Sphinx Competition is near, Feb. 13-17
Sphinx Competition for young Latino and Black
String Players, presented by the
Foundation and hosted by the Detroit Symphony
Orchestra, will bring 19 of the country’s top young string
players to Southeast Michigan.
Over the past 16 years, Sphinx artists have made more than 250
solo appearances with orchestras around the country, engaged
100,000 young people in schools and community centers
nationwide, and reached 5 million in broadcast audiences. This
year’s guest artist is
a gifted and versatile pianist and arts ambassador. The
Sphinx Competition is made possible with support from the
John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation.
Competition, to be held February 13-17, 2013 at
the Max M. Fisher Music Center in its entirety for the
first time, will feature performances, professional development
opportunities for all participants.
2012 first place Senior Laureate, performs;
photo credit: Glenn Triest.
Selected from a national pool of applicants, the 19 semi-finalists
will compete for more than $25,000 in prizes, performance
opportunities with major orchestras across the country and full-
tuition scholarships to leading music institutions.
semi-finalists range in age from 12 to 25, and hail
from 12 states. Each year, young Black and Latino string players
from around the country audition for the competition, which has
awarded more than $1 million in prizes and scholarships since
Junior Division Laureates will compete for first place at the
Honors Concert on Friday, February 15, 2013, at
12:00PM in partnership with the
Musical Society, based in Ann Arbor. The Senior
Division culminates in the Finals Concert Sunday, February 17th
at 2:00PM. Both concerts will be held at Orchestra Hall
in Detroit. Both the Honors and Finals Concerts will feature the
Sphinx Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Elliott.
The all-Black-and-Latino Sphinx Symphony Orchestra brings
together renowned professional musicians from around the
Tickets to the Finals Concert are
available at the Max M. Fisher Music Center
at DSO.org or 313-576-5111. Ticket prices range from $10-$25.
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