First Prize of the 8. International Violin Competition Leopold Mozart (Augsburg/Germany) was awarded to the 20 years old Canadian violinist Maia Cabeza. Jonian Ilia Kadesha (Greece/Albany) won Second Prize and  Thomas Reif (Germany) won Third Prize.

Violinist Maia Cabeza was born in Japan in 1992 and began studies in Toronto at the age of 4. Accepted at 13, she recently received her Bachelor of Music from the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein. Currently, she is furthering her studies in Berlin, Germany at the Hochschule für MusikHanns Eisler‘ with professor Ulf Wallin. In addition, she has began an internship at the Orchestra Academy of the ‘Berliner Philharmoniker,’ which includes concerts with the orchestra, chamber music performances, and studies with Thomas Timm, leader of the 2nd violins.

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