A panel of respected string judges listened to the submitted recordings from 245 applicants in the preliminary round. They selected 26 semifinalists who will play at George Washington University on May 27 & May 28, 2022 in the semifinal round (Also free and open to the public. To learn more, click here.)

Judges: Annie Fullard, Daniel Foster, and Emilio Colon

Finalists: TBD

Winning Compositions from this year’s WIC Composition will also be performed by the Sunrise Quartet during the deliberations at this event. Congratulations to our winners, Sam Wu (1st Prize: Terrarium for String Quartet) and Riccardo Perugini (2nd Prize: Madri for String Trio).

The WIC Finals are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Online ticket reservations are available until May 27th. If you reserve your ticket, you can pick it up at the table set up outside the Terrace Theater, not at the Kennedy Center Ticket Office. We also have many tickets available in person for those who are unable to reserve them in advance. Simply arrive at the same table outside the theater and let them know that you did not reserve in advance. These remaining tickets are first come, first served, so getting there earlier will confirm you have a seat. All tickets are general admission (no assigned seats).


The Washington International Competition (WIC) was founded in 1948 to support and assist young classical musicians in developing their careers. The Washington International Competition for Strings is open to string players 18 to 28 years old, who are not under professional management. The WIC for Composition is open to composers between 18 and 35 years old, and the composition must be a chamber work for 3 to 5 players for string trio, string quartet, piano trio, piano quartet, or piano quintet. The next WIC Strings and Composition will take place in 2025. 

Learn more about the Washington International Competition and the FMMC Foundation at

Terrace Theater at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20566
Phone: (202) 416-8000
The Kennedy Center has a paid parking garage. You can learn more here: In addition, there are numerous parking garages around the Watergate, as well as limited street parking.
Foggy Bottom (The Kennedy Center also provides a complimentary shuttle from the Metro – look for the red shuttles when exiting the Metro station).

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