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Laureates in the 2015 Sphinx Competition Announced

Laurie Niles

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Published: February 2, 2015 at 6:14 PM [UTC]

Congratulations to the winners of the 18th annual Sphinx Competition in Detroit, Mich.!

The Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino strings players provides an opportunity for young musicians of color to compete under the guidance and mentorship of internationally renowned musicians. Jury members this year included: Philippe Quint, Stephen Shipps, Chi-chi Nwanoku, Jeffrey Zeigler, Karlos Rodriguez, Matthew VanBesien, John Madison, and Toni-Marie Montgomery.

Senior Division Laureates:

Sphinx senior laureates

  • First place ($50,000):
    Violinist Eduardo Rios, 19
  • Second place ($20,000):
    Violist Michael Casimir, 23
  • Third place ($10,000):
    Violinist Annelle Gregory, 19

Eduardo Rios is currently a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn School, where he studies with Robert Lipsett his assistant Danielle Belen. At Colburn, he is co-concertmaster of the Colburn Orchestra and first violinist of the award winning Alma String Quartet. The Quartet was selected as the student fellowship quartet for the 2014 Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, as well as the McGill International String Quartet Academy. In Los Angeles, Eduardo is currently concertmaster of the American Youth Symphony conducted by Alexander Treger.

Junior Division Laureates:

Sphinx junior laureates


  • First place ($10,000):
    Violinist Hannah White, 14
  • Second place ($5,000):
    Violist Mira Williams, 16
  • Third place ($3,000):
    Violinist Maria Sanderson, 15

Hannah White is in her fifth year as merit scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago's Academy, where she studies Almita Vamos and Dr. Hye-Sun Lee. She has performed as a soloist with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Madison Symphony Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Oistrach Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony, Music Institute of Chicago Academy String Orchestra, Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra String Orchestra, and Waukesha Area Youth Orchestra. She is a member of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra Senior Symphony and has played in many other youth orchestras.

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