4 Senior Finalists have just minutes ago been announced at the 2019 22nd Annual Sphinx Competition – in Detroit, United States.
Open to American Black and Latino high school and college students, the annual competition is aimed at the encouragement, development and recognition of classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities.
2019 Senior Division Finalists are:
- 24-year-old cellist Laura Andrade
- 19-year-old cellist Sterling Elliott
- 26-year-old violist Caleb Georges
- 21-year-old violinist Adé Williams
“Whilst our jurors have historically progressed 3 candidates to the senior final round, due to the outstanding level of today’s semi-final performances, the jury have s taken the uncharacteristic decision to progress 4 young artists this year to compete on Saturday for the $50,000 Robert Frederik Smith prize,” had mmmSphinx Organization President and Artistic Director Afa Dworkin has told The Violin Channel.
The 2019 Senior 1st prize winner will receive US $50,000 – plus a number of important performance opportunities.
This year’s jury comprises: Jenny Bilfield, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Patrice Jackson, Ani Kavafian, Jeffrey Ziegler, Edison Ruiz and Steven Tenenbom.
The Final Round will be held on Saturday the 2nd of February at Detroit’s Orchestra Hall.