Sora Sato-Mound


Sora studies the violin with Professor Atis Bankas at The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists of The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada, on a full scholarship. Most recently, Sora won first place in all four categories he competed at OYMI Music Festival in May 2024, including the Concerto Category. Additionally, he won first place in the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition, and he will perform as a soloist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in its 2024-2025 season. Previously, Sora has been a prize winner of: the North York Concert Orchestra Concerto Competition, Canada; the Kocian International Violin Competition, the Czech Republic; the Vienna International Music Competition; the Unionville Music Competition, Canada; ENKOR International Violin Competition; the Oakville Chamber Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition, Canada; and the Taylor Academy Concerto Competition, Canada. He performed as a soloist with North York Concert Orchestra, Oakville Chamber Orchestra, Glenn Gould School Chamber Orchestra, Canadian Sinfonietta, and Gould Strings Quartette. Sora is a passionate young composer: his arrangement of Myroslav Skoryk’s Hutsul Triptych for Symphony Orchestra for three violins was premiered in Niagara On The Lake in the summer of 2023 to critical acclaim. Sora is a grade nine student in the gifted program at the Western Technical-Commercial School in Toronto.