Laureates Announced in the 2017 Sphinx Competition

February 12, 2017, 10:31 PM · Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition, which concluded Sunday with a Finals Concert in Detroit, Mich.!

The Sphinx Competition is open to all junior high, high school, and college-age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S. Jury members for 2017 were Joseph Conyers, Aaron P. Dworkin, Pamela Frank, Charlotte Lee, Dimitri Murrath, Merry Peckham and Lara St. John.

Here are this year's laureates:

Senior Division Laureates (Age 18-30):

Sphinx Senior Division Winners 2017
L-R: Santiago Cañón Valencia, Annelle Gregory and Gabriel Martins.

FIrst Place ($50,000): Annelle Gregory, 21, violin
USC Thornton School of Music
Teacher: Glenn Dicterow & Michael Tseitlin

Second Place ($20,000): Santiago Cañón Valencia, 21, cello
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt
Teacher: Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt

Third Place ($10,000): Gabriel Martins, 18, cello
USC Thornton School of Music
Teacher: Ralph Kirshbaum

Junior Division Laureates (Age 17 and under):

Sphinx Junior Division Winners 2017
L-R: Joshua McClendon, Katia Tesarczyk Parraguez and Ifetayo Ali-Landing.

First Place ($10,000): Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 14, cello
Teacher: Hans Jensen

Second Place ($5,000): Katia Tesarczyk Parraguez, 15, violin
Saint Paul Central High School
Teacher: Sally O’Reilly

Third Place ($3,000): Joshua McClendon, 16, cello
Interlochen Arts Academy
Teacher: Crispin Campbell

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February 13, 2017 at 11:41 PM · I was around during the Sphinx competition this weekend and was excited to see all the young participants.

I heard Ifetayo perform a few years ago at the Chicago Suzuki Institute - she was very advanced for her age and played with a beautiful sense of expression. I'm extremely proud of her and of all the winners.

February 15, 2017 at 11:52 PM · The first place winner Annelle Gregory played on a new violin made by our member Don Noon! Congratulations to Miss Gregory and Mr. Noon.

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