The 17-year-old violinist receives $10,000 and concert engagements

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Violinist Ana Isabella España

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US violinist Ana Isabella España, 17, has won  first place in the 2024 Sphinx Competition’s junior division. The finals took place on 26 January at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Michigan. US violinist Rebecca Beato, 17, from Forest Hills, New York, won second prize, while US cellist Sonya Moomaw, 13, from Cincinnati, Ohio, won third. The three finalists performed a concerto movement alongside the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra – both violinists performed the first movement of Mozart’s Violin Concerto no.3, and Moomaw performed the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major, including a cadenza she wrote herself. 

Alongside first prize, España receives $10,000 and solo concert engagements with major orchestras. Beato’s second place comes with a $5,000 cash prize, while third place comes with $3,000. 

Originally from New York City, España is a student at the Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music High School. She is a student of Lynelle K. Smith and Masao Kawasaki.  Other competition wins include the VIVO International Music Competition, Cremona International Competition for Strings and the Kaufman Music Center’s Concerto Competition. She also recevied third prize in the 2022 edition of the Sphinx Competition junior division. 

The senior division finals will take place at the Max M. Fisher Music Center at 7:30pm on 27 January. 

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