Semi Finalists Announced for Detroit's 2021 Sphinx Competition

Hosted every year, the competition is open to American Black and Latino classical string soloists between the ages of 18 and 31

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Sphinx Organization MPower Grant Recipient Black Latino

To be held virtually this month, the Sphinx Competition announced its 2021 Semi-finalists.

The 2021 Senior first prize winner will receive US $50,000 plus a number of prestigious solo engagements.

The Junior Division Semi-Finalists (17 years and under) are:

  • Ian Barnett (Violin)
  • Isabela Diaz (Violin)
  • Gabriella Foster (Violin)
  • Kearston Gonzales (Violin)
  • Brandon Leonard (Cello)
  • Jonathan Okseniuk (Violin)
  • Amaryn Olmeda (Violin)
  • Dillon P. Scott (Viola)
  • George T.A. Wolfe-McGuire (Cello)

 

The Senior Division Semi-Finalists (18 to 30 years old) are:

  • Paul Aguilar (Violin)
  • Quenton Xavier Blache (Cello)
  • Kebra-Seyoun Charles (Bass)
  • Maïthéna Girault (Violin)
  • Christian Gray (Bass)
  • Luiz Fernando Venturelli (Cello)
  • Mikel Rollet (Viola)
  • Samuel Abraham Vargas Teixeira (Violin)
  • Andres Vela (Bass)

 

The 2021 jury will comprise of Jennifer Arnold, Joel Krosnick, Tai Murray, Philippe Quint, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Matthew Van Besien, and VC Artist Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt.

The Semi-Final round will be streamed live on The Violin Channel from 10am (EST) on Friday January 15th, 2021. You won't miss a beat.