The annual Detroit contest, including senior and junior divisions, is open to black and Latino US string players
Thomas Mesa (pictured, left) has won the senior division first prize, worth $50,000, at the 19th Sphinx Competition in Detroit, Michigan.
The 25-year-old Cuban-American cellist is a member of the St Petersburg Piano Quartet, and has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. A teacher at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and at the St Petersburg International Music Academy, he is currently studying for a doctorate of musical arts at the Manhattan School of Music, having graduated from The Juilliard School in 2012 and Northwestern University in 2014.
Senior division second prize, worth $20,000, was awarded to 20-year-old violinist Annelle Gregory, while third prize went to 21-year-old cellist Guilherme Nardelli Monegatto.
In the junior division, first prize, worth $10,000, went to 16-year-old violinist Maria Sanderson, second prize to 13-year-old cellist Ifetayo Ali and third prize to 17-year-old bassist Nicholas Arredondo.
Held annually, the Sphinx Competition is open to junior high, high school, and college-age black and Latino string players residing in the US, with the aim of developing classical music talent in the black and Latino communities.
Photo: Thomas Mesa, Annelle Gregory and Guilherme Nardello Monegatto