MASTA Solo Competition Winners

The 20th biennial MASTA Solo Competition was held online November 1, 2020. Guest competition judges were two principal members of the Toledo Symphony: Kirk Toth, Concertmaster and Amy Cheng, assistant principal cello. The judges decided to award two gold and two silver prize winners this year, due to the high level of competition participants. Gold prizes were awarded to violinists Danqi Zeng (Danielle Belen, teacher) for performance of Fugue from Sonata in G Minor by J. S. Bach and Caprice No. 23 in E-flat Major by Niccolo Paganini; and violinist Bright Johnston (Aaron Berofsky, teacher) performance of Andante from Sonata in A Minor by J. S. Bach and third movement of Concerto No. 3 by Camille Saint Saens. Silver Prizes were awarded to violist David Forman (Melissa Knecht, teacher) performance of Prelude from Cello Suite No. 3 by J.S. Bach and 2nd movement of Viola Concerto by William Walton; and violinist Javier Torres (Danielle Belen, teacher) performance of Andante from Sonata No. 2 by J. S. Bach and 1st movement of Concerto No. 3 by Camille Saint Saens.

Javier Torres