2023 Sphinx Medals of Excellence Honorees Introduced

(Photograph courtesy: The Sphinx Group)


Recognizing extraordinary Black and Latinx classical musicians, the Sphinx Medals of Excellence include a $50,000 profession grant.

The Sphinx Group, which is devoted to remodeling lives by way of the ability of range within the arts, goals to acknowledge artists who early of their profession display creative excellence and show an excellent work ethic, a spirit of willpower, and an ongoing dedication to management and their communities.

Cuban-American cellist Thomas Mesa was the First Prize recipient of the Sphinx Competitors inaugural Robert Frederick Smith Prize in 2016 and was a winner of the Astral Artists 2017 Nationwide Auditions. As a soloist, he has appeared as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Los Angeles Philharmonic on the Hollywood Bowl, The Cleveland Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, amongst quite a few others. Inside the upcoming 2022-2024 seasons, he’ll premiere and tour Jessie Montgomery’s Divided for solo cello and orchestra. He may also begin a residency at Colburn Conservatory and curate and carry out chamber music packages with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Soprano Aundi Marie Moore had her Metropolitan Opera debut as Strawberry Lady within the Met’s 2020 manufacturing of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Earlier highlights embody Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni, L’Opéra de Monte Carlo), Nedda (I Pagliacci, Sarasota Opera), and Mimi (La Boheme, Amalfi Coast Competition. She is a member of the Domingo-Cafritz Younger Artist Program on the Washington Nationwide Opera. She has gained the 2016 Bronze Medal on the American Traditions Competitors and First Place at each the Florida Grand Opera Younger Patronesses Voice Competitors and Vocal Arts Discovery Collection of Washington DC.

Joel Thompson is an Atlanta-based composer, conductor, pianist, and educator. Greatest identified for the choral work, Seven Final Phrases of the Unarmed, he at the moment serves as composer-in-residence with the Houston Grand Opera (HGO). Thompson has collaborated with the New York Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, and Colorado Music Competition. He’s additionally a composer-in-residence on the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.