21-year-old American cellist Gabriel Martins has just minutes ago been awarded 1st prize in the Senior Division at the 2020 Sphinx Competition – in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
A graduate of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music where he studied with Ralph Kirshbaum and current student of Laurence Lesser at the New England Conservatory, Gabriel is a former 1st prize winner at the David Popper International Cello Competition.
Open to American Black and Latino classical string soloists between the ages of 18 and 31, Gabriel will receive US $50,000 plus a number of prestigious solo engagements.
2nd and 3rd prizes were awarded to double bassist Aaron Olguin – and violist Jordan Bak.
This year’s US $5,000 audience prize was awarded to bassist Aaron Olguin.
The 2020 jury comprised: Beverly Kane Baker, Lena Fankhauser, Pamela Frank, Bella Hristova, Charlotte Lee, Melissa Kraut and Tito Muñoz.
2020 SPHINX COMPETITION SENIOR FINAL
LIVE FROM ORCHESTRA HALL AT THE MAX M. AND MARJORIE S. FISHER MUSIC CENTER – IN DETROIT
7.30PM | SATURDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2020
CONDUCTOR RODERICK COX | SPHINX SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
- Jordan Bak (25, Viola)
- Bartok Violin Concerto (2nd & 3rd Mvts)
- Aaron Olguin (25, Double Bass)
- Andres Martin Double Bass Concerto No. 1 (3rd Mvt)
- Gabriel Martins (21, Cello)
- Elgar Cello Concerto in E Minor (4th Mvt)