Current Competitions

2018 Washington International Competition for Strings

June 22–24, 2018

We have selected 30 semifinalists – 12 violinists, 8 violists, and 10 cellists. They come from five countries – China, France, Germany, South Korea, and the United States.

2018 Washington International Competition for Composition

Our Winners

First Prize:  Matthew Peterson (United States) — November (Pas de deux) for string quartet
Second Prize:  Pablo Borrás (Argentina) — Semillas for string quartet

Both compositions will be performed on June 24, 2018, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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Matthew Peterson
WIC Composition
First-Prize Winner

Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson has made his mark as an independent, vital new voice in composition since moving from North Dakota to Sweden in 2008. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he graduated from Gotland Composer School (A.D. 2009), Indiana University (M.M. 2008), and St. Olaf College (B.M. 2006), where his teachers included Sven-David Sandström and Mary Ellen Childs. He has taught composition and related subjects at Gotlands Tonsättarskola, Indiana University, and Lilla Akademien, among other institutions. A freelance composer in Stockholm, he lives in a cabin on the island Lovö.

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Pablo Borrás
WIC Composition
Second-Prize Winner

Pablo Borrás

Pablo Borrás is an Argentinian pianist and composer. He graduated from the National University of Arts and the School of Fine Arts Music in Quilmes, Argentina. As a composer he has won national and international prizes, such as Juan Carlos Paz Prize from the National Arts Fund in 2007 and 2016, the first prize of the Emasagra Foundation of Granada, Spain, in 2010, and the Ars Nobilis Prize in 2009 and 2011, among others. As a pianist, he performs with the Municipal Orchestra of Tango de Berazategui and other Argentine music groups.