20 exceptional Black and Latinx string players across two divisions will compete for nearly $100,000 in prizes in January 2024
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The Sphinx Competition, held every year in Detroit (MI), is a US competition offering young Black and Latinx classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with and receive mentorship from established professional musicians.
The competition comprises a junior division (ages 17 and under) and senior division (18 to 30). The junior division honors concert will be held on Friday 26 January 2024, where finalists will compete for the top $10,000 prize and perform with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra.
The following day on Saturday 27 January will see the senior division finals concert held at Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. Senior division finalists compete for the $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize and solo appearances with major orchestras.
The competition has announced the semi-finalists that will compete across the Junior and Senior divisions next year. They are:
JUNIOR (ages 17 and under)
Ana Isabella España, violin
Anthony Dorsey, violin
Catalina Wooldridge, cello
Gabriela Salvador Riera, violin
Jan Vargas Nedvetsky, cello
Noah Carr, violin
Quincy Alexander Eby, viola
Rebecca Beato, violin
Sonya Moomaw, cello
SENIOR (ages 18 to 30)
Aaron Olguin, bass
Andres Sanchez, cello
Bethlehem Kelley, violin
Christian Luevano, bass
Edward Luengo, cello
Hannah White, violin
Julimar Victoria Gonzalez Leon, violin
Nathan Amaral, violin
Nazeeh Shahid, viola
Victor Daniel Diaz Sanchez, viola
Virgil Moore, violin
The 2024 Sphinx Competition jury will comprise Joseph Conyers, Randall Goosby, Alasdair Tait, George Taylor, Elena Urioste, Seth Parker Woods and John Zion. The 2023 edition was won by cellist Brandon Leonard (junior division) and violinist Njioma Grevious (senior division).
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