Finalists Introduced at Detroit’s 2022 Sphinx Competitors


The Sphinx Group, a US non-profit group devoted to the event of younger American Black and Latin classical musicians, hosts a contest and convention yearly to showcase younger expertise all through America.

Initially slated to be held in Detroit with in-person participation, each occasions have now pivoted to virtual-only owing to uncertainty over the COVID-19 variant developments.


The 2022 Junior Division Finalists (17 years and below) are:

  • Ana Isabella España (Violin)
  • Brandon Leonard (Cello)
  • Jonathan Okseniuk (Violin)

The 2022 Senior Division Finalists (18 to 30 years outdated) are:

  • Kebra-Seyoun Charles (Double Bass)
  • Gabriela Lara (Violin)
  • Harper Randolph (Viola)



For this 12 months, all candidates will carry out their repertoire with a collaborative pianist submitted by video. Traditionally, the six Sphinx finalists from each divisions have carried out reside with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra at Detroit’s Orchestra Corridor.

The highest prize on this 12 months’s Senior Division will obtain the $USD 50,000 Robert Frederick Smith Prize plus various solo appearances with main orchestras. The Junior 1st prize winner will obtain US $10,000, various solo engagements plus a nationally-broadcast radio look on ‘From The High’. Viewers prizes may even be awarded in each classes.

For the Junior Division Remaining Spherical, every competitor will carry out both the primary motion from Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 4, Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Main or Koussevitsky’s Double-Bass Concerto.

For the Senior Division Remaining Spherical, every competitor will carry out the primary motion from Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Violin Concerto in G Minor, the fourth motion of the Roberto Sierra Viola Concerto, the primary motion of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Cello Concerto No. 2, or the third motion of Andres Martin’s Double-Bass Concerto No. 1.

All semi-finalists and finalists may even have entry to scholarships and advantageous instrument loans by means of the Sphinx Music Help Fund.



“We now have made the tough determination to carry the twenty fifth Annual Sphinx Competitors and SphinxConnect: Forging Alliances convention nearly with no in-person participation,” Sphinx Basis Govt Director Afa Dworkin this week mentioned.

“The choice was made in mild of the uncertainty over the COVID-19 variant improvement and in the end to make sure the well-being of our neighborhood.”

The 2022 competitors jury includes Zuill Bailey, Danielle Belen, Juan-Miguel Hernandez, Patrice Jackson, Midori, Laura Snyder, and Melissa White.

Earlier prize winners embrace VC Artists Xavier Foley, Gabriel Martins, Sterling Elliott, Santiago Cañon Valencia, Randall Goosby and Jordan Bak.

The Remaining Competitors Spherical shall be streamed reside on The Violin Channel on January twenty ninth at 7:00 PM (ET).



The parallel SphinxConnect convention will happen from Thursday, January 27 by means of Saturday, January 29 on-line additionally with greater than 70 audio system taking part in over 20 classes. This 12 months’s distinguished visitor audio system embrace Grammy and MacArthur Award-winning musician and Inventive Director of Silkroad, Rhiannon Giddens, and The Juilliard College Preparatory Division Dean Weston Sprott.

The Violin Channel may even stream various chosen reside discussions from the convention.

Full schedule and registration particulars can be found at:




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