2022 Sphinx Competition Laureates Announced

January 29, 2022, 9:05 PM · Congratulations to the laureates announced on Saturday in each of the two divisions of the 25th annual Sphinx Competition. The competition, normally held in Michigan, was held virtually due to COVID concerns and ended on Saturday with an online Finals Concert (watch the final concert in the video below). The laureates are:

Kebra-Seyoun Charles and Jonathan Okseniuk
2022 Sphinx Competition first-prize winners: bassist Kebra-Seyoun Charles and violinist Jonathan Okseniuk.

Senior Division Laureates:

Kebra-Seyoun Charles is a double-bassist originally from Miami, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Todd Seeber and Lawrence Wolfe. Kebra-Seyoun is currently pursuing his Master of Music degree at the Juilliard School, studying with Joseph Conyers. Growing up the son of an African drummer and dancer, Kebra-Seyoun was exposed to music at a very early age. Kebra-Seyoun is a two-time winner of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s concerto competition, he is the winner of NAACP’s ACT-SO concerto competition, and he has been featured by Performance Today, Young Arts, and From the Top.

Junior Division Laureates:

Here is the Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, which was posted Saturday:

The Sphinx Competition is a national competition in the U.S. for Black and Latinx classical string players. Prizes range from $3,000 to the top $50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize. Jury members for the 2022 Sphinx Competition include Midori, Melissa White, Danielle Belen, Zuill Bailey, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, and Laura Snyder.

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