2021 Sphinx Competition Laureates Announced

February 3, 2021, 10:18 PM · Two violinists won first place in each of the two divisions of the 24th annual Sphinx Competition, which was held virtually and ended on Saturday with an online Finals Concert (watch the final concert in the video below).

Samuel Abraham Vargas Teixeira and Amaryn Olmeda
Sphinx First-place laureates Samuel Abraham Vargas Teixeira (Senior Division) and Amaryn Olmeda (Junior Division). Both are violinists.

Venezuelan violinist Samuel Abraham Vargas Teixeira, a student of Sergiu Schwartz at Columbus State University, won first prize ($50,000) in the Senior Division; and California homeschooler Amaryn Olmeda, a student of Simon James at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, won first prize ($10,000) in the Junior Division.

Here is a list of all the laureates in the 2021 competition:

Senior Division Laureates (Age 18-30):

Junior Division Laureates (Age 17 and under):

The Sphinx Competition is open to all junior high, high school, and college-age Black and Latino string players residing in the United States. Jury members for the 2021 competition included Jennifer Arnold, Joel Krosnick, Tai Murray, Philippe Quint, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Matthew Van Besien, and Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt.

Here is the Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, which took place virtually on Saturday.

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February 4, 2021 at 09:20 PM · Congratulations to the winners and best wishes to all participants!

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